Race in the Noor case, Times style

Featured image The New York Times went in pursuit of the racial angle in the case against former Minneapolis Police Officer Mohamed Noor for the July 2017 killing of Justine Ruszczyk in John Eligon’s “A Black Officer, a White Woman, a Rare Murder Conviction. Is It ‘Hypocrisy,’ or Justice?” The premise of Eligon’s story is that Noor was somehow the victim of racial prejudice. Although the premise of the story is framed »

Two ways of looking at the “achievement gap”

Featured image In this post from last October, I argued that blaming schools for the “achievement gap” between students of different races and ethnic groups is foolish and counterproductive. Unfortunately, it’s also a staple of left-wing discourse about education. The latest example comes from Montgomery County, Maryland where I live. The County has rolled out school-by-school “report cards” on student achievement. They show what activists call “appalling gaps” in how Black and »

The Power Line Show, Ep. 120: Reckoning With Race: America’s Failure

Featured image Just in time for your Easter Sunday afternoon walk or Monday morning commute, the latest podcast. Gene Dattel is my extraordinary guest on this week’s show. Gene is the author of a book that deserves to be much better known—Reckoning With Race: America’s Failure (Encounter Books). This remarkably compact book is brimming with details about and revisions to the standard narratives of race relations in America from the colonial era »

If the Justine Damond Case Feels Different, Here’s Why

Featured image Scott has been reporting daily on the criminal trial of Mohamed Noor, the Minneapolis police officer who shot and killed Justine Damond in the Summer of 2017. The case has generated a great deal of commentary. One of the sillier such pieces is by columnist Jennifer Brooks in today’s Star Tribune: In a Hennepin County courtroom, the jury studied a collage of crime scene photos and videos, listened to Damond’s »

Candace Owens Nukes the Democrats [Updated]

Featured image House Democrats held a hearing today on white nationalism and hate crimes. Trying to wrench the narrative back after the stunning demise of the Mueller investigation, I suppose. Candace Owens was called as a witness, presumably by the Republicans. Check out her opening statement, in which she let the Democratic Party have it with both barrels. It is one of the most righteous performances you are ever likely to see: »

Ocasio-Cortez under fire for faking “black” accent

Featured image Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has drawn criticism for departing from her usual accent in telling a predominantly black audience that there’s nothing wrong with serving in low skill jobs. She stated: I’m proud to be a bartender, ain’t nothin wrong with that. There’s nothing wrong with working retail, folding clothes for other people to buy. There is nothing wrong with preparing the food that your neighbors will eat. There is nothing »

Reparations? Please!

Featured image The Democratic presidential candidates are parading in front of Al Sharpton’s National Action Network, and the topic of the day is reparations: Beto O’Rourke had just finished speaking about racial injustice to the National Action Network when the Rev. Al Sharpton, its president, pushed him to say a little more. “Your fellow Texan, Sheila Jackson Lee, has proposed a commission to study reparations,” Sharpton said. “If that passes, and you »

From the Smollett file

Featured image The CWBChicago site has posted the Chicago Police Department’s redacted investigative file in the Smollett case. Having made a freedom of information request for the file yesterday, the department responded today. That’s an extraordinarily prompt response. The file was to have been deep-sixed by now. I include CWBChicago’s links to the file records as provided in the following explanation: CWBChicago is posting the complete Chicago Police Department investigative file on »

White Supremacy: Not What It Used To Be

Featured image Did you know there are more white students than black students at highly competitive Stuyvesant High School in New York? Admission is color-blind and depends on taking a test. But New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman isn’t fooled; she explains that it is nevertheless a case of white supremacy. White students generally have more means with which to prep for this test, some doing it for years. Yes it’s a »

D. C. contemplates changing name of Wilson High

Featured image Woodrow Wilson High is a public school in Washington, D.C. It used to be an elite school. In the 1960s, Wilson was considered as good as any public high school in the area. Its television quiz show team was one of the five best my senior year (better than the good team I competed on). I believe my class at Dartmouth contained four kids from Wilson, not many fewer than »

Good thing there are no statues of Joe Biden

Featured image The Washington Post reports on an interview a Delaware newspaper conducted with Joe Biden in 1975. On the subject of race, Biden stated: I do not buy the concept, popular in the ’60s, which said, ‘We have suppressed the black man for 300 years and the white man is now far ahead in the race for everything our society offers. In order to even the score, we must now give »

Supply-Side Racism in Action

Featured image As someone pointed out in the aftermath of Jussie Smollett hoax, the demand for racism now exceeds the supply, so we have to resort to made-up racism to satisfy the demand for leftists to feel outraged and indignant. • Yesterday we mentioned that Will Smith was being criticized for being “not black enough” to play Venus and Serena Williams’s father in an upcoming biopic. You might think this was limited »

Knitting: A Hotbed of Racism?

Featured image For some people these days, every single thing is about race. This article in Vox, a web site for low-information young people, reads like a parody. But I am pretty sure it is serious. The topic? “The knitting community is reckoning with racism.” Personally, I didn’t even know there was a “knitting community.” It begins with a young (white) knitter who expressed enthusiasm about an upcoming trip to India on »

Ed Gillespie speaks

Featured image Virginia Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax serves Governor Ralph Northam in an unanticipated capacity. He serves as an insurance policy against demands for Northam’s removal from office. Fairfax, it turns out, has an issue or two that somehow needs to be addressed as well. In the latest installment of Virginia’s continuing saga, “Fairfax compares calls for his resignation to ‘terror lynchings.'” Recalling the false accusations of racism that buoyed Northam in »

The Resurrection of Emmett Till

Featured image On Wednesday, the New York Times published a long article about the murder of Emmett Till. This tweet sums it up: In 1955, 14-year-old Emmett Till walked into a Mississippi store to buy candy. After being accused of whistling at the white woman behind the counter, he was kidnapped, lynched and dumped into a river. https://t.co/tcbBgVxVPt — The New York Times (@nytimes) February 21, 2019 What made the Till story »

Charles Barkley, Still Dunking

Featured image I’m not much of an NBA fan (I prefer college hoops) but I did always enjoy watching Charles Barkley—”the round mound of rebound.” At only six-foot-six, Barkley always played like he was 6’10” around the rim. I even more enjoy listening to him talk. I remember when he was on the US Olympic “Dream Team” in the early 1990s, and a TV reporter asking him about their first round opponent, »

Smollett hoax exposed

Featured image Chicago police Superintendent Eddie Johnson called a press conference this morning to announce the department’s findings in the matter of Empire actor Jussie Smollett. According to the department’s investigation, Smollett orchestrated the alleged attack on himself. And that’s not all. He also sent a threatening letter to himself at the Fox studio lot before the attack. He said Smollett was dissatisfied with his salary. “I’m left hanging my head and »