At the Intersection of Faith and Culture

At the Intersection of Faith and Culture


A Defense of Frank Borzellieri

posted by Jack Kerwick

Until this past week, Frank Borzellieri was a principal of Catholic elementary school in the Bronx,New York.  Once word was released that Borzellieri was a “white supremacist,” however, he was swiftly terminated.

As it turns out, Borzellieri was, at one time, at any rate, a bit friendlier with a certain organization—American Renaissance (AR)—than the self-appointed guardians of our politically correct orthodoxy believes he had a right to be.  AR exists simply and solely for the unhindered promotion of the free exchange of ideas on matters pertaining to race.   For this, it has been branded a “hate group” and purveyor of “white supremacy.” 

I am affiliated with neither AR nor Frank Borzellieri.  But no affiliation with either is necessary in order to recognize that both have been done a great injustice.  I am not affiliated in any way with Rush Limbaugh or Michael Savage, yet this doesn’t preclude me from appreciating the fact that both men have been treated most unfairly by the very same “anti-anti-racists” that have set their sights on AR and Borzellieri: no sooner than he began his job as a football commentator on ESPN, many may recall, Limbaugh lost it for the allegedly “racist” remarks he made regarding Donavan McNabb, and in addition to being fired after a similarly short term career at MSNBC, Savage’s “hatred” also landed him on a list of disreputable types including terrorists and murderers that are prevented from entering England.

The difference, though, between the Limbaughs and Savages of the world, on the one hand, and the Borzellieris, on the other, is that if they live hundreds of years more, the former will never spend another moment worrying about their livelihoods; such, however, is far from the case with the latter.  Not unlike yours truly, Borzellieri invested considerable resources in the way of time and money acquiring an education in a field that isn’t exactly known for being lucrative.  Even less lucrative than the journalism career in which he evidently excelled in was the position of a Catholic school principal that he ultimately chose to pursue. 

Yet now Borzellieri is out of a job for no other reason but that he dared, at one time, to express politically incorrect beliefs concerning race while maintaining an affiliation of a sort with AR.

The more one learns of both AR and Borzellieri, the more this episode becomes at once interesting and disturbing, for you see, if Borzellieri is a “white supremacist” because of his association with AR, then there is a whole lot of other popular media personalities and organizations that are guilty of “white supremacy” because of their association with it.  Some of these have a relationship with Borzellieri as well.  This is interesting.  What is disturbing is that thus far, not one of these personalities or outlets has so much as mentioned the travesty that Borzellieri had visited upon him, much less defended him. 

Let’s begin with AR by focusing specifically on its founder, Jared Taylor.

This “white supremacist” has contributed articles and essays to such publications as the Wall Street Journal; the Los Angeles Times; the Chicago Tribune; the Baltimore Sun; the San Francisco Chronicle; the Boston Globe; National Review; and the Washington Post.  He has also spoken at the University of Pennsylvania, George Mason University, Temple University Law School, Hillsdale College, Howard University, Vanderbilt University, and the University of Texas.  He has taught Japanese at Harvard University and is the author of several books, including a couple that were met with critical acclaim upon their release: Shadows of the Rising Sun: A Critical View of the Japanese Miracle and Paved With Good Intentions: The Failure of Race Relations in Contemporary America.

Taylor made multiple appearances, not just on “conservative” talk radio, but as well in such left-leaning venues as Donahue, Chris Mathews’ Hard Ball, Joe Scarborough’s Scarborough Country, and Queen Latifah’s short lived daytime talk show.  But there is more.  As “Edward Bernays” notes in Vdare.com, “C-SPAN broadcast at least two of AR’s bi-annual conferences and also two press conferences where Taylor was a speaker.”  It is precisely just these bi-annual conferences, not incidentally, that Borzellieri participated in—and it is his participation in them that supposedly establish his subscription to “white supremacy.”  Bernays mentions that when “AR’s groundbreaking Color of Crime report” was released in 1999, it “was actually discussed on the Rush Limbaugh Show….”  Interestingly, it wasn’t Limbaugh himself who actually discussed the report but guest host Walter E. Williams, a black economist who “summarized the report favorably to Limbaugh’s 20 million listeners.”  Taylor even managed to hold “a press conference at the National Press Club to discuss the report” that “was widely attended and resulted in a CSPAN broadcast and national print coverage.”  American Thinker’s Robert Weissberg and Pat Buchanan too are friendly with Taylor and AR.  

However, it isn’t just the aforementioned figures and outlets that are guilty of “white supremacy” for lending legitimacy to Taylorand his ilk.   

