Race and racial bias

“We Need To Start Killing These Officers”

Featured image In Madison, Wisconsin, a mob attacked a police officer who was trying to break up a fight: The officer stopped in the area of Prairie Road and Jacobs Way around 6:20 p.m. after spotting a large number of people in the street. He said that as he approached he saw a woman punch a man in the face, and he could see that the woman had a can of pepper »

Black Lives Natter in St. Paul

Featured image The local Black Lives Matter movement took to the streets again in St. Paul yesterday. The marchers, some 40 in all, marched by the Governor’s mansion on Summit Avenue to protest Governor Mark Dayton’s disparagement of their State Fair protest this past weekend as “inappropriate.” That’s stern stuff coming from a liberal Democrat; the Black Lives Matter crowd is not used to that kind of disrespect. Indeed, that is precisely »

Message to #BLM

Featured image The video by Michael Whaley (below) — “Message to the Black Lives Mater movement”— hasn’t gone viral yet, but it should and probably will. I found it on the RealClarPolitics honor roll here this morning. RCP identifies the man with the message as Michael Whaley. Who is Michael Whaley? I learn from BizPac Review that he is 27 years old and was honorably discharged from the Marines in 2012. He »

“Pigs in a blanket”

Featured image The Black Lives Matter protest at the Minnesota State Fair included a frank expression of hatred of the police in the sickening chant “Pigs in a blanket, fry ’em like bacon” (video below). The Star Tribune somehow missed this episode in its coverage of Saturday’s protest on Saturday, hours after the murder of Deputy Sheriff Goforth in Houston. Protest organizer Rashad Turner helpfully explained that the chant is nonviolent; those »

If Obama had a son

Featured image President Obama has not hesitated to inject himself into racially charged incidents involving law enforcement. Indeed, he has not hesitated to aggravate the gravity of these incidents with his own animus. When his friend Henry Louis Gates was arrested for disorderly conduct by the Cambridge police in July 2009, Obama went out of his way to pronounce on the officer’s alleged stupidity. Though the facts of the case were in »

LeDuff’s five-minute mystery

Featured image Charles LeDuff is a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter who has posted the video below as the most recent installment of FOX TV’s The Americans. He titles it “Black Lives Matter. All lives matter. The facts matter.” This installment of The Americans comes with the following summary: “Black men who die at the hands of Police. A nationwide problem brought front and center through video tape. But what about the hundreds of »

Walters & Murray: The New Jim Crow revisited

Featured image After John Walters wrote a Weekly Standard article on President Obama’s commutations of incarcerated drug offenders, I asked him to take a look at Michelle Alexander’s dreadful but influential book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. I noted the Walters article and discussed Alexander’s book in the post “Meet the new Jim Crow, same as the old BS.” Now Mr. Walters has turned his attention »

Black Lives Matter Comes to the State Fair [Updated]

Featured image Today, the St. Paul Black Lives Matter organization marched on the State Fair to protest alleged brutality by the St. Paul police department. The march was long-awaited and something like 900 participants had been expected, but nowhere near that many turned out. The protesters closed down streets and highways on their way to the fair. The main entrance to the fair on Snelling Avenue was closed down, which must have »

Dylann Roof and Vester Flanagan: Compare and Contrast

Featured image We now know that Vester Flanagan was a sort of mirror image of Dylann Roof: black instead of white, gay instead of straight, but like Roof a nut with a cause. Like Roof, Flanagan’s cause was race. Flanagan was race-obsessed and, like Roof, wanted to incite a race war. I agree with Hugh Hewitt that it is a mistake to pay attention to “manifestos” left behind by insane killers. It »

What matters at the State Fair

Featured image What is the point of the Black Lives Matter movement? It represents an assault on law enforcement in the name of racial equity. It mounts a race based attack on the forces of order. It seeks to undermine and overcome democratic politics. Thus the epithet hurled by Ta-Nehisi Coates — a sort of one-man Black Lives Matter gang — in his vile manifesto: “majoritarian pigs.” That’s us. In Minnesota we »

White Cops Kill Another Black Teenager In St. Louis

Featured image The headline says: “Protests erupt in St. Louis after cops fatally shoot teen suspect.” Since it doesn’t say “unarmed teen suspect,” we can infer that the suspect was a criminal who tried to kill the cops. Sure enough: Officers arrested at least nine people and deployed tear gas amid protests in St. Louis over the death of a black 18-year-old who was fatally shot by police after he pointed a »

Her close encounter of the #BLM kind

Featured image Madam Hillary deigned to grant a private meeting on August 11 to activists from the #BlackLivesMatter crew. Weekly Standard reporter Michael Warren advises that the chapter depicted in the video below is from Boston and that the meeting appears to be backstage after an event with Clinton in Keene, New Hampshire. They lecture each other. He who lectures last lectures best. Madam Hillary lectures last. »

The Plight of the Unarmed Perp

Featured image On the anniversary of Michael Brown’s death, the Washington Post published a long article on shootings of unarmed black men that was intended to be racially inflammatory. The subheading was: “A year after Michael Brown’s fatal shooting, unarmed black men are seven times more likely than whites to die by police gunfire.” But the Post’s actual findings were considerably less dramatic: So far this year, 24 unarmed black men have »

Michael Brown commemorated with looting and shooting

Featured image Yesterday marked the one-year anniversary of Michael Brown’s death. The Ferguson, Missouri youth was killed by a police officer whom he violently attacked. No charges were filed against the officer because he acted in self defense. The anniversary served as an occasion for protests in Ferguson. The protests, in turn, served as an occasion for looting and shooting. The Washington Post reports that “while most of those who came to »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll returns with DAYENU – Meditation on the Anniversary of Michael Brown’s Death. She writes: As has been pointed out many, many times recently, when dozens of young Black men a week get killed by other Black men, it doesn’t even make a ripple in the Black Lives Matter crowd. I once saw the following one-paragraph summation in the Chicago paper on about page 32: “A 16-year-old youth was »

My Coates problem–and ours

Featured image I refashioned my posts about Ta-Nehisi Coates’s book Between the World and Me into a column for City Journal. The column has now been published under the heading “An updated racial hustle.” Please check it out if you have any interest in the subject. Dreadful as it is, Coates’s book remains at the top of the New York Times nonfiction bestseller list this week. Culture matters, and this book is »

Bill Otis’s dissent

Featured image The ferocious assault on law enforcement undertaken by Michelle Alexander, Ta-Nehisi Coates, and now the Obama administration culminates in the demand for “criminal justice reform.” It is a cause that appears to be irresistible. Who can stand against “reform,” especially “reform” in the name of racial equity? Heather Mac Donald can. Her invaluable work cannot be cited too often in this context. I quoted from one of Heather’s City Journal »