David Horowitz is a leftist-turned-conservative who has
written many biographies of prominent American families,
including the Rockefellers, the Kennedys, and the Roosevelts.
A former editor of the leftist Vietnam War-era magazine
Ramparts, Horowitz slowly drifted over the years to the
political right. He now runs
Front Page magazine, a conservative Web publication,
and leads the Center for the Study of Popular Culture, a
conservative group based in Los Angeles. He is also a regular
columnist at Salon.com.
In his 10-point advertisement, entitled, "Ten Reasons Why
Reparations for Slavery is a Bad Idea and Racist Too," Horowitz
argues that black Americans don't need to be compensated for
the slavery of their ancestors because whites ended slavery
136 years ago. He also noted that most white Americans'
ancestors didn't even own slaves.
Horowitz, who called reparations "one more attempt to turn
African Americans into victims," also points out that blacks
already have access to compensation through welfare and
affirmative action programs. He asserted that black Americans
are better off economically than black Africans, and owe a
debt of gratitude to their country for the freedom and
prosperity they enjoy.
While Horowitz has said that he has made peace with being
branded a conservative troublemaker, he told the Los Angeles
Times in April that he was deeply offended at being called a