Race and racial bias

A sign of things to come in the Democratic party

Featured image Last night at a public hearing on the budget in Prince George’s County, Maryland, a flyer with the following headline was circulated: From Baltimore to Jerusalem It’s the Same Game. In 10 years Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin sent 1.2 billion dollars of Maryland Federal taxpayer money to the Apartheid state of Israel to build schools, roads and other infrastructure while saying Maryland doesn’t have the money to help »

Why Are Police Shootings Dominating the News?

Featured image Police shootings and other tales of alleged police abuse (e.g., Eric Garner) dominate the news these days. You can hardly open a newspaper or turn on a television set without seeing protesters, rioters and looters, along with earnest talking heads debating the issue. Why is this? Why has violence on the part of policemen become the story du jour? One possible answer is that police violence is a terrible problem »

Marilyn Mosby: hypocrite, grandstander, ideologue

Featured image Alan Dershowitz, the famous defense lawyer, has called the case against the six Baltimore officers involved in the death of Freddie Gray “a show trial.” The actions of prosecutor Marilyn Mosby “had nothing to do with justice,” but instead amounted to “crowd control,” Dershowitz said in remarks reported by the Daily Caller. With regard to the second-degree murder charges against Caesar Goodson, Dershowitz stated that “there’s no plausible, hypothetical, conceivable »

Additional thoughts about the Freddie Gray case

Featured image I have posted my initials thoughts on the criminal charges against six Baltimore police officers. Former federal prosecutor Bill Otis has offered more extensive, and better-informed, observations. Among them are the following, all of which make good sense to me: Will the mob tolerate an acquittal? The calls in recent days have been for “justice.” I have considerable doubt whether those doing the loudest calling have even a slight interest »

Homicide Charges Brought Against Baltimore Police [Updated]

Featured image This morning, Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby announced that she is bringing criminal charges against all six of the Baltimore police officers who were involved in the arrest of Freddie Gray. Ms. Mosby said that her office has been conducting its own investigation since the day after Gray’s death, and both her decision and the timing of her announcement are independent of any other agency. Mosby is charging one of »

Beyond Obama’s babble

Featured image Forget the Electric Company’s Fargo North, Decoder. Attend to Michele Malkin, decoder. Michelle expertly decodes and debunks the “bilious babble” that President Obama has entered on the record to comment on the events of the past few days in Baltimore. Obama works a partisan vein as he continues to degrade public discourse on domestic matters with a racial angle (whole thing here). For those wishing to understand what we have »

Riots Drive Orioles Out of Baltimore

Featured image The Baltimore Orioles’ games Monday night and tonight were canceled because of riots near Camden Yards. Now, in one of the strangest announcements ever, the Orioles and Major League Baseball say that tomorrow night’s game will be moved to the afternoon and “closed to the public.” The game will be played without spectators; will it be televised? I don’t know. But it is hard to imagine anything much stranger. Following »

The Baltimore protests — are they really about the police?

Featured image I’ve always had a soft spot for Baltimore. For one thing, its residents struck me as harder working, less surly, and, of course, less full of themselves than their counterparts in nearby Washington, D.C. Unfortunately, the 2008 recession hit Baltimore very hard. That, at least, was my impression when, in 2011, I began going there regularly once again for work. The city looked badly run down and its residents seemed »

Civil War on the Left: Decline of the West?

Featured image I have to confess to having a soft spot for Cornel West, the radical chair of black studies at Princeton (formerly of Harvard, before Larry Summers kicked him out). West team-teaches a great books course with conservative Robert P. George at Princeton, and goes around doing joint events with George at other campuses, rather than demanding that Robbie shut up or something like the rest of the trigger(warning)-happy left. He »

Rand Paul backpedals, but the embarrassment continues

Featured image Yesterday, in announcing his run for the presidency, Rand Paul demonstrated his unfitness for the office by calling for the repeal of any law that “disproportionately incarcerates people of color.” In effect, as John and I pointed out, Paul thereby called for the repeal of virtually every criminal law. Paul’s team has now “clarified” his statement. The campaign told Byron York that the Senator’s words were misunderstood: “Sen. Paul was »

Claiming race-victimization — everyone wants to get in on the act

Featured image Recently, Taraji Henson, a well-known actress, accused the Glendale, California police of racial profiling after an officer pulled her son over and questioned him. In a magazine interview, Henson stated: My child has been racially profiled. He was in Glendale, California and did exactly everything the cops told him to do, including letting them illegally search his car. It was bogus because they didn’t give him the ticket for what »

Does Howard Schultz know about this?

Featured image Corporate America probably hasn’t had a brainstorm like Howard Schultz’s “Race Together” since, well, I’m not sure when. Perhaps Schultz will move on to a book extension along the lines of How To Alienate Customers and Make Yourself a Laughingstock. Or perhaps Schultz will be content to have his Starbucks campaign assume the form of a Harvard Business School case study of some kind. National Review’s Katherine Timpf has developed »

Unsupported charges of racism in Charlottesville

Featured image African-American students at the University of Virginia are alleging a pattern of racial bias at the University of Virginia and in Charlottesville, according to the Washington Post. The allegation stems from an incident in which a Black student apparently had his face pressed into the pavement by law enforcement officers when they arrested him on misdemeanor charges of public intoxication and obstruction of justice. The student ended up with a »

The Week in Starbucks

Featured image As John noted yesterday, without question the most obnoxious story of the week was Starbucks proposing to have its baristas engage customers in a “conversation” about race, even though all such “conversations” amount to “agree with us or shut up.” I suspect underneath this is confirmation of my thesis that most majors in ethnic & gender studies find that Starbucks is their best employment opportunity with said degrees, so why »

Let’s Talk About Race!

Featured image Remember when Eric Holder said that Americans are cowards about race, and we should have an honest conversation? Heh. Seems like a lifetime ago. Now it’s Starbucks, announcing that its baristas will try to engage coffee customers in deep conversations about race relations. Many have commented on the stupidity of Starbucks’ “#RaceTogether” campaign, and I don’t have much to add. In my experience, getting coffee at Starbucks is an exercise »

Playing the race card against Netanyahu

Featured image The West seems to be in the process of switching sides when it comes to Israel and Iran. Negotiations that will lift sanctions on Iran are in the final stages; meanwhile European leaders are discussing the imposition of sanctions on Israel. Moreover, under President Obama, the U.S. is no longer committed to ending Iran’s nuclear weapons program which represents an existential threat to Israel. Instead, it is prepared to sign »

A Funeral In Wisconsin

Featured image I wrote here about the sad case of Tony Robinson, who, apparently on drugs or otherwise impaired, jumped in front of cars on the street outside his apartment, attacked two people inside the building, and, when a police officer responded to calls for help, assaulted the officer, who shot him. Robinson’s funeral was today. The Associated Press reports: Friends and family remembered a 19-year-old biracial Wisconsin man fatally shot by »