Race

Talk show host calls out black commentator for his “white privilege”

Featured image “White privilege” is a dubious concept. It’s typically invoked in lieu of reasoned rebuttal. Often, it’s akin to an ad hominen argument. The concept first gained currency on college campuses. Ironically, the most obvious beneficiaries of privilege on campus are minority students with inferior qualifications who are admitted because of their race or ethnicity. For the most part, those who talk about white privilege are dimwits who hope to preclude »

The Times Is Disappointed: The Murderer Was Black

Featured image You probably have heard about the tragic murder of 7-year-old Jazmine Barnes in Houston. She was shot for no apparent reason when she was in a car with her family. The New York Times pumped the story hard–unlike the similar killings of other black children–because of a report that the murderer was white. The Times covered the story on January 1: The authorities described the gunman as a white man »

Administration Rescinds Obama School Discipline Letter

Featured image Here’s some good news. The Department of Education and the Department of Justice have jointly rescinded an Obama-era “Dear Colleague” letter that threatened federal action against schools whose discipline policies result in a “disparate impact” on racial minorities. We have repeatedly denounced this assault by the Obama administration on the ability of schools to maintain classroom discipline. Indeed, of all the wars the left is waging on standards, its attack, »

Elizabeth Warren panders

Featured image Elizabeth Warren delivered the commencement address at Morgan State University last week. It strikes me that the graduates would have preferred a younger, more “with it” speaker to Warren — a 69 year-old politician trying to restore her “intersectional” credentials after the embarrassment of her DNA test. But I’m just guessing. In any event, Warren used the occasion to pander. She stated: Under the rules of commencement speakers I am »

Trump v. Love

Featured image Mia Love, an African-American woman, represents Utah’s fourth district in the U.S. House of Representatives. Having very narrowly lost her re-election bid, she will leave Congress at the end of the year. We proudly supported Love as a “Power Line Pick” in 2012 (when she ran unsuccessfully), 2014, and 2016. Given her solidly conservative voting record in the House, we probably would have supported her this year, if I had »

New frontiers in “diversity”

Featured image The Star Tribune never tires of creative ways to tout the alleged benefits of the immigrant waves transforming Minnesota. When one looks for an assessment of the costs, or an assessment of whether the costs might outweigh the benefits, one must look elsewhere. This weekend the Star Tribune touts the coming of “diversity” to the business of craft beer. It reads to me like unintended satire. First we have the »

Liberal Racism in Action

Featured image Yesterday we reported on research showing liberal attempts to measure “implicit” racism may actually make racial bias worse, and today there is research out of Yale confirming that the racism of liberals is more than just “implicit.” See if you can notice the howler in the very first paragraph of this press release from the Yale School of Management: White Liberals Present Themselves as Less Competent in Interactions with African-Americans »

The fine art of dine & dash

Featured image In the case of St. Paul Chipotle thief Masud Ali and his friends we see an extension of the culture of victimization. Ali and friends turned up this past Thursday at the Chipotle on Grand Avenue, in one of St. Paul’s nicest neighborhoods. Recognized by store manager Dominique Moran to be part of a group from the previous Tuesday that refused to pay for their meal, Moran asked Ali to »

The way we hate now (Stacey Abrams edition)

Featured image Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams came up short in her race against Republican Brian Kemp. She got around to saying as much in what should have been a concession speech yesterday, but neither Abrams nor her most visible public supporters are in a mood to concede anything. So she gave a language lesson in lieu of a traditional concession (video below) — a language lesson in which she testifies »

Fudge to Pelosi: I’ll see your gender and raise you my race

Featured image Yesterday, in a post about the opposition to Nancy Pelosi’s bid to become House Speaker, I noted that, thus far, no one has stepped forward to run against Pelosi. You can’t beat somebody with nobody. I added that if somebody emerges to oppose Pelosi, it had better be a woman. Otherwise, Pelosi and her backers are sure to play the gender card, and the new House members who are resisting »

CRB: The way we hate now

Featured image This week we have previewed three stellar reviews from the new (Fall) of the Claremont Review of Books (subscribe here). These outstanding reviews have given us the lowdown on new biographies of Lenin, Stalin, Wilson and de Gaulle. Forgive me for repeating myself: it is an invaluable magazine for those of us who love trustworthy essays on, and reviews of books about, politics, history, literature and culture. Now think back »

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 »