Race and racial bias

Civil War on the Left, Part 5

Featured image Well, well, what do we have here?  The Nation magazine anguishing over “The Unbearable Whiteness of the American Left.”  Memo to lefties everywhere: when you make everything a matter of race, don’t be surprised when it comes back on you like a boomerang (oh, wait–can’t use the boomerang simile: that’s racist).  Some samples: In the United States, campaigns for social justice are always “a racial thing.” That doesn’t mean they »

The Race-Baiters and V. Stiviano Strike Gold

Featured image Yesterday was Donald Sterling’s 80th birthday. It was not a happy one. Sterling, a California lawyer and real estate tycoon who owns the Los Angeles Clippers, has been caught in a maelstrom of controversy–not even controversy, really, just denunciation–over one or more tapes that his former girlfriend made secretly while they were arguing. The girlfriend, one of whose aliases is V. Stiviano, released the tape or tapes, perhaps seeking revenge »

The Constitution Is Still Constitutional, For Now

Featured image I think Scott was the first person I heard say that one day, the Supreme Court may rule the Constitution unconstitutional. That didn’t happen yesterday, when the court decided the Schuette case on a 6-2 vote, but it could have. The issue in Schuette was whether it is permissible for a state to prohibit race discrimination by public institutions. The majority held that a state can indeed ban discrimination on »

The Obama administration — more solicitous of dreadlocks than of religion

Featured image The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is charged with combatting certain forms of employment discrimination. Unfortunately, it long ago became, instead, a special pleader for certain minority groups. As such, it is dedicated to arguing for pretty much whatever certain minority groups want in the workplace. For example, some blacks like to wear dreadlocks. Thus, the EEOC claims that grooming codes, applicable to all employees, that include a prohibition »

Why Paul Ryan must be denounced

Featured image George Will shows that Paul Ryan was right to contend that a “tailspin of culture, in our inner cities” plays a huge role in the persistence of poverty. Will finds the liberal outrage at Ryan’s unexceptionable remarks to be the product of “malice, ignorance, and intellectual sloth.” I find them to be the product of ideological necessity. Ryan’s analysis is inconsistent with both the left’s narrative and its prescriptions. Therefore »

Culture of corruption

Featured image Angela Couloumbis and Craig McCoy reported a long story published in this past Sunday’s Philadelphia Inquirer. The story is of interest in a number of respects. The headline refers to Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane: “Kane shut down sting that snared Phila. officials.” NRO posted a good summary by Alec Torres here. It’s the kind of story that Glenn Reynolds sometimes links to with the introductory tag “Culture of Corruption,” »

Democratic Party Smears Paul Ryan and Bill Bennett to Raise Money

Featured image Yesterday the Democratic Party sent out this fundraising appeal: Subject: John, sign your name: Reply-To: You won’t believe what Paul Ryan is saying to justify his radical agenda. I should note that Ryan is one of the people, along with the Koch brothers and John Boehner, whose name is constantly invoked, and whose policy positions are consistently misrepresented, in order to scare Democrats into contributing money. So Ryan’s “radical agenda” »

Obama Launches “Brother’s Keeper” Initiative

Featured image At the White House today, President Obama announced a new program called “My Brother’s Keeper.” President Barack Obama on Thursday launched his “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative, urging stronger efforts to create more opportunities for young minority men and to improve conditions that keep them impoverished and imprisoned in disproportionate numbers. If you keep reading, however, you see that Obama doesn’t really mean “minority men,” or, as he also put it, »

Sensitivity alert

Featured image John has previously noted the problem of robberies at the University of Minnesota on its main campus in Minneapolis. The campus is near downtown in an urban setting. Following standard practice, the university issues crime alerts that identify the race of the perpetrator when the authorities have a basis to do so based on victim identification or otherwise. Some groups on campus are not happy with the crime alerts. The »

Racism Everywhere?

Featured image Even as actual racism declines, news stories about purported racism continue to multiply. Let’s take two examples from the last 24 hours. In Slate, Tracy Thompson tells us: “Snow didn’t paralyze Atlanta. Racism did.” Seriously: Thompson blames the snowstorm and consequent snarling of traffic in Atlanta on “racism.” How can that be? Thompson explains that on account of racism, regional government in the Atlanta area is fragmented: “Exaggerated individualism” is »

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 »

We Are Living In a World Gone Mad [Updated]

Featured image The biggest news story of the last week was about Phil Robertson, a TV reality star who gave an interview to GQ. The interviewer eagerly solicited Robertson’s views on homosexuality, which turned out to be middle of the road. Robertson said that 1) the Bible disapproves of homosexual conduct, along with lots of other sins, and 2) he personally thinks women have a lot more to offer than gay men. »

Racial Profiling Comes to Minnesota

Featured image When one of my daughters was a freshman at the University of Minnesota, a kid was shot just outside the front door of her dormitory. That was only one of many such incidents: in recent years, the university campus, which is located near downtown Minneapolis, has become a crime scene. One young man she knew, walking along a main street in the middle of the day amid a crowd of »

Racism Everywhere

Featured image Lots of viral chatter about a segment of ABC’s “What Would You Do?” reality show, which is sort of a cross between the old Candid Camera and Michael Sandel’s much ballyhooed Harvard course on “Justice” I suppose.  ABC set up for a sting of sorts in a black barbershop in Harlem, where, the story line went, a black guy had his white girlfriend come into the shop, where ABC had »

Bias in the air

Featured image I spoke before the Professional Responsibility section of the Federalist Society program at the National Lawyers Convention over the weekend. Thanks to section head Jack Park for inviting me to participate, to my counterpart on the panel, GWU Law Professor Thomas Morgan (a scholar and a gentleman), panel moderator Justice David Stras of the Minnesota Supreme Court and Federalist Society staffer David Ray. Our panel also debated New York’s shocking »