NCAS: PRM-46 & Other Race-based Urban Legends
Posted: 26 August 2007 12:36 PM   [ Ignore ]
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Memorandum 46—allegedly revealing a sinister government plot to undermine black leadership in the U.S. and to sow discord with Africans abroad—recently gained renewed prominence on black talk radio. Casey Lartigue will discuss the history of and question the veracity of the anti-black version of Memorandum 46, and examine why black activists, politicians, and talk show hosts have been so eager to believe that the Carter administration concocted such a plot. Lartigue will also examine other race-based urban legends.

Casey Lartigue, Jr. is a former policy analyst with Cato’s Center for Educational Freedom. His research expertise includes school choice, teacher quality and minority education. His writings have been published in USA Today, Ed. magazine published at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Education Week, the New York Post, the Washington Times, Asian Week and the Washington Post. Before joining the Center, he worked as a staff writer at Cato. He has spoken at the National Press Club, Harvard Law School, the Harvard Graduate School of Education, been a guest on the Rush Limbaugh Show, and testified before Congress on school choice in the nation’s capital. Prior to joining Cato, Lartigue taught English and worked as a language examiner in Taiwan and South Korea. Lartigue received a bachelor’s degree from the Harvard University Extension School and a master’s degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Until recently he hosted the Casey Lartigue talk show on XM Radio.

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Posted: 27 August 2007 05:31 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Sounds pretty right-wing.

Will there be a podcast or transcript of this talk?

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Posted: 27 August 2007 08:45 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Thanks for your question ...

First, I see i forgot to mention — This is a program of the National Capital Area Skeptics —  see ncas.org for details.

Whatever “wing” one might assign him to — His arguments about the PRM-46 conspiracy theory are skeptical and fact-based.

There may be a DVD of his talk — later — watch ncas.org for that.

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Posted: 27 August 2007 09:13 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Very interesting.  More details would be nice to hear about if there are anymore in the near future.  It’s hard to make an informed opinion on this with so little info.

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Posted: 28 August 2007 03:57 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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Here is the real Memorandum 46, PRM/NSC-46, which concerned Central America, not Africa:

http://www.fas.org/irp/offdocs/prm/prm46.pdf  (it’s in PDF format)

Whoever concocted “Memorandum 46” missed the boat - Presidential Directive (as opposed to Presidential Review Memorandum) 46 remains classified, listed as having a “sensitive title” at the Carter Library.  It is also dated 21 March 1979, not 17 March 1978.

I leave it to intrepid historians to speculate about what was going on in March 1979 that might remain sensitive now (I’d guess something about Iran).

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Posted: 29 August 2007 10:02 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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At DJ’s suggestion, I moved this thread to the announcement area, but there should be a shadow thread in the original area.

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