Race and racial bias

Who wants to be “Willie Hortoned”

Featured image Willie Horton was an inmate at a Massachusetts corrections facility serving a life sentence for murdering a man when he received a weekend pass thanks to a prison furlough program maintained by then-governor Michael Dukakis over the objection of the state legislature. While out of prison, Horton twice raped a Maryland woman after pistol-whipping, knifing, binding, and gagging her fiancé. When Dukakis ran for president against George H.W. Bush, a »

The decriminalization delusion

Featured image Heather Mac Donald has made herself the most valuable player supporting law enforcement in the teeth of the generation-long movement against it originating in the American Civil Liberties Union. The movement has now culminated in Black Lives Matter and embedded itself inside the Obama administration. Celebrating its twenty-fifth anniversary, City Journal has just published Heather’s powerful new essay on the subject under the title “The decriminalization delusion.” I asked City »

Comey, complete and unexpurgated

Featured image Yesterday’s New York Times carried Michael Schmidt and Matt Apuzzo’s page-one report “FBI chief links scrutiny of police to rise in violent crime.” On Thursday President Obama spoke up for the virtues of the disgusting Black Lives Matter movement. On Friday at the University of Chicago Law School FBI Director James Comey provided a sort of counterpoint. Comey’s comments do not comport with the Times’s prescribed views or, I think, »

Non-existent hate crime prompts $1 million diversity initiative

Featured image The Daily Caller reports that the University of Delaware is launching a $1 million “diversity” initiative in response to a non-existent hate crime. The “hate crime” consisted of “nooses” supposedly found hanging from a tree on campus. But the police found, and demonstrated through a video, that the alleged nooses were just the remnants of paper lanterns from an earlier campus event. No matter. One administrator said the mere thought »

Heather Mac Donald Explodes Criminal Justice Myths

Featured image Today the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on proposed legislation to “reform” criminal sentencing by, inter alia, releasing large numbers of felons from federal prisons. The great Heather Mac Donald testified in opposition to the proposed changes. The video below, of her opening statement, is only around six minutes long, but it is an excellent introduction to the topic. Some notable quotes: Drug enforcement was not the driving factor »

Clock faker is honored guest of Sudan war criminal

Featured image Ahmed Mohamed, the 14-year-old fake clock-maker who caused such a stir at his Texas high school, is expected to meet President Obama at the White House this weekend. Obama holds the lad out as a victim of anti-Muslim prejudice even though, as John has argued, his “invention,” which resembled the timing device of a bomb and was placed in a suitcase dummied up to look like a bomb, reasonably triggered »

Whose lives matter to Democrats?

Featured image Anderson Cooper asked some good questions during tonight’s Democratic presidential debate. But the best question, I thought, came from a young black man, via Facebook. He wanted to know whether “Black lives matter or all lives matter.” Sanders had the first shot. He answered unequivocally, “Black lives matter.” Martin O’Malley was up next. He once landed in trouble for stating the audacious proposition that all lives matter. He wasn’t going »

A die-in to kill for

Featured image The Twin Cities Marathon went off without a hitch yesterday. The perfect weather didn’t hurt a bit. The Star Tribune reports that Kenyans placed first, second, and third among the men competing in the race. An Ethiopian joined two Kenyans in the top three among the women. A good time was had by all. Black Lives Matter could not be reached for comment. As you may recall, the local Black »

Don’t disrupt this!

Featured image The Twin Cities Marathon is a spectacular event. It is scheduled in early fall, soon enough to catch the trees changing colors. The course is spectacular (map here), taking runners from downtown Minneapolis around Minneapolis’s lakes, down the Mississippi river, across the river into St. Paul, down St. Paul’s most beautiful street, ending at St. Paul’s Capitol Grounds. The Marathon promoters brag that it is “the most beautiful urban marathon »

Disrupt this

Featured image The Black Lives Matters crowd is opening a new front in the war on racism this weekend in St. Paul. The local crew has announced its intent to disrupt the Twin Cities marathon on Sunday. The Star Tribune reports the story on page one in “Black Lives Matters marathon protest stirs fears, spurs backlash.” I hear that in journalism school they teach reporters to cover the the who, what, when, »

The Clock Faker Goes International

Featured image The story of Ahmed Mohamed is one of the most revealing of our time. Ahmed, a 14-year-old Texas student whose father keeps running for president of Sudan, took apart a clock and stuck the clock’s workings in a case with a lot of wires, dummied up to look like a suitcase bomb. (I assume everyone understands that such bombs use timers, i.e., clocks.) He claimed to have invented or built »

Obama Administration Snubs Hillsdale

Featured image On September 12, the Obama administration rolled out its online College Scorecard. The Scorecard is intended as a resource for students and parents, and gives basic information–cost, graduation rate, starting salaries of graduates, ethnic composition of student body, and so on–for, President Obama said, “every institution of higher education.” Only it doesn’t. If you search for colleges in Michigan, 97 results come up. But Hillsdale College, one of America’s better »

Racial disparities confound Washington Post

Featured image In separate articles, today’s Washington Post takes up two racial disparities revealed by recent studies. The first pertains to “degree selection.” Danielle Douglas-Gabriel reports: African-American and Hispanic students disproportionately earn more bachelor’s degrees in low-paying majors, putting them at higher risk for financial instability after graduation, according to a new study from Young Invincibles, an advocacy group. . . . The highest paying majors through mid-career were primarily in science, »

The Latest Identity Politics Scandal

Featured image We missed noting the story reported in the Washington Post late last week about an aspiring poet named Michael Derrick Hudson of Fort Wayne, Indiana, who was having trouble getting his poetry accepted in any poetry journals. So what did he do? Pretended to be Chinese: Sherman Alexie read hundreds, maybe thousands, of poems last year while editing the 2015 edition of Best American Poetry, an annual anthology that comes out »

On Race, Obama Gets An “F”

Featured image Barack Obama was elected to be our First Black President. That was, really, his only claim to fame; he was unqualified for the office by experience, ability and work ethic. Electing Obama was supposed to put a capstone on two generations of racial progress. That was the main reason millions of people voted for him. Somehow, though, it hasn’t worked out that way. Rasmussen Reports recaps its recent findings: only »

“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 »