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The Center for Equal Opportunity (CEO) is a public policy research organization that has no interest in how Samuel Francis earns his living (“Angry White Male,” 1/19). Although I find some of Francis’ writings deeply troubling, I never participated in nor did I ask my staff to participate in a campaign to oust Francis from his post as a Washington Times columnist. And despite the story’s dark hints, I have never spoken to Times Editor in Chief Wesley Pruden on the subject of Francis or his ideas. In short, there was no conspiracy.
Last summer, however, CEO did begin to collect samples of Francis’ published articles. CEO authors write on a variety of topics, often with a focus on race and civil rights. We take ideas seriously, and for that reason we regularly analyze the ideas and published views of a number of scholars and writers. We have published critiques on various Afrocentric scholars, for example. We considered a similar dissection of Francis’ published materials but abandoned the project before the article was written. The only thing that has come of CEO’s research are two letters to the editor, only one of which has been published so far, in the Wall Street Journal on Dec. 1, 1995.
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