Race and racial bias

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll explains: WHY I AM BOYCOTTING THE OSCARS. She writes: Oh, mercy me! I realize that by now this is not breaking news but, evidently, black people have not garnered any nominations this go-round in the Oscars. Disaster! Black Awards Matter! It certainly could not possibly be that no individual black actor was outstanding enough in a good enough film to merit such acclaim in 2015. Oh, no. It’s »

The prophetic voice

Featured image When Martin Luther King, Jr., brought his nonviolent campaign against segregation to Bull Connor’s Birmingham, he laid siege to the bastion of Jim Crow. In Birmingham between 1957 and 1962, black homes and churches had been subjected to a series of horrific bombings intended to terrorize the community. In April 1963 King answered the call to bring his campaign to Birmingham. When King landed in jail on Good Friday for »

A sad day revisited

Featured image The mainstream media outlets in the Twin Cities are pale imitations of their big sisters on the coasts, so they aren’t much interested in exploring the novel outrages committed by Black Lives Matter protesters yesterday. Commenting on the coverage on the CBS-owned and operated WCCO-TV yesterday, one reader comments: “Couldn’t believe my eyes tonight while watching the WCCO 6:00 p.m. coverage of the BLM invasion of the Mall of America »

A sad day in Minneapolis [With Comment By John]

Featured image As expected, hundreds of Black Lives Matter protesters disrupted retailers and customers at the Mall of America in suburban Minneapolis. Several of the Mall’s largest stores were locked down. The Mall had law enforcement lined up to deal with the protesters. It appears that at least a few of the protesters arrested. Warned off by the Mall and the coordinated efforts of law enforcement, the protesters moved on to disrupt »

Demanding at Oberlin

Featured image It turns out that my several unreturned calls to Oberlin College officials earlier this week may have given the administration a heads-up on the madness at their door. In a long, sympathetic account, the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram’s Lisa Robertson reports on what must be the zaniest set of demands ever to be served up on a college campus. Robertson’s story opens: OBERLIN — Students in Oberlin College’s Black Student Union have »

What’s happening at Oberlin?

Featured image After posting “The spreading virus: Oberlin edition” this morning, I was struck by the fact that the bizarre and threatening student demands hadn’t been reported anywhere. Could the 14-page document be something other than what it purports to be? This stuff is hard to parody, and there is no wit apparent on the face of the document, but it is way over the top. If it’s the real deal, how »

Star Wars and the Left: The Farce Awakens

Featured image Perhaps you’ve heard this week’s absurdity—MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry (who I am told was somewhere cited as a leading intellectual of our time, but we’ve already explained here how that could be possible) complains that Star Wars is racist because Darth Vader is black. As Glenn Reynolds asks, how is it that Hollywood is such a den of racism? Anyway, our pals at Reason TV have come up with an MSNBC-friendly »

The spreading virus: Oberlin edition: UPDATE (Is this for real?)

Featured image A reader draws our attention to the 14-page set of demands served by Oberlin College’s Black Student Union (ABASUA) on the college’s trustees, officers, “and all other appropriate Governing Bodies.” Absurd as they are, the demands are backed by a threat sounding like a threat of force and prefaced with this statement: Oberlin College and Conservatory is an unethical institution. From capitalizing on massive labor exploitation across campus, to the »

The Ellison elision, cont’d

Featured image Minnesota Fifth District Rep. is an old-time race hustler straight out of the Nation of Islam. He was a self-identified member of the Nation of Islam as recently as his first run for office in 1998. I wrote about his extensive and thoroughly discreditable race hustling background in the Weekly Standard article “Louis Farrakhan’s first congressman.” I posted copies of some key sources in “Keith Ellison for dummies.” Ellison shuns »

At Princeton, Wilson under review

Featured image At Princeton, events have coughed up today’s blather from President Eisgruber. A reader has forwarded the email below to the Princeton community. President Eisgruber recapitulates the regnant platitudes at great length. Chalk him up as another of the academy’s gutless wimps. Long story short: blah blah blah. Slightly longer story: they’re going to be exploring the legacy of Woodrow Wilson. I recommend that President Eisgruber et al. read R.J. Pestritto’s »

Coates’s moment

Featured image Ta-Nehesi Coates was awarded the National Book Award (non-fiction) for Between the World and Me on Wednesday night. It is an utterly abominable book. I wrote about it in the City Journal column “An updated racial hustle.” Christopher Caldwell nailed it in the Weekly Standard. Anthony Daniels administered justice to it in the New Criterion. Most recently, Bill Voegeli took a learned whack at it in the Claremont Review of »

Dartmouth’s disgrace, Hanlon edition

Featured image My first term at Dartmouth I took a great freshman seminar with Professor Peter Bien on Politics and the Novel. We read A Passage to India, Under Western Eyes, The Secret Agent, Guard of Honor, Freedom or Death, The Trial, and a few others. One of my classmates in the seminar was John Floberg. John went through Dartmouth on Navy ROTC, served his tour of duty, went to medical school, »

Dartmouth’s disgrace

Featured image I’m a proud alumnus of Dartmouth College. Apart from my family, I attribute all the good things that have happened to me in my life to my four years on campus and in the classroom there. I remain grateful to the great teachers with whom I had the privilege of studying at Dartmouth. They opened my mind to the great tradition. I identified several by name in “Notes on Dartmouth »

CRB: Beyond hope? Beyond change?

Featured image With its Fall 2015 number, the Claremont Review of Books celebrates its fifteenth anniversary. It has rolled out a new site. It has sent its characteristically excellent new issue off to the printer. And it has let me dip in to the issue to select a few pieces to bring to the attention of Power Line readers. (Subscription services are accessible via the CRB home page linked above — a »

The spreading virus, part 4

Featured image A recent Dartmouth alum provides this summary of events on campus yesterday based on reports from one of her closest friends still on campus: My friend is texting me about a Black Lives Matter protest that happened at Dartmouth last night. Apparently it started as a standard march and chant across campus and devolved into black students screaming at individuals in the library and calling them out by name for »

Yale president apologizes to minority students for failing to make them feel safe

Featured image In the aftermath of the absurd controversy over the potential for offensive Halloween costumes at Yale, president Peter Salovey reportedly has apologized to a large group of minority students for the school’s failure to make them feel safe on campus. “We failed you,” Salovey said (according to the notes of students who were present), adding “I think we have to be a better university; I think we have to do »

Another fake hate crime

Featured image Reading a hard copy of the New York Times this morning, I find Monica Davey’s story “Suspect is charged in St. Louis church fires.” Davey updates on an investigation of church arsons that have been suspected of reflecting racial animus: A man was accused on Friday of setting two fires at St. Louis churches, part of a series of seven arson attacks that had left places of worship around the »