Race and racial bias

The Long, Hot Summer of 2013?

Featured image Who could have imagined that the summer of 2013 would be largely dominated by stories about racial conflict? To be sure, today’s stories aren’t exactly like the original long, hot summer of 1967, when race riots burned sections of major American cities. And no one is getting lynched or barred from attending school. Today’s race stories are odd in that they don’t seem to have much to do with race »

Irrationality runs amok in black perceptions of the Zimmerman case [With Comment By John]

Featured image A Washington Post/ABC News poll finds that 86 percent of African-Americans disapprove of the jury verdict in the George Zimmerman trial. By contrast, 51 percent of whites say they approve of the verdict while just 31 percent disapprove. However, only 30 percent of white Democrats approve of the verdict. Let’s give the African-American community the benefit of the doubt and assume its members didn’t pay much attention to the evidence »

The evasions of the president’s speech

Featured image In re-reading President Obama’s remarks about the Martin-Zimmerman matter, I was struck by his assurances that the African-American community isn’t “naïve” about the social “dysfunction” (Obama’s term) that prevails in many black neighborhoods. First, he stated: Now, this isn’t to say that the African-American community is naïve about the fact that African-American young men are disproportionately involved in the criminal justice system, that they are disproportionately both victims and perpetrators »

The president’s speech and its implications

Featured image As I suggested yesterday, President Obama’s little speech about the Trayvon Martin matter seemed to have two purposes. First, he wanted to explain to whites why so many blacks are up in arms about a jury decision that most whites believe was correct (and that Obama himself apparently finds no fault with). Second, he wanted to assure blacks that he shares their pain, while preparing them for the prospect of »

Obama, Trayvon Martin and the Democrats’ Race-Baiting

Featured image Yesterday President Obama delivered extended observations on the Trayvon Martin-George Zimmerman case to reporters, on a seemingly impromptu basis. Obama’s comments were widely praised, and Paul gave them a characteristically generous assessment here yesterday. My own view of Obama’s comments is more negative, and I also think it is important to put Obama’s often high-sounding statements about race in the context of his administration’s deliberate promotion of racial division to »

Obama’s mixed-bag commentary on the Zimmerman case

Featured image In times of national tragedy we expect our leaders to speak with insight, seriousness, and solemnity. The Trayvon Martin affair isn’t a national tragedy, though, it’s a personal one. Nonetheless, President Obama decided to discuss it today in an unscheduled appearance to talk solely about this matter. The transcript is here. Obama’s remarks were certainly solemn, and were not devoid of insight and seriousness. At times, he rose to the »

Spindle Time

Featured image Airline purgatory over the last 36 hours—every one of my four flights was disrupted or cancelled on a round-trip coast-to-coast itinerary—ended up with me in the wrong city on the wrong day, and all out of clean clothes to boot.  Oh, well, as the old saying goes, when the going gets tough, the tough go shopping.  But it has put me way behind on the news.  I hear there was »

What a difference an “a” makes

Featured image The other night on Piers Morgan’s show, Rachel Jeantel gave us a lesson in the evolving meaning of the words “n*gga” and “cracka.” As for the “N” word, Jeantel explained that, around the year 2000, the letters “er” were replaced by “a” and the word could now be applied to any kind of male – black, white, Hispanic, and even Chinese. As for “cracka,” it no longer refers to white »

God and man at Penn

Featured image It should come as no surprise that some of the very worst rants about George Zimmerman’s acquittal are coming from an Ivy League professor. The competition is stiff, but will be hard-pressed to keep up with Anthea Butler, an associate professor of religious studies at the University of Pennsylvania. The Zimmerman verdict has caused Butler to conclude that God is “a white racist god with a problem” who “is carrying »

DOJ understands that it has no case against Zimmerman

Featured image There’s an old joke that takes the form of a dialogue between a New England farmer and his neighbor: Farmer: Had to shoot my dog. Neighbor: Was he mad? Farmer: He wasn’t too pleased This joke comes to mind when I think about the concept of the “hate crime.” Let’s say a man intentionally shoots his wife. The following dialogue might ensue: Regular neighbor: Old Joe shot his wife. Lawyer »

Adventures in MSM headline writing

Featured image It isn’t easy reading the print edition of the Washington Post first thing every morning, but I do it for you, dear readers. This morning, the following headline greeted me: “Florida verdict stirs up nation – Trayvon Martin shooting case -’We are not in a post-racial America.’” No, we are not. Because an America with minimal racial discrimination is not the same thing as a post-racial America. Indeed, an America »

Chaka in fantasy land

Featured image Rep. Chaka Fattah (D-Pa) said on CNN today that George Zimmerman “will have his gun back or others like him could go out and do the same thing tomorrow with the belief that our criminal-justice system has said that’s perfectly fine.” Fattah is right. Within days, if not hours, look for Zimmerman, or someone like him, to find an African-American male to beat him up so he can shoot with »

How Old Is Thomas Sowell?

Featured image Thomas Sowell isn’t just a great economist, or a great scholar, or a great pundit. He is something rarer: a great man. At IBD, Sowell writes on race relations in 21st century America. He begins: I am so old that I can remember when most of the people promoting race hate were white. Those were, for a lot of people, the good old days. Since then, things have gotten more »

Did the Department of Justice Stir Up Trayvon Martin Riots?

Featured image Today Judicial Watch released a set of documents that it obtained from multiple government sources relating to the role of the Department of Justice in demonstrations relating to the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman case. This is how Judicial Watch described the documents: Judicial Watch announced today that it has obtained documents in response to local, state, and federal records requests revealing that a little-known unit of the Department of Justice (DOJ), »

The Zimmerman Case Is About Race? Why?

Featured image We don’t generally spend a lot of time deconstructing patently silly op-eds, for two reasons: 1) they tend to be self-refuting, and 2) if you start down that path, it could rapidly become a full-time job. But sometimes an exception is in order, as in the case of this very dumb op-ed about the George Zimmerman case at CNN.com. As ill-informed as the piece is, I think that public dialogue »

Obama’s pal Erdoğan makes racially derogatory remark

Featured image President Obama has listed Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Erdoğan as one of the five world leaders with whom he has the closest personal ties. The basis for this bonding is not clear. As Michael Rubin points out, on a policy level Erdoğan has worked to undercut sanctions against Iran and has embraced groups like Hamas and Hezbollah designated by the U.S. government as terrorists. On a personal level, he is »

Liberals and Race, Part 2

Featured image My post yesterday about liberals and racism, and the way the Left attacks any mention of “states’ rights” as code for racist oppression, brought a note from Prof. Jack Pitney at Claremont McKenna College (not to worry Jack—you’ll make the Power Line 100 roster, though maybe as a group entry since your whole department makes the cut) about how contemporary liberals have suddenly rediscovered the virtue of states’ rights in »