Civil rights

The Wagner case decision

Featured image This past February Paul wrote about the case of Teresa Wagner v. Carolyn Jones, Dean of the University of Iowa College of Law in this post. Like Paul, I had read Peter Berkowitz’s Wall Street Journal column over the previous weekend and noted that the oral argument in Ms. Wagner’s appeal was scheduled before the Eighth Circuit in St. Paul the following Thursday morning. TaxProf Paul Caron picked up on »

Is this where it all ENDAs?

Featured image I’ve suspected for some time that there is something radically out of kilter with the gay rights movement in America. Now, I’m sure of it. The Washington Post reports: Several major gay rights groups withdrew support Tuesday for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act that would bolster gay and transgender rights in the workplace, saying they fear that broad religious exemptions included in the current bill might compel private companies to begin »

Would the civil rights act of 1964 pass Congress today?

Featured image Today marks the 50th anniversary of the enactment of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. It passed Congress over the strenuous opposition, and indeed filibuster, of Southern Democrats. At Politico, Todd Purdum seizes on the occasion to argue that this landmark legislation could not pass Congress today. This is mainly true, he asserts, because “sometime in the 1980s” the Barry Goldwater wing of the Republican Party seized control causing the »

Reparations? Perhaps—But Democrats Should Pay Them [with comment by Paul]

Featured image The idea of paying reparations for slavery is back in the news, courtesy of a rambling article by Ta-Nehisi Coates at The Atlantic that generated a lot of attention. The idea has lots and lots of large practical problems, though is not on its face ridiculous.  (I’m not the only conservative who thinks this: see Seth Mandel at Commentary.com.)  The labor of generations of slaves was stolen by force, which »

Brown v. Board at 60

Featured image Stephan and Abigail Thernstrom rightly celebrate the 60th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education today in the Wall Street Journal, and while I join them in thinking it the correct outcome of the case, it is a source of lasting mischief that the Supreme Court, led by the dubious new Chief Justice Earl Warren, decided the case on entirely non-constitutional grounds–a sorry fact the Thernstroms note briefly. Say what? »

Adegbile nomination comes down to the wire, Part Two [UPDATE - The nomination fails]

Featured image The nomination of Debo Adegbile — best known for leading the contemptible race-baiting defense of cop-killer Mumia Abu-Jamal — to head the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division will be voted on today. It looks likes the vote will be close. I’m told that Joe Biden is on the scene in case he has to break a tie vote. It’s not too late (but will be very soon) to make your »

Adegbile nomination comes down to the wire

Featured image We wrote here, here, and here about the nomination of Debo Adegbile to head the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division. John put it best: Adegbile is a race hustler who is best known as the mouthpiece for guilty-as-hell cop-killer Mumia Abu-Jamal. The “free Mumia” movement is one of the most disgraceful episodes in the history of modern leftism, and Debo Adegbile was not just a participant in, but a ringleader »

FBI Agents revolt against Eric Holder

Featured image First it was the Justice Department’s career prosecutors; now it’s FBI agents. The federal employees responsible for fighting crime are simply unable to digest the anti-law enforcement slop being served up by their boss, Attorney General Holder. The FBI’s beef is with the selection of Debo Adegbile as Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division. The FBI Agents Association’s opposition is based on the way in which Adegbile defended, »

Equal, Separate But Equal, or Equally Separate?

Featured image Next Monday is Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday, and I just got off the phone with a reporter doing a story about it who wonders whether I or any other conservatives thought King’s teachings still had any “relevance” for today.  I explained that King’s thoughts about the permanence of the “title deeds” of the American Founding in the “I Have A Dream” speech, and his embrace of the long natural »

Obama’s war on standards coming to a school near you

Featured image Scott has taken note of the Obama administration’s promulgation of national guidance on how schools should discipline students. The guidance is couched as an attempt (1) to introduce rationality and uniformity into school disciplinary practices which, allegedly, are unfairly causing students to miss too much class time and (2) to address racial disparities in the meting out of discipline. The first goal is phony. The federal government doesn’t know as »

A perverse civil rights crusade

Featured image Paul Mirengoff took note of President Obama’s war on school discipline here earlier this year. This is one war Obama believes in. It is part of the larger ideological war traveling under the rubric of “diversity” or “multiculturalism.” We are all familiar with it. These seem to me a few of the tenets at its core: (a) outcomes must be equal among racial and ethnic groups, except when they accrue »

Obama at war — first with the Little Sisters of the Poor, now with the Fraternal Order of Police

Featured image President Obama has nominated Debo Adegbile to be Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division. Adegbile is best known for heading up the NAACP Legal Defense Fund’s race-based assault on the integrity of a dead Philadelphia police office in a quest to get his murderer, Mumia Abu-Jamal, off of death row. Adegbile is thus the perfect nominee to serve in the position held during most of the Obama administration »

Where will it all ENDA?

Featured image Today, the Senate is expected to vote on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), a bill to “prohibit employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.” Whatever the Senate does, the House almost certainly won’t pass the legislation. Thus, in a sense, the Senate vote is symbolic — a chance for Democrats to tempt Republicans into taking an increasingly unpopular position and a chance for some Republicans to »

Mayors Pledge to Fight 21st Century “Racism”

Featured image The U.S. Conference of Mayors is meeting in Birmingham, Alabama, and some of the mayors have used the occasion to pledge a renewed effort to combat “racism.” Reuters reports: From lunch counters to public buses, the battle over racism in the United States during the 1950s and 60s took place in cities, and five decades later mayors of some of the country’s largest urban areas have vowed to carry on »

What “The Butler” Gets Wrong

Featured image Answer: Just about everything.  At least when it comes to Reagan. I’ve been closeted away all day putting the final touches on a large public lecture I’m delivering tonight at 7 pm at the university, on the subject of why there are so few conservatives in higher education, and I’ll post some excerpts here tomorrow. But for the last several days I’ve been working with Kiron Skinner, Paul Kengor, and »

Did Something Happen on the Mall Today? (Yawn)

Featured image Fifty years ago was the historic civil rights march on Washington, which was highlighted by Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech–the most memorable parts of which apparently were ad libbed. Paul has written memorably about attending that march as a boy; if you want to be reminded of why it was an important event, read his post. Today the Democratic Party staged a 50-year anniversary event on the »

Remembering the great civil rights march of 1963

Featured image Participating in the great civil rights march of 1963 didn’t exactly change my life. But it made my course more fixed, helping inspire me to become a lawyer and, in my first job as such, to work for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. That’s why I’ve written about the march on August 28 of almost every year I’ve blogged. Today, on the 50th anniversary of the march, I thought »