R. Emmett Tyrrell's assumption ("Campus brownshirts go after professor who dares to promote family values," Sunday) that Professor Amy Wax was being persecuted for promoting family values is incorrect. The assumption that she is racist is also suspect. When you use the figures on unwed mothers or single-parent homes, you find (according to an article by NewsOne) that 72 percent of single-parent families in the U.S. are African American. The reasons stated are a cultural shift towards acceptance of single mothers, the lack of governmental support for families and childcare and economic strains on traditional families to stay together. Thirty-six percent of single parents are employed, though at the bottom of the earnings ladder. Stating the fact that a certain population does not have the traditional family role is not racist. It just happens to be true. It says nothing whatsoever about their "values." Simply stated, Mr. Tyrrell weaves a winding tale, while Professor Wax's detractors don't like statistics. More civil discourse and less finger pointing on both sides would be helpful.

JAMES FREDERIKSEN

Janesville

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