Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Eugene Volokh wasn't even born when Ward Cleaver was leaving it to Beaver. And Volokh's parents and all his kin were off in the Ukraine somewhere at the time. By what right does David Brooks' confusion of Ward Connerly with Ward Churchill evoke Ward Cleaver in Volokh's imagination? Don't older and native-born Americans have any proprietary rights in our own cultural heritage? Is our very past now the common property of Ukrainian Eugenes-come-lately?