Footnotes of an America United

There were these footnotes to the story of America's war on terrorism. To the surprise and dismay of some of their more prominent spokesmen, American blacks are showing greater willingness than whites to have racial or ethnic profiling used in the fight against terrorism.

In one Gallup poll, 71 percent of African-Americans said Arabs, including U.S. citizens, should be given more intensive security checks at airports. Only 57 percent of whites agreed. And 64 percent of blacks favored requiring Arabs, U.S. citizens included, to carry special identification, with only 48 percent of whites agreeing with that. There were similar findings. In a Zogby poll, noted black law professor Angela Davis called the results -- quote -- "very troubling," and the historian and author Roger Wilkins told "The Boston Globe" he was surprised and disappointed.

The NAACP, meanwhile, may have sensed the mood of African-Americans in the aftermath of the September 11th massacre. A visit to the organization's Web site automatically brings up a box with an American flag at the top and a message calling the suicide crashes -- quote -- "attacks against our way of life without equal," and adding, quote, "these tragedies and these acts of evil must not go unpunished. Justice must be served."

Remember Granny D, that's Doris Haddock, the 91-year-old woman who hiked across the country in support of campaign finance reform, ending her trip last year to gushing reviews from the media and elsewhere? Matt Lauer said he loved her and Jimmy Carter called her, quote, "a true patriot."

This is what she says about response to the September 11th attacks. Quote -- "This is not a time for all good Americans to forget their political differences and rally behind the man in the White House. The man in the White House should apologize for the most serious breach of internal security in the nation's history." She adds -- quote -- "The man in the White House has taken every opportunity to make the world less safe, first in North Korea and then in the Middle East and in Russia and China." End quote.

Granny D also repeats as fact the widely-reported notion that the U.S. has given the Taliban $43 million this year as a reward for cracking down on opium growing in Afghanistan. Only Granny D suggests the money might have been -- quote -- "to protect an oil pipeline," end quote. In fact, the money was not given to the Taliban at all. It was, as Secretary of State Powell made clear in announcing it last May, provided to the U.N. and other humanitarian agencies for famine relief.