Race and racial bias

In housing case, Justice Kennedy’s eyes are wide shut

Featured image I wrote here about yesterday’s decision by the Supreme Court in Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. The Inclusive Communities Project. By a 5-4 vote, with Justice Kennedy writing for the majority, the Court held that the Fair Housing Act allows lawsuits based on disparate impact. Usually in a case like this, it is the dissent that warns of the dire consequences that may well flow from the »

Another Racist To Be Evicted From American History: Woodrow Wilson

Featured image If our public life is going to be all race all the time, with a view toward expunging all traces of racists from honored positions in American history, then Woodrow Wilson is a prime candidate for the memory hole. At InstaPundit, Randy Barnett sets out Wilson’s record as a racist in detail. Wilson re-segregated federal agencies that had been integrated during Reconstruction. W.E.B. DuBois called Wilson’s segregationist and discriminatory policies »

Supreme Court finds disparate impact claims cognizable in housing cases

Featured image The Supreme Court has just affirmed the Fifth Circuit’s ruling that the Fair Housing Act allows lawsuits based on disparate impact – that is, an allegation that a law or practice has a discriminatory effect, even if it wasn’t based on a discriminatory purpose. The case is Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. The Inclusive Communities Project. The vote was 5-4. Justice Kennedy wrote the opinion. Without reading »

The Democrats Get Their Crazy On

Featured image The floodgates are open, and craziness is pouring out. The Democrats’ Confederate flag victory has them lusting for more. Hillary Clinton says South Carolina is only the beginning: “It shouldn’t fly there. It shouldn’t fly anywhere,” Mrs. Clinton said of South Carolina…. In her discussion Tuesday with community leaders at Christ the King United Church of Christ in Florissant, Mo., Mrs. Clinton said the flag’s removal would be “just the »

Hillary relies on Republicans to be a party of cowards

Featured image Hillary Clinton has made “voting rights” the centerpiece of her presidential campaign. Christian Adams reports: In Houston, Hillary made election process rules a focus of her campaign. By process, I mean who votes, when they vote, and how they vote. While Republicans tend to focus on issues, Democrats realize that if they dominate the process of the election, the power to control the issues will follow. Process brings power. Hillary’s »

Obama expounds on racism, superficially

Featured image President Obama said yesterday that “we are not cured of [racism].” He also said that “the legacy of slavery, Jim Crow, discrimination in almost every institution of our lives. . .casts a long shadow and that’s still part of our DNA that’s passed on.” Let’s consider these assertions. The second consists of cliched metaphors (“casts a long shadow” and “part of our DNA”). As such, they are difficult to evaluate. »

About That Whole Confederate Flag Thing? Never Mind

Featured image Hillary Clinton: Confederate flag is “a symbol of our nation’s racist past that has no place in our present or our future.” Images via American Power. »

Playing the victim game in reverse

Featured image In the aftermath of the Charleston massacre, the left, predictably, is looking for racial slights in developments ancillary to the shootings so it can attribute them to “systemic, pervasive racism.” For example, as I discussed here, it complains that Dylann Roof has not sufficiently been branded a terrorist. Two can play this game, and though we are better advised not to, let me try my hand. In 2011, Jared Lee »

Charleston shooting brings out the worst in race-mongering radical profs

Featured image Anthea Butler, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania, takes to the pages of the Washington Post to advance the proposition that “racial hatred and white supremacy. . .continue to pervade our society.” She relies mainly on media coverage of the Charleston massacre and other instances of racial violence. In doing so, she commits a series of howlers. For example, Butler argues that “Michael Brown stole cigars. . .and many. »

Labeling the Charleston massacre

Featured image Almost immediately after Dylann Roof was apprehended, the Justice Department announced that it would investigate whether the Charleston massacre was a “hate crime.” I’ll give DOJ a hint. This was a hate crime, both in the dubious way this concept is understood by the law and in ordinary parlance. The Justice Department now says it’s going to investigate whether the killings were an act of terrorism. This is a less »

“. . . She’s Laura Linney White!”

Featured image The good folks at Comedy Central did not disappoint in their handling of the Rachel Dolezal scandal. Jon Stewart strives mightily to turn it into an attack on Fox News, but unconvincingly. The far better takedown came from Larry Whitmore, formerly The DailyShow‘s “senior black correspondent” before he got his own show. His segment was called “Crazypants White Lady Pretends to Be Black,” and it pretty much explodes all the »

Hunt vs. Dolezal (Updated)

Featured image In my “Who Turned the Crazy Machine Up to 11” post last Friday, I noted the breaking stories of Rachel Dolezal, the race-hustling Social Justice Warrior of Spokane, and Tim Hunt, the University of London Nobel Prize winning biologist, who told a bad joke of why he doesn’t like women in scientific labs.  Hunt has lost his job over making his bad joke, as though he was a member of »

The Week in Pictures: Special Dolezal Bonus Edition!

Featured image If The Daily Show isn’t working up a total smashup segment on the Dolezal scandal then Jon Stewart ought not to show up for work Monday. In the meantime, the Internet meme generators are doing Stewart’s work for him, though these pics came in too late to make the main “Week in Pictures” feature this morning. »

The case of Rachel Dolezal: strange but not surprising

Featured image Our flourishing national conversation about race gains additional fuel. Rachel Dolezal, the “black” president of an NAACP chapter is revealed to be white. President Obama should weigh in. He is, after all, our explainer-in-chief when it comes to race. I’d also like to hear from Eric Holder. Or is he part of the “nation of cowards” when it comes to discussing race? The story of a white “passing” as a »

A Stopped Clock Moment at Salon?

Featured image John has delivered a definitive beat down on “The Strange Case of Rachel Dolezal” immediately below, but I can’t help but add to the spectacle by noting that the race-obsessed Salon.com has actually gotten this one right. Perhaps it’s just a “stopped clock” moment for Salon, or Joan Walsh is out of the office this week. In “Stop Making Excuses for Rachel Dolezal; The Spokane NAACP’s Fraud Is Unforgivable,” Salon »

The Strange Case of Rachel Dolezal

Featured image What to make of Rachel Dolezal, the “trans-racial” woman in Washington state who not only posed as a black person, but made a career out of it? The facts relating to Ms. Dolezal are summed up well by Ben Shapiro: Rachel Dolezal is president of the Spokane, Washington chapter of the NAACP. For years, she has passed herself off as black. Now her parents have told the press that she »

Who Turned the Crazy Machine Up to 11?

Featured image It’s almost impossible to keep up with the crazy this week. It’s causing my “Week in Pictures” compass to spin like a top, almost as if the Earth’s magnetic polarity was flipping out. (Oh, wait. . .) First, we have the utterly predictable—but still fully absurd—story out of Spokane, Washington, that the local head of the NAACP is in fact a white woman. What the heck, if Elizabeth Warren and »