Scholarships from council defendedI am a single parent...

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March 10, 1994

Scholarships from council defended

I am a single parent buying a house in Baltimore City. My daughter attends public school in the city, and had it not been for the councilmanic scholarships she would not have had the rewarding experience of attending Saturday classes at the Maryland Institute College of Art.

Recent news reports have implied that mostly financially secure families received the scholarships. Maybe so, but so did my daughter, and we are not financially secure.

I worry that these reports will hurt the councilmanic scholarship program. If citizens of Baltimore City lose these scholarships, where will we get the help to send our kids to programs like that at the Maryland Institute?

Many low-income families depend on such scholarships. I hope that the City Council keeps them.

Judy Berlin


ADL's bad deeds

I abhor and condemn all manifestations of anti-Semitism, oral or written, regardless of the source. But which is worse? Hateful words or hateful deeds?

Now that the Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith, accompanied by a huge media chorus, is loudly demanding that black leaders publicly and demonstratively repudiate the Nation of Islam (with which I have no affiliation), based on anti-Semitic remarks attributed to one of its representatives, it is entirely fair to ask exactly what amends the ADL itself intends to make -- not for ugly verbiage, but for positively malicious acts of commission it has recently perpetrated.

Last spring, in an event that generated far less publicity than the current "Farrakhan flap," police raided the ADL's offices in San Francisco and Los Angeles respectively.

A small mountain of evidence was unearthed indicating that the ADL was using illegally obtained police files to spy on 950 political organizations and tens of thousands of individuals.

It should be noted that the objects of the league's surveillance were not simply neo-Nazis, skinheads or similar hate-mongers, but groups and persons spanning the entire political spectrum.

For example, both the NAACP and the United Farm Workers were among their targets, as were some right-to-life groups with zero history of violence or bigotry.

Even Jewish Americans who dissented from the ADL's party line were being "monitored." And in certain cases, that purloined data was being sold to foreign governments, including that bastion of racial tolerance, South Africa.

That the ADL lawyers were able to work out a classic "sweetheart" arrangement to avoid indictments in exchange for the payment of a fine in no way obscures the fundamental issue, which is not legal, but moral-political: Why on earth is an organization supposedly dedicated to combating bigotry engaged in this McCarthyite type of activity?

Six months later, the ADL got caught again.The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals specifically named the league for its shameful role in the persecution of John Demjanjuk, the man falsely accused of being "Ivan the Terrible" of Treblinka.

three-judge panel found in November that U.S. Justice Department officials had either recklessly disregarded or outrightly hidden substantial evidence of Demjanjuk's innocence while prosecuting him, directly attributing this "fraud upon the court" to the corrupting influence of the ADL on those prosecutors.

The ADL's actions nearly caused John Demjanjuk to wrongfully lose his life. It is still very much under legal suit by a former U.S. congressman on behalf of its numerous "domestic espionage" victims.

Now, without a hint of shame, it demands apologies for bad things others have said. But when and how will the ADL make restitution for the reprehensible things it has done?

Jim Olson


Reverse bias

I am angered by the discrimination I was subjected to recently at the National Aquarium in Baltimore.

I replied on behalf of my 13-year-old daughter to an advertisement for a junior science camp to be held at the National Aquarium this summer.

After receiving the application, I became concerned by a question on "Race." The choices were: black, Hispanic, Native ,, American and "other." I took it that my daughter, being white, need not apply.

I called the aquarium asking if my daughter would be eligible to attend the camp. They explained that the program was being sponsored by the government as a way to incorporate more minorities in the sciences.

Because my daughter's dream is to one day work with dolphins, she was very excited about the program. We looked into other programs at the aquarium but found none comparable to the one advertised.

As a mother who is trying to raise my child with goals and respect for others it was difficult to explain that she would not even be considered for this camp because she is white.

It did not matter what her dreams were or what her grades were. As a taxpayer, I am concerned and angered by such a blatant example of racial discrimination.

Rosemary Alluisi


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