Race

Missouri parents call BS on “racial equity” training

Featured image Yesterday, I noted that five of seven candidates for the Montgomery County, Maryland school board say the biggest problem facing the school district is lower achievement by “students of color.” I disputed the notion that this gap is the school board’s responsibility or problem, but that view seems to be an article of faith in education circles nowadays. It’s also generating a new industry — cultural and racial equity training. »

Blaming schools for the “achievement gap” is foolish and counterproductive

Featured image On Election Day, voters in Montgomery County, Maryland, where I live, will choose among six candidates for the school board running in three contested two-person elections. A seventh candidate is running unopposed after her challenger dropped out of the race. Montgomery County is Maryland’s largest school district. Its operating budget exceeds $2.5 billion a year. The Washington Post has presented profiles of the seven candidates based on their written answers »

Blexit

Featured image I have returned from Turning Point USA’s Young Black Leadership Summit, the first part of which I wrote about here, including our visit to the White House. A highlight of the second half of the event was the announcement of “Blexit,” a new project spearheaded by Candace Owens. What is Blexit? BLEXIT is a frequency for those who have released themselves from the political orthodoxy. It is a rebellion led »

Megyn Kelly is out at NBC. What’s next for her?

Featured image Megyn Kelly apparently is out at NBC. The network reportedly has cancelled her show. Kelly got into hot water for saying that when she was a kid, it was considered okay for white people to put on “blackface” as long as they “were dressing up as a character.” This statement is true, I’m pretty sure. Indeed, Scott Morefield of the Daily Caller points out that Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel and »

“Just a Standard White Guy”

Featured image Wouldn’t you know it? The South Park guys were a year ahead of this week’s Elizabeth Warren headlines when it comes to DNA testing, with this segment that aired in September of last year: Now, when are Parker and Stone going to get around to doing a sequel to Team America: World Police? With Trump in office, it would be epic times a thousand! »

Why Elizabeth Warren’s Lies Are Good For America

Featured image Paul and Scott have joined in the general hilarity over Elizabeth Warren’s disclosure that she might be something like 1/1,000 Native American. (Then again, she might not be. There is so little Native American DNA in the database that several Latin American countries, including Mexico, are used as proxies. Warren may have a better claim to being Hispanic than Indian.) It turns out that Warren likely has less Native American »

Mainstream media to Ron DeSantis: OMG, you said “monkey it up”

Featured image The mainstream media is going wild because Florida Republican Ron DeSantis, just nominated to run for governor against African-American Andrew Gillum, said he hopes voters don’t “monkey this up” by electing his far-left opponent. This is what DeSantis said: Florida elections are always competitive, and this is a guy who, although he’s much too liberal for Florida, I think he’s got huge problems with how he’s governed Tallahassee, he is »

Another slippery attempt to paint Trump as a racist

Featured image The Washington Post ran a front page story today called “As Trump hurls racial invective, GOP is quiet.” The story begins with this sentence: The president of the United States had just lobbed another racially charged insult — this time calling his former top African American adviser a “dog” — but Sen. John Cornyn (R-Tex.) had no interest in talking about it. (Emphasis added) Notice how the Post backs away »

Fake news wrapped in weasel words from the Washington Post

Featured image President Trump today condemned “all types of racism and acts of violence.” That’s a good thing. However, the Trump-hating Washington Post seized on the occasion to condemn Trump for alleged “racially tinged” statements. “Racially tinged” is a weasel phrase. A statement is either racist or it isn’t. When the statement pertains, however loosely, to race but isn’t racist, those obsessed with race or, in this case, Trump-hatred call it “racially »

Omarosa stays in character, switches sides

Featured image If it’s fair to judge public figures by the company they keep, and I think to some extent it is, then President Trump fares poorly. No one better exemplifies the poor company Trump has kept than Omarosa Manigault Newman. With no apparent qualification beyond her status as a reality television personality, Manigault became Director of African-American Outreach for Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. After Trump’s victory, she became Assistant to the »

Don Lemon’s dumb response to being called dumb

Featured image When President Trump assumed office, I resolved to begin watching CNN’s talk shows. Why? Because I wanted to make sure I heard reasoned criticism of the new administration. After about two weeks, I concluded that there was precious little reasoned criticism of Trump to be found on CNN. Typically, the network served up bloated panels with each member trying to outdo the others in mindlessly attacking the new president. Finding »

CRB: Sowell’s inconvenient truths

Featured image We continue our preview of the new (Summer) issue of the Claremont Review of Books hot off the press. It is in the mail to subscribers now. Buy an annual subscription including immediate online access here for the modest price of $19.95. It is an invaluable magazine for those of us who love trustworthy essays on, and reviews of books about, politics, history, literature and culture. I reviewed the new »

Identity-politics and income redistribution boosted by federal appeals court

Featured image In a stunning display of judicial activism, one with far-reaching implications, a federal appeals court has ruled that the Alabama law Minimum Wage and Right-to-Work Act, which mandates a uniform minimum wage of $7.25 per hour throughout Alabama, may be unconstitutional. Finding that the Act, which toppled a Birmingham ordinance setting the minimum wage at $10.10 per hour, has a disparate impact on black workers, the court allowed a claim »

The World Cup and racial politics

Featured image On Sunday, France defeated Croatia 4-2 to win the World Cup. I rooted for France, as I normally do once England and the U.S. are eliminated (if Brazil and France are both still playing, my allegiance varies based how much I like the particular players). This year, the U.S. failed to qualify and Brazil was eliminated before England. So rooting for France was an easy decision for me. Leftists and »

Our Country Is Insane

Featured image I am by nature an optimist, but it is hard to maintain a positive attitude in the face of the rampant insanity that has seized control over our national life. When I get time, I am going to write about the ritual defenestration of Papa John’s pizza company, one of the more shocking news stories of recent months, in my opinion. For now, here is a more manageable, and perhaps »

Unsolved killlings, what do they tell us?

Featured image The Washington Post has a long article about unsolved killings in American cities. It studied homicide data from 50 cities, encompassing 52,000 such crimes. In the process, it identified areas where killings are frequent but arrests are rare. These “areas of impunity” are located in poor neighborhoods where minorities (almost always African-Americans) reside. The first thing that jumps out at me from the Post’s study is that in the 50 »

The High Price of Stale Grievances

Featured image That is the title of this essay by Columbia undergraduate Coleman Hughes. The piece is quite brilliant. More than that, Hughes must be one of America’s bravest young men. Hughes’s subject is the double standard that is so often applied in favor of African-Americans. He begins with an anecdote about being selected to back the singer Rihanna on the MTV Video Music Awards. Several of his friends were chosen as »