Race and racial bias

As Anti-Police Demonstration Rages at Mall of America, Two Cops Are Murdered in Brooklyn [Updated]

Featured image This afternoon there was an anti-police demonstration at the Mall of America in Minnesota. Twitchy had coverage. Stores were closed as chanting protesters occupied portions of several floors overlooking the mall’s rotunda. This photo is from Twitter: The person who posted it added: “Prosecute the police! Multilevel chant is thrilling.” The mall warned protesters to disperse, and police eventually cleared them out: While the demonstration was in progress, another anti-police »

Barack and Michelle, Victims of Racism!

Featured image Pretty much everyone is all over this story, but what the heck: why not pile on? The Obamas are trying to catch the wave of racism that supposedly is sweeping across the land. They may live in the White House, but hey–they are still subjected to racial bias. No, they don’t mean getting preferential treatment when applying to colleges and law schools, or being taken seriously as a presidential candidate »

Law Student Digs the Hole Deeper

Featured image When students at Columbia and other law schools around the country demanded that exams be postponed because they were traumatized by the Michael Brown and Eric Garner cases, we and many others responded with ridicule. In today’s National Law Journal, a third-year law student at Harvard named William Desmond says that we got it all wrong: the request for extra time for exams was a sign of the students’ strength. »

NY Times Reports on Columbia Exam Postponement

Featured image The story that Paul broke about Columbia Law School postponing exams for students who purport to be traumatized by the grand jury proceedings in the Michael Brown and Eric Garner cases is percolating through the press. The New York Times, Columbia’s home town paper, reports: Columbia Law School is allowing students to postpone their final exams this month if they feel unnerved by the recent grand jury decisions not to »

Another side of C.J.

Featured image C.J. (Cheryl Johnson) writes the gossip column for the Star Tribune, Newspaper of the Twin Cities. Her current column shows how hard it can be to come up with material in Minnesota, yet C.J. has kept it going at a brisk pace for lo, these many years. The Minnesota Monthly profiled C.J. in August 2007. The article is accessible online here. It affords a glimpse of her at work around »

Columbia law school and the apotheosis of race-based admissions and critical race theory jargon

Featured image Columbia Law School agreed to postpone exams for “traumatized” students in response to, in effect, a demand by “The Coalition of Affinity Group Student Leaders and Students of Color” at Columbia. Here is the full text of the Coalition’s statement: Dear Columbia Law School Faculty and Administrators, We are writing to you as students who have been deeply affected by the recent events in Ferguson, in New York, and across »

How to talk to a traumatized law student

Featured image In his message to the Columbia Law School community, interim dean Robert Scott tells those “who would like support” in the wake of two recent grand jury “no-bills” that four professors have made themselves available for that purpose. The four are: Katherine Franke, Conrad Johnson, Olati Johnson, and Susan Sturm. Who are these professors and what are they likely to say to support traumatized students? The law school’s website answers »

Riots In Berkeley, Just Like Old Times

Featured image Does history ever repeat itself? Perhaps not, but those of us who lived through the 60s and 70s are hearing echoes of those dreadful days. Headlines like this one are a blast from the past: “Police use tear gas on Berkeley protesters.” Our younger readers might not realize what a major role the riots and violent protests of the late 1960s and early 1970s played in the temporary eclipse of »

Not a parody [Updated]

Featured image Columbia Law School is permitting students claiming to be impaired due to the emotional impact of recent non-indictments in the Michael Brown and Eric Garner matters to postpone taking their final exams. Here is the text of a message from interim dean Robert Scott to the law school community: The grand juries’ determinations to return non-indictments in the Michael Brown and Eric Garner cases have shaken the faith of some »

No indictment in Staten “choking” case

Featured image A Staten Island grand jury has declined to indict the white police officer who killed a black suspect who resisted arrest. The evidence before the grand jury has not been released; hopefully, it will be. But the entire scene was captured on video, and the video is disturbing. Let’s first recognize that this case bears little resemblance to Michael Brown’s. Brown robbed a convenience store and committed assault in the »

Witness 34 Tells It Like It Was

Featured image Paul wrote earlier today about the Ferguson grand jury’s Witness #10, one of the very few people who witnessed the confrontation between Officer Wilson and Mike Brown from beginning to end. I haven’t read the entire record of the grand jury proceedings, which is lengthy. But I have read quite a bit of it, and it is pretty obvious that the witnesses who were actually anywhere near the scene support »

Lowry stands athwart, part 2

Featured image Barack Obama defiled the White House yesterday with the presence of Al Sharpton at Obama’s invitation. In terms of disgrace if not frequency, what Yasser Arafat was to the White House in the Clinton years, Al Sharpton is to the White House in the Obama years. Jay Nordlinger noted Sharpton’s ascent in the 2000 National Review cover story “Al Sharpton: Power Dem.” Jay has returned to the subject several times »

Protesters Disrupt Christmas Tree Lighting In Seattle [Updated With Observations on Informal Sanctions]

Featured image In Seattle, a crowd gathered to watch the lighting of a Christmas tree. A group of children ages seven to 10 were on stage, preparing to sing. But a group of “Ferguson” protesters showed up and commandeered the stage, leaving most of the children in tears. The story was told on Twitter: Kids, 7-10, here to perform carols ended up surrounded by #ferguson protesters on stage. All in tears. — »

Trayvon and Mike

Featured image Last night, basketball player Lebron James tweeted this graphic: As many have noted, there are obvious parallels between the Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown cases. Both were young black men who were, as we were told countless times, unarmed. Both were shot by men portrayed as white authority figures–Darren Wilson, a police officer, and George Zimmerman, a “white Hispanic” who, as a neighborhood watch volunteer, was a sort of honorary »

Believe your eyes, not liberal talking heads

Featured image In the post just below, Scott refers to “the underlying behavioral disparities that are reflected in the numerical racial disparities” in incarceration rates, school discipline and so forth. As he notes, these behavioral disparities were on display for all to see last night. It was surreal to hear liberal talking heads complaining about the number of African-Americans in prison while watching African-Americans (their “hands up” only as high as it »

Rioting Mainly for Fun and Profit

Featured image I wonder whether there would have been the exact same rioting and unrest in Ferguson last night if the grand jury had returned an indictment for manslaughter, or even murder, against officer Wilson. In such a case, the ready-riot brigade would have taken it as vindication of their grievances, rather than the fresh grievance that the non-indictment supposedly supplies. This heterodox thought is prompted by Edward C. Banfield’s famous chapter »

The fire this time

Featured image Watching the Ferguson mob rioting for fun and looting for the traditional reasons live on television last night, I didn’t see much “anger” in evidence. The arson and destruction looked premeditated and deliberate, an orgy of opportunity. Was it an accident that the orgy commenced as President Obama urged calm? (The White House has posted the text of his remarks and a video of his statement here.) It was either »