In 1999, seven radio talk show hosts spoke to Taylor’s American Renaissance magazine about their views on race, IQ, immigration, white racial consciousness, and the prospects of whites being reduced to a minority within the decades to come.  It may shock some readers to discover this, but among those hosts were Michael Reagan (son of President Ronald Reagan), Michael Medved, talk radio legend Bob Grant, and two black radio personalities, Larry Elder (the “Sage from South Central” (Los Angeles)) and Ken Hamblin (“The Black Avenger”). 

Time constraints prevent a fuller review of the exchanges that transpired between AR and these hosts.  But suffice it to say, all seven of them had nothing but harsh words for the politically correct orthodoxy on these matters.  Particularly surprising were Michael Medved’s comments on these matters. Concerning the 1965 Immigration and Naturalization Act, he said that this issue demands that we make a choice as to whether we want to preserve “Anglo-Saxon culture” or dissolve it. Medved rhetorically asks: “Should Anglo-Saxon be dissipated or should it be respected?”  As to whether IQ differences between the races are genetically based, Medved did not flat out reject this proposition but, rather, replied that the relationship between biology, IQ, and environment is “too complex” to speak given “the few lines” from which he would be quoted.    

Yet the point in alluding to this is not to endorse or refute either AR’s or these radio personalities’ position(s) on these topics.  It is solely to show that if AR is really “the white supremacist” organization that its critics make it out to be, and if Borzellieri is a “white supremacist” for having consorted with it, then Michael Reagan, Michael Medved, Bob Grant, Larry Elder, and Ken Hamblin must be “white supremacists” too. 

As for Borzellieri, if he is a “white supremacist” because of his association with an allegedly “white supremacist” organization, then presumably those who associate with him must not be too terribly uncomfortable with “white supremacy,” if they don’t embrace it altogether.    

This is relevant, for Borzellieri has contributed to, among other publications, Newsday, USA Today, and the New York Daily News.  He has made appearances on Leeza Gibson’s, Geraldo Rivera’s, and Ricki Lake’s shows, Good Morning America, Fox Sunday, The Sean Hannity Show, and The Alan Colmes Show.  In fact he counts Colmes, an avowed “liberal,” as among his “friends.”  National Review and Human Events are among the “conservative” publications that have lavished praise upon Borzellieri. 

Frank Borzellieri has been subjected to rank injustice and no one in either “the mainstream” or so-called “alternative” media has lifted a finger to come to his aid.

Given that the shots to assassinate his character were fired in the pages of theNew Yorkpapers, the Fox News crowd especially must be aware of what he is being made to endure at this time.  And yet there is silence.

If political correctness weakens as the “conservative” movement strengthens, then the abrupt reversal of fortunes that Borzellieri suffers and the refusal on the part of “conservatives” to defend him constitute a powerful commentary on the true condition of their movement.

Jack Kerwick, Ph.D.



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  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment E.I. Burns

    Sad.
    The mandarin class is enforcing its orthodoxies instead of imposing them because the multicultural vision of the universe, and the radical equality-as-sameness that pervades it have gone the way of all tin-heart hollow ideas.
    These patterns of thinking, these aspirations have lost their authority.
    Their acolytes are desperately trying to hold on to whatever strength they have. And where they can’t gain respect through the authority of ideas, they will gain allegiance and obedience through the use of power. Refuse to tread the road they mark, and suffer.
    Hillary Rodham Clinton wants to make this society into one of honor, shame and shunning of the “intolerant.” A society in which a person will make another miserable to either secure or keep his position, a society in which one must “save face”.
    Such ideas are central in the functioning of the Muslim Middle East and Hindu Kush.
    I dare say, no one has worked harder in the last year to transplant the cultural values of the Malakand in the West than she has.
    Only a few can see the betrayal.
    Still, multiculturalism, these orthodoxies, are losing authority, tapping hollow, spoiling on the vine and becoming more and more unpleasant on reflection.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment underdog

    I can spell “tater” Ron P. Smith and D. Ackley. Can I come over and join your club?

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment fugitive

    Dr. Kerwick,

    It’s revealing that not one of your critics has anything intelligent to say: Oddly,they use the same mocking tactics I’ve seen state political police use against enemies of the regime at times when outright brutality would be counterproductive or simply unnecessary.

    The US is in the grip of an intellectual terror far greater than any that existed in the so-called McCarthy/Second Red Scare period. Mr. Borzellieri would be well advised
    to seek work in some place that has some degree of independence from American imperial control-places like India, China, Russia or Singapore.

  • http://www.jackkerwick.com Jack Kerwick

    Jimbo,

    Uh, no, not really, no.

  • http://www.jackkerwick.com Jack Kerwick

    D. Ackley,

    You have contributed nothing in the way of substance or civility to this discussion.

