Race and racial bias

Dartmouth undone

Featured image It turns out that rendering “they” a singular pronoun is not Dartmouth President Phil Hanlon’s greatest outrage against common sense in favor of the contortions of political correctness. It’s not even his greatest recent outrage. That distinction must go to Hanlon’s toleration of the rampage by BlackLivesMatter thugs through Dartmouth’s Baker Library as students studied for exams. At Dartblog Joe Asch reports: “No charges for BLM confirmed (again).” It is »

Don’t Let Black Lives Matter See This Ad

Featured image The ad below for laundry detergent is currently airing in China. Less than a minute long. Just take it in and ponder how our racial sensitivity enforcers here would react. (Tom Friedman was unavailable for comment.) Not to worry: I’m sure President Trump will ban the import of this Chinese product. »

Obama’s gaps

Featured image President Obama gave the commencement address at the historically black Howard University in Washington yesterday. Politico has posted the text here; the White House has posted the video below. It’s not all bad, but it’s mostly bad. It goes on for 45 minutes that feel like 45 hours and features Obama’s faux ghetto speak. That’s bad too, though it’s not as bad as Hillary’s. Doesn’t anyone in Obama’s circle of »

Leftists Lose Their Lunch Over the Tubman 20

Featured image After years of complaining that America’s paper money featured only dead white guys, a lot of folks on the Left are in a snit that Harriet Tubman is going to replace Andrew Jackson on the face of the twenty-dollar bill. You can practically hear them: “We didn’t mean a gun-toting, Bible-believing Republican black woman! We meant Angela Davis!” Take in someone who goes by the name “Feminista Jones” (described as »

Aspects of the rot

Featured image Victor Davis Hanson captures important aspects of the latter days of the Obama administration in his PJ Media column “Sleeping dogs are waking.” Here he identifies a few signs of the racial mania that Obama has aggravated if not inspired: [T]he Obama era has reawakened ethnic chauvinism and multiculturalism in a way we have never quite seen before in recent American history. Who would have thought that in 2009, the »

A deep secret revisited

Featured image TaxProf Paul Caron excerpts the Wall Street Journal Law Blog’s post on Professor Richard Sander’s attempts to get the California state bar to cough up bar passage data by race. For some reason the powers that be have escaped scrutiny over the racial disparities that dog bar passage rates. Professor Sander’s long legal fight for the data is headed for trial. The authorities guard the relevant data more carefully than »

Princeton Decides to Keep Wilson’s Name Alive

Featured image The controversy over Woodrow Wilson at Princeton is considerably more substantial than nearly all of the petty disputes that have roiled other campuses. After all, Wilson achieved fame as President of Princeton; he was not merely some long-forgotten donor like Isaac Royall. Princeton’s prestigious school of international relations is named after Wilson, and he figures prominently in the university’s history. We have written several times about Wilson’s virulent racism, e.g., »

Kersten’s discipline

Featured image In today’s Star Tribune, my friend Kathy Kersten provides a local St. Paul angle to the politically inspired war on standards that Paul Mirengoff has been writing about over the past several years on Power Line. Kathy’s lead op-ed column will make heads explode all over Minnesota: “The school safety debate: Mollycoddle no more.” There is a relentless quality to Kathy’s analysis that extends from St. Paul Central High School »

When bigotry backfires

Featured image According to David Wasserman at FiveThirtyEight, Donald Trump is at risk of losing delegates because some of his supporters wouldn’t vote for Trump-committed delegates with foreign-sounding names. If Donald Trump somehow falls three delegates short of reaching the magic 1,237 delegates needed for the Republican nomination, he may be haunted by an obscure outcome from the primary voting in Illinois on Tuesday. There’s clear evidence that Trump supporters in Illinois »

Say it ain’t so, Phil

Featured image According to Joe Asch, “word from the inside” at Dartmouth is that no students are currently under investigation or facing College discipline for the Black Lives Matter invasion of Baker Library last November. Readers will probably recall that BLM demonstrators stormed into the library shrieking racist vulgarities and intimidating students who were trying to study. I hope Joe’s sources are mistaken. Otherwise, as Joe says, it means that at Dartmouth »

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 »