Race and racial bias

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 »

The fire this time (5)

Featured image In the first week of its publication Ta-Nehisi Coates’s Between the World and Me entered the New York Times nonfiction best seller list at number 1. The book is dreadful, but Coates knows his audience and he has hit it with this book. I think conservatives would be well advised to pay attention. In this series I have tried to give conservatives unlikely to read the book a rounded picture »

The fire this time (4)

Featured image According to Ta-Nehisi Coates in Between the World and Me, his widely acclaimed new book, “The problem with the police is not that they are fascist pigs but that our country is ruled by majoritarian pigs.” Later he decries “the horror of our prison system” and “the long war against the black body[.]” “Here is what I would like for you to know,” Coates confides to his son. “In America »

The fire this time (3)

Featured image Ta-Nehisi Coates opens the second section of Between the World and Me with the death of Prince Jones, his fellow student at Howard University. Jones was killed on September 1, 2000, in Fairfax County (Virginia) by a Prince George’s County (Maryland) police officer (coincidentally named Carlton Jones) working undercover. Jones was 25 at the time. A Washington Post account of the incident fills in a few of the sorry details: »

The fire this time (2)

Featured image When I started writing about Ta-Nehisi Coates’s hot new book Between the World and Me earlier this week (here and here), I did so because Coates is an influential public intellectual and the book has been the subject of universal acclaim. Today NR editor Rich Lowry dissents in his excellent column “The toxic worldview of Ta-Nehisi Coates.” Rich’s column makes an important contribution. I urge interested readers to check it »

The fire this time (1)

Featured image I wrote yesterday about the cultural phenomenon of Ta-Nehesi Coates and his hot new book Between the World and Me, published last week under an imprint of Random House. I want to explore the book in a series of (mostly brief, I hope) posts, of which this is the introduction. I need a series to explore the book in all its awfulness. I am afraid that this is important because »

This year’s model

Featured image Certification as the liberals’ official angry black man is a lucrative gig. The market is upscale, but the job is only temporary. Fashions change, or rather remain subject to a cycle. The job isn’t easy; it requires high attainment in the art of performance. Black rage must be precisely matched to liberal guilt. James Baldwin provides the original model, in the essays originally published in the New Yorker and then »

Dolezal Doubles Down on Crazy

Featured image I thought we had pretty much covered the entire waterfront on the Rachel Dolezal fraud last month, but who knew that she’d show up for an encore, granting an interview to a clearly skeptical (but in this case how appropriately named) Vanity Fair magazine. VF writer Allison Samuels clearly doesn’t have much sympathy for Dolezal’s presumptions, and lets Dolezal double down with her delusions: There have been women over the »

Meet the new Jim Crow, same as the old BS

Featured image This week President Obama commuted the sentences of “46 non-violent drug offenders.” In commuting these sentences, Obama is doing his thing to lead and otherwise contribute to the race-based assault on law enforcement. As I noted a while back, if you want to get a handle on this particular assault, you must acquaint yourself with Michelle Alexander and The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness.. Published »

Liberals Should be Careful What They Wish For

Featured image We have written extensively about the Obama administration’s war on the suburbs, an important part of its project of “fundamentally transforming” America. Investors Business Daily writes: Under a sweeping new federal housing mandate, the Obama administration threatens to withhold funding for cities and counties that fail to remove local zoning laws and other potentially “discriminatory barriers” that restrict low-income housing in wealthy neighborhoods. More than 1,200 municipalities will be impacted »

Perry Sense

Featured image While Donald Trump continues to get disproportionate attention for his correctly grounded—if not well formulated—attacks on out of control immigration, Texas Gov. Rick Perry is quietly emerging as a much more serious candidate. Worth catching the excerpts of his remarks on race and economic opportunity that he delivered at the National Press Club last Thursday. The Wall Street Journal editorializes on it today: [Perry’s] remarks are far more than a »

Marilyn Mosby Goes Vogue

Featured image We have been watching, with a skeptical eye, the doings of Marilyn Mosby, the Baltimore States Attorney. Young, inexperienced and politically ambitious, Mosby may have sown the seeds of an unsuccessful–or worse, unjust–criminal prosecution by overcharging six police officers who were involved in the arrest of Freddie Gray. On the other hand, Ms. Mosby is undeniably attractive, a quality that could take her far. Mosby is the subject of an »