The public should cry out to Heaven for Daley’s crimes! Letters should be written. Explanations demanded. Apologies should be sought—but not accepted. Nothing less than David Daley’s resignation will clear the turgid waters stirred by his repulsive words.
I ask you: what is worse than racism? What sinks as low as assuming a person’s race has any bearing on his person? It does not and cannot, which is why women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Racism hurts peoples’ feelings.
David Daley distrusts whites, the racist. Now this is bad, but it could have been worse. Still, it is bad. Daley thinks whites have occult biases and nefarious motives, that they are slippery creatures intent on sowing disharmony. Not only that, but he spends his time, and his employer’s money, seeking out whites who don’t fit his standard of racial purity.
Daley’s latest victim is Emory University president James Wagner. The story is that Wagner wrote one of those 600-word fluff pieces which appear at the beginning of alumni magazines, titled something like “President’s Corner.” The leader’s picture and signature occupy as much space as do his words. Nobody reads these, nor is anybody expected to. They are hastily produced (I do not say written) by an assistant, and sometimes by the president himself; some suspect they are generated by computer.
Wagner’s piece in the Winter issue of Emory Magazine was about comprise in Congress. He opened with, “During a Homecoming program in September, a panel of eminent law school alumni discussed the challenges of governing in a time of political polarization—a time, in other words, like our own.”
At this point most readers will have nodded off, turned the page, or found something useful to do with their time. Not the racist David Daley, who picked up the scent of ideological impurity. He read on—and now, so must we. Wagner wrote, “One instance of constitutional compromise was the agreement to count three-fifths of the slave population for purposes of state representation in Congress.”
As the price for achieving the ultimate aim of the Constitution—“to form a more perfect union”—the two sides compromised on this immediate issue of how to count slaves in the new nation. Pragmatic half-victories kept in view the higher aspiration of drawing the country more closely together.
Daley pounced. He likely reasoned, “Here is a white person who is trouble because he is white. His column is dangerous, the product of a deranged mind.” Daley wrote in a Salon column, for all the world to see, that Wagner’s article was “shockingly horrible”. He accused Wagner of having a degree in electrical engineering. He claimed Wagner’s historical views “strange.” He mentioned slavery and intimated Wagner wasn’t sufficiently against it.
Word of Daley’s racist screed reached Emory and Wagner and the press. Panic set in. Hands were wrung. Antacids were eaten. Wagner decided to fall upon his knees and grovel, the standard remedy. He re-opened and preppended (sure it’s a word) his article with these words:
Certainly, I do not consider slavery anything but heinous, repulsive, repugnant, and inhuman. I should have stated that fact clearly in my essay. I am sorry for the hurt caused by not communicating more clearly my own beliefs. To those hurt or confused by my clumsiness and insensitivity, please forgive me.
In fairness (unusual in cases of racism, I know), Wagner did write of the notorious compromise that Southern slave owners wanted to count slaves as whole people and that it was northerners who said slaves should not be counted for the purposes of Congressional districting. But he did not initially include the necessary incantations to ward off racist busybodies like Daley. (This post does not suffer because I opened with the truth, which I repeat here as reinforcement, that racism is bad; slavery, too.)
Wagner’s piteous plea did not satisfy the racist Daley, who preppended his original piece with hints that the “university’s trustees” will “react”. He rejected Wagner’s protestations that racism was bad; Daley believed that because Wagner is white he still must be evil and is not to be trusted.
This is clear evidence of racist behavior. On Daley’s part. I ask you to join me in calling for Daley to repudiate his racist actions in the same public forum he used for his sickening attack. Salon’s contact page.