    I am giving you a last chance to do so before I begin deleting your moronic posts.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment d. ackley

    I chanced to glance at your “Anti-Semitism”
    item.
    You can’t keep track of what you write??
    This is the 21st century, the Digital Age!

    FYI: Record-keeping is what computers do best.
    You just tag what you write with its intended placement, which can then be easily retrieved via a key word search. All it takes is a few extra seconds and a few simply key strokes.

    What laziness/sloppiness on your part not to do so. Heck, tt is for your own good!

    (No wonder you can’t bother to spell correctly.)
    I reiterate: This is the 21st century, the Digital Age.
    Or, philosophically, as a conservative, do you regard IT as an evil of modernity with which you minimize your interaction?

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment jimbo

    Lighten up. Chill.

    Why does a simple spelling error matter?
    DonOvan, DonAvan; Michele, MichelLe; IraN,
    IraQ ….

    So President Bachmann orders a nuclear strike on IraN- and thanks to a typo, the orders read IraQ.

    According to the Christian conservative perspective, all “Christ-denying ” Muslims are the same, right?
    No harm, no foul!

  • http://www.jackkerwick.com Jack Kerwick

    Mr. Ackley, please.

    You can be contentious without being insulting. If you would like to converse with me, I welcome it. But we can disagree with each other without being “disagreeable,” as they say.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment D. Ackley

    Thank you for falling into my trap. When challenged to do so, you can, indeed, engage in “due diligence” and get things, including spelling, right. Which leaves you no excuse for ever being lazy/sloppy and not doing so.

    Secondly, there is a keen difference in tone between “snippy” – which is apparently your SOP in responding to critical comments -and being “contentious” – which was the nature of my last posting.

  • http://www.jackkerwick.com Jack Kerwick

    Are you serious? Oh my God. You probably are. There are a few things to bear in mind here.

    First, Mr. Ackley, if you are interested in making a contribution to this discussion, how about you center your attention on the form of my reasoning and the substance of my comments? In other words, focus on my arguments–not a simple misspelling.

    Second, if my misspelling of McNabb, a football player that had essentially nothing to do with my article, discredits my comments, then your misspelling of “Michelle” Bachmann–a front-tier GOP presidential candidate who you obviously despise–renders thoroughly illegitimate everything that you have to say here. Congresswoman Bachmann’s first name is Michele (one “l”). Do you see how ridiculous you sound?

    And one more thing: how would you know what conduct is and is not becoming of a Christian? Again, to use your own reasoning, if making “snippy” remarks is “un-Christian,” then to the extent that you have made nothing but “snippy” remarks here, you apparently are not a Christian yourself.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment D. Ackley

    Dr Kerwick:

    “Snippy” replies, such as that which you tendered to Mr. Smith, are wholly un-Christian!

    More to the point, your “name” misspelling DOES call into question the bona fides of your analysis. If you are too- I guess the word is lazy- to do the “due diligence” to be sure that names are rendered correctly- especially one to which you have had headline exposure for a decade!-then, LOGICALLY, why wouldn’t the same lack of discipline apply to the rest of your research?
    Just like Michelle Bachmann wishing Elvis Presley a happy birthday on the anniversary of his death; and, better yet: warning, “name” example coming up!- her confusing American hero John Wayne with serial killer John Wayne Gacy.

  • http://www.jackkerwick.com Jack Kerwick

    Ron,

    You are such an astute observer, you are so brilliant: thank you sir, for correcting me on my misspelling of McNabb!

    And then, just when I thought you couldn’t be any more brilliant, you turn right around and charge me with “anti-Semitism.”

    You really are too bright to be reading this blog.

  • http://www.jackkerwick.com Jack Kerwick

    D. Ackley,

    If you really think that by misspelling McNabb’s name I discredit my analysis, then you have intellectual challenges of monumental proportions. My article hasn’t anything to do with McNabb–a point that should be obvious just from the title alone.

    Try again.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment D. Ackley

    Kerwick: you live in Mt Laurel, which is near Philadelphia, where you went to Temple University. McNabb played for a decade for the Philadelphia Eagles. And you still can’t spell his name correctly? It is DonOvan, NOT Donavan. And given your ties to Philly, YOU HAVE NO EXCUSE!
    If you can’t even get the basic facts right, how can your analysis be trusted?

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment ron p. smith

    the correct spelling is DonOvan, not Donavan,
    McNabb.

    And, yes, you are still an anti-Semite.

  • http://www.jackkerwick.com Jack Kerwick

    Thanks for reading. It is a terrible shame that more people, including and especially those who know better, aren’t doing the same.

  • http://crusader888.blogspot.com/ crusader

    Thank you so much! I am glad someone is finally speaking sone sense about the victimized Mr. Borzellieri.

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