You must head over this morning to The Bush Library Blog, where Michael Phillips -- a researcher at the Center for American History at the University of Texas at Austin and the author of White Metropolis: Race, Ethnicity, and Religion in Dallas, 1841-2001 -- takes on the Great George W. Bush Library and Think Tank Debate. Phillips attempts to explain precisely why it is SMU's faculty -- and much of its student body -- is vehemently opposed to the creation of the W. presidential library and the ironically named Institute for Democracy on the Hilltop.
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The way he figures it, Bush looked at SMU as being synonymous with Highland Park -- his base, the zip code from which he made most of his 2000 campaign moolah -- and figured it'd be, ya know, mission accomplished. Only, not so much: "SMU is blacker, browner, more Jewish, and less wealthy than its host city," Phillips writes. "The same can be said of the SMU faculty." Dr. William Farmer, a SMU prof in the 1960s mentioned in Phillips' essay and this excerpt from his book, would be proud. --Robert Wilonsky