Speaking Out-Vining- Rodin's Welcome Back
The source of this document is Almanac.
`The Last Straw'
I'm writing in response to Judith Rodin's "Welcome Back," Almanac
January 17, 1995, page 1. She has made more than one remark on my
relationship to Pioneer, and this, frankly, is the last straw. I have to
speak out, which I have not done hitherto.
Rodin refers to a foundation "accused of supporting neo-Nazi and
racist agendas." The foundation is the Pioneer Fund, and the recipient
of its funds is me. Who is the accuser? One Harlan Gerard, an alumnus of
this university, in a letter to the trustees dated July 21, 1994. The
letter was forwarded to President Rodin, who responded to the trustees
on August 23, 1994, in a one and a half page single-spaced memo. Where
did Gerard get his information? From a book called The Nazi Connection,
written by a Stefan Kuhl, published by the Oxford University Press in
1994. By the way, I have received about $200,000 from the Pioneer Fund
over about a 15-year period.
In her fifth paragraph, President Rodin writes that "We `permit'
these events [e.g., the funding of me by the Pioneer Fund] because ...,
in truth, we can never wholly prevent them." She also writes of
"tolerating the intolerable," "[h]earing the hateful," as a good way "to
identify and educate the hater," and allowing "offensive" and
"distasteful" ideas, all in the name of academic freedom. So, why is a
chill running down my back? One is.
In the first place, why are Gerard and this book, The Nazi
Connection, authorities on anything? How can we be sure that the latter
is not full of errors, despite its being accurate about me regarding the
amount of funding I received in 1992? That information can be gotten
from the IRS; we don't need a book to tell us how much the Pioneer Fund
gave me in 1992. In the second place, am I a hater? I have been called a
"professor of hate." Whom do I hate: the Jews, blacks, the Chinese?
Finally, are my ideas "offensive," "distasteful," "racist"? I have
gotten no clear answers to these questions from the administration or
from anyone for that matter, just platitudes about "academic freedom"
and "peer institutions." What if the latter were to disappear tomorrow?
Would the former disappear, too? Let me tell you what I have received.
No support whatsoever from either the administration or the
faculty. College presidents, ours definitely included, editors, and
faculty members have been running around scared out of their wits.
Literally. They can mouth the terms, "academic freedom," "peer
institutions," "racism," "Nazi Germany," "IQ," "the Holocaust," and
"eugenics." Then they are struck dumb and fade away. One lesson the
administration/faculty have learned from all of this: don't ever, ever
hire a weirdo like me again and certainly don't give him/her tenure. By
no means give him/her a forum. Which brings us to the media, the Almanac
Doubtlessly, you have read or heard about the "Great Ivy League
Nude Photo Scandal," The New York Times Magazine, Jan. 15, pp. 25 ff. It
was a dead give-away. All the key words were there: "pseudoscience,"
"racism," "Nazi Germany," "IQ," and "eugenics." It was all very
titillating but they stooped very low and not a few errors were
committed (my analysis of this particular article in the media is
available to anyone free: just contact me at 215-898-7750 or at the
Population Studies Center, 239 McNeil/6298 - Ext. 8-6441). But it's
getting tiresome. What next, media? The break-up of Russia? Of course,
we have floods, earthquakes, fires, mudslides, hurricanes, the Menendez
brothers, the Bobbitts, Dahmer, etc. to keep us distracted. And there's
always O.J. Simpson (do you remember the white Bronco scene? It was a
little long and the revolver held at the temple and those cheering
crowds were a little bizarre, but it was a good ad nonetheless) and
Susan Smith, the sniveling Smith, ads that go on and on... But there is
a serious point to be made here about the media. It's doing serious
The Pioneer Fund has about 5 million dollars in assets (actually,
considerably less, 3.5 million, but let's round it up to 5 million to
keep things interesting). The Ford Foundation has about 5 billion
dollars in assets or is 1000 times the size of the Pioneer Fund. The
Ford Foundation has a beautiful headquarters building in New York and
branches, with well-paid staff, all over the globe, in almost all the
important cities of Africa (Cairo, Khartoum, Dakar, Johannesburg,
Windhoek, Lagos, Nairobi and Harare), Delhi, Dhaka, Jakarta, Bangkok,
Manila, Beijing, Rio de Janeiro, Santiago, and Mexico City, whereas
Pioneer has none of these things, to my knowledge. The Ford Foundation
has paid out over $10,000,000 to something called the National Council
of La Raza between 1968 and 1992. What does "La Raza" mean in English?
The Race. What is The Race? It is that special blend of Spanish and
Indian, with bronze skin, straight black hair, and brown eyes (the so-
called mestizo) that predominates in Mexico and Central America. And yet
there has not been a peep from the media about this disgraceful state of
affairs. But what if The Race meant the White Race? The media would have
a story about this for weeks on end. There have been (and probably still
are) Ford Foundation grant recipients on this campus for years. The
silence of our President, Judith Rodin, and of our faculty is deafening.
No recipients of Ford Foundation monies are ever harassed, ever spoken
ill of. It is clear to me, at any rate, that, as they say, "money
But, wait, there's more and worse. Henry Ford, whose fortune
founded the Ford Foundation, not only authored the book, The
International Jew, a profoundly anti-Semitic book that Hitler greatly
admired and that sold millions and millions of copies all over the
world, but also received in 1938 the highest award, the Supreme Order of
the German Eagle, that the Third Reich could bestow on a non-German, was
the only American cited by name in Mein Kampf, and had a full-length
portrait of himself in Nazi party headquarters in Munich. Speaking of a
Nazi connection! Wickliffe Draper, whose fortune founded the Pioneer
Fund, on the other hand, was and did none of these things, to my
knowledge. The hypocrisy of Judith Rodin and of the faculty is mind-
boggling. I think I deserve, at the very least, an apology and
retraction. I'm not holding my breath, by the way, waiting for one. I
know it will not come. But don't think that people are not watching the
universities now because of these hypocrisies; they're too blatant for
them to ignore.
In her ninth paragraph, President Rodin writes the following: "It
is my hope that, in the future, those who know they may offend ... will,
as a matter of simple courtesy, open a dialogue ahead of time with
groups or individuals they know will be affected by their [speech]." God
knows I've tried. I've applied for a column in the DP four times in the
last four years and been turned down every time. I wrote to a Dr. Rick
Sims, faculty master of the DuBois House, in Feb. 1993 offering to give
a seminar entitled, "Blacks and Whites: Cousins, Racially Speaking." No
answer. Then, last winter, I wrote to a Ms. Robyn Kent, President of the
Black Wharton Undergraduate Association, offering to give the same
seminar. Again, no answer. Finally, last winter, I wrote to a Dr. Jeremy
Brochin, the head of Hillel, expressing the desire to discuss with some
students there my paper, "Reflections on the Jewish Holocaust after
Watching Schindler's List," and enclosed the paper. Brochin did write
back, saying he disagreed with almost everything I had written and,
later, supplied me with the address of Elie Weisel, whom I had
criticized in the paper. But Brochin steadfastly protected the students
at Hillel. He never let me near them. He just ignored my pleas. I think
it fair to say that the onus of opening a dialogue lies elsewhere than
The trustees and President Rodin have been badly fooled. Neither
- Daniel R. Vining, Jr.
Associate Professor of Population Studies