Bid to Condemn Prof May Die in Senate
Karen Branch, "Bid to condemn prof may die
in Senate," Tallahasse Herald, Friday 30 April, 1999
TALLAHASSEE --- The black, Hispanic and Jewish
members of the Florida Senate have co-sponsored a resolution to
condemn a Florida State University professor who wrote an admiring
forward to the autobiography of David Duke, a former Ku Klux Klan
But Senate leaders are refusing to allow a debate
on the matter.
Sen. Daryl Jones, D-South Dacc, chairman of the
legislature's black caucus filed the proposed resolution (S 2742)
It says: "The Florida Senate condemns the
racist, intolerant and divisive teachings of Professor Glayde
Whitney as an affront to the values and morals of our state and
nation, and repudiates his views with this instrument of truth."
The Herald left an e-mail message and a phone
message for Whitney, who could not be reached for comment.
Senate leaders say the bill was filed too late
to fully examine the issue.
"I don't know a whole lot about this,"
said Sen. John McKay R-Bradenton, chair of the Rules Committee
that serves as gatekeeper to bills.
"If this gentlemen did all these things,
it's completely abhorrent. But before the Senate as a body accuses
someone of anything, you have to go through a deliberative process."
McKay told Homes there should first be a Senate
hearing to allow Whitney a chance to defend himself.
They wanted a deliberative hearing to put people
under oath to prove this guy actually said and did these things,"
Jones said. "I think his record speaks for itself."
Whitney wrote a glowing introduction to Duke's
book, My Awakening. The FSU psychology professor has said
he believes Duke relied on "good science" to separate
schools and perhaps even live in separate countries.
"[Duke] challenges all the sacred cows of
modern life, and he does so with intelligence and emotion,"
Whitney wrote. "Voltaire and David Duke are warriors in a
conflict that is as old as civilization."
FSU President Talbot "Sandy" D'Alemberte
said he strongly disagrees with Whitney's views, which he said
are "very distasteful." But he also has defended Whitney's
right to free speech.
The senator's who signed onto Jones resolution
are: Howard Forman, D-Cooper City; James Hargett, D-Tamp; Roberto
Casas, R-Hialeah; Kendrick Moek, D-Miami; Mandy Dawson-White,
D-Fort Lauderdale; Ron Klein, D-Miami Beach; Mario Diaz-Dalart,
R-West Dade; Alberto Gutman, R-Miami; Steve Geller, D-Hallendale;
Burt Saunders, R-Naples; Berry Holzendorf, D-Jacksonville.