Race

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 »

Sammy Davis: I’ve Gotta Be Me

Featured image On the Sunday following the Pittsburgh Tree of Life synagogue shootings this past October we saw the documentary Sammy Davis Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me at the Sabes Minneapolis Jewish Community Center. I mention the shootings because they accounted in part for the emotional reaction I refer to below. The film is finally to be broadcast tonight at 9:00 p.m. (Eastern) as part of the PBS American Masters series. This »

Virginia’s attorney general admits to wearing blackface

Featured image A friend emailed me a few days to ask what would be next in the saga of top Virginia Democrats. We had some fun speculating about the question. My speculation focused, half-jokingly, on Virginia’s attorney general, Mark Herring. Today we learn that Herring wore blackface in the 1980s. The source of this knowledge is Herring himself. He admits it. How scandalous is wearing blackface in the 1980s? Not very, in »

Northam: Once More With Feeling

Featured image It looked for a few minutes last night that Gov. Ralph Northam might resign during the Super Bowl, which would be even better than a late Friday afternoon for burying bad news. It was reported that he was huddling with top aides, but so far nothing has come of it. Meanwhile, quite a number of people have said that conservatives should stay on the sidelines on this whole matter, because »

Kamala Harris: “Simply American,” but so much more

Featured image “For Harris, identity is simply ‘American.'” That’s the title (print edition) of a gushing article about Kamala Harris in today’s Washington Post. The Post’s Kevin Sullivan then rambles on for paragraphs discussing Harris’ multi-racial, multi-ethnic background. “Simply American” or not, Harris isn’t above discussing it, either. When she decided to run for president, she wrote a book about her heritage. Here’s what I’d like to know. When Harris applied to »

Why Democrats Will Oust Gov. Northam

Featured image A few stray thoughts about the saga of Gov. Ralph Northam: First, quite aside from the credulity-straining explanations Northam offered, what struck me was his mediocrity, best seen by his reflex, after every opening sentence in response to a question, to pivot immediately to the rote cliches of politics, i.e., “I just want to get back to doing the important work of the people of Virginia,” etc., as if this »

Virginia’s inconvenient governor

Featured image Say what you want about George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Robert E. Lee, and Stonewall Jackson. They were a century or two ahead of Virginia Governor Ralph “Coonman” Northam. Sure Washington, Jefferson, Lee, and Jackson owned slaves, as was the practice in Virginia during their times. And yes, Lee and Jackson were key military leaders for the Confederacy. But as far as we know, none of the four ever mocked blacks »

Northam, the Video

Featured image As Scott noted earlier, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam has changed his mind. He wasn’t one of the guys in the famous photo after all. Northam says that he never saw the picture until yesterday. He didn’t buy a copy of his medical school yearbook and doesn’t know how the photo (not of him) got onto his page. At the same time, Northam is full of apologies. He is sorry for »

Is Bill Maher a Racist?

Featured image These days we hear about racism–more often than not, it seems, fictitious racism–on a daily basis. One of the many current controversies is about Bill Maher, who was interviewing a black Republican Congressman, Will Hurd, and made a “joke” about Popeye’s Chicken. The joke is a bit of a mystery, although a bigger question is why a Republican Congressman would go on Maher’s show. Here is the very brief clip: »

“Coonman”?

Featured image Ralph Northam’s troubles are not over. A liberal on Twitter found one of Governor Northam’s college yearbooks. Apparently one of his nicknames was “Coonman.” Which perhaps fits with the photo that is part of his medical school yearbook: “coonman” pic.twitter.com/KUx5JNycZy — b-boy bouiebaisse (@jbouie) February 2, 2019 I have no idea what “Coonman” means; maybe there is an innocent explanation. But of course, we all know what would happen if »