Race and racial bias

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: »

Let the healing begin

Featured image I don’t want Virginia Governor Ralph Northam to resign. In his own way he perfectly represents the Democratic Party. He is a devout advocate of the positive good view of abortion. He defends extension of the practice to “infants” or, perhaps preferably, postpartum entities. He freely dealt the race card from the bottom of the deck against Ed Gillespie. Now he heartlessly leaves us wondering whether he is the man »

Breaking: Northam Heading South? [Updated]

Featured image Scott wrote this morning about Virginia Governor Ralph Northam’s extraordinarily shocking open embrace of infanticide, and this afternoon the story is breaking about this image from Northam’s medical school yearbook page (see the upper right): It is not clear yet whether Northam is the person in blackface, or the person in the Klan hood (nice choice). The Virginia Senate Democratic leader Richard L. Saslaw  told the Washington Post: “While it’s in »

Racist black nationalism and the Covington controversy

Featured image At NRO, Molly Powell calls attention to a largely overlooked aspect of the Covington confrontation — the outright racism, homophobia, and religious bigotry of the black nationalist group that confronted the Covington teenagers. She writes: If you watch the nearly two-hour YouTube video, filmed by a man who seems to be a member of the Black Israelites, you will see the black men, all adult, hurling insult after insult at »

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 »

Mis-Measuring Racism: A How-To Guide

Featured image Years ago a friend who signed on with a large prestigious law firm recounted how one of his first orientation sessions was “sensitivity training” (the precursor to “diversity” workshops today) with regard to ethnicity and sexual orientation. Back in those innocent days it consisted largely in an inventory of terms and phrases that you might not be aware are pejorative or insulting to minorities. To which my pal said, “I learned »

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 »

Elimination of bias, MN style

Featured image I last spoke about Minnesota’s elimination of bias continuing legal education requirement for attorneys at the Federalist Society’s 2013 National Lawyers Convention. I called my talk “Bias in the air” and posted it on Power Line. The elimination of bias CLE requirement was formally adopted by the Minnesota Supreme Court and is implemented by the court’s enforcers at the Minnesota State Board of Continuing Legal Education. To satisfy the elimination »

“Ban the Box” Gets Boxed in Again

Featured image We reported here last year about research showing that a favorite Obama policy initiative known as “Ban the Box” (that is, prohibit employers from inquiring about a person’s criminal history on employment applications) was having the opposite effect, and was increasing discrimination against blacks. Two women economists writing in the Quarterly Journal of Economics concluded: Our results support the concern that BTB policies encourage racial discrimination: the black-white gap in »

Hate has a home at the New York Times

Featured image In response to complaints about the obvious racism of Sarah Jeong, the new member of the New York Times’ editorial board, leftists are contending that it’s logically impossible for minority group members to be racist in their view of whites. This theory has long been articulated by deep-thinkers in Black Studies departments who pollute America’s college campuses. For those interested, Andrew Sullivan takes on this bit of neo-Marxist clap-trap here. »

The New York Times — enemy of white people

Featured image Steve has written about how the New York Times hired Sarah Jeong to be part of its editorial board, even though it knew Jeong has written a series of vicious, foul-mouthed attacks on white people, collectively. The Times excuses Jeong ravings on the theory that she was merely “imitating the rhetoric of her harassers” on the internet. Rubbish. As John Sexton counters: First, the tweets aren’t all replying to other »

Open Bigotry at the New York Times [Update]

Featured image The New York Times editorial page has taken a lot of heat for hiring a handful of conservatives as staff (such as Bari Weiss, though she denies she’s actually a conservative) and as columnists, such as Bret Stephens. Well today they’ve done penance for the left with the newest hire: Sarah Jeong. Here’s her background: Born in South Korea, Sarah grew up in North Carolina and California. She’s both a »

Sometimes it’s the crime you didn’t commit that nails you

Featured image That’s the theme, or at least the punchline, of Preston Sturges’ classic movie “The Great McGinty,” among other works of art. It may also end up being the kicker in the class action lawsuit against Harvard for discriminating against Asian-Americans in undergraduate admissions. Harvard wants to admit African-Americans and Latinos more or less in proportion to their representation in the U.S. population. It can’t do so if it makes admissions »

Shame of Harvard Med School

Featured image We have moved to territory inviting if not beyond satire at the prominent Harvard-affiliated Brigham Health academic health care system in connection with its Brigham and Women’s Hospital (Harvard Medical School’s teaching Hospital). Last week the Boston Globe reported the recent accomplishment of Brigham Health president Dr. Betsy Nabel. Dr. Nabel has removed 31 portraits of former department chairmen from the hospital’s Bornstein amphitheater because they are all men and »

New frontiers in racial bias

Featured image Minneapolis’s Star Tribune dominates news coverage in the Twin Cities by setting the agenda for the rest of the local media. To the extent that it has influenced Minnesota politics — and its effect is certainly not insubstantial the left-wing tilt of its news coverage and opinion pages has done untold damage. Today’s Star Tribune story by Chris Serres on “racial bias” in child protection shows how it can be »

A significant moment in administrative law

Featured image The Senate today voted to kill a five-year-old Obama administration “guidance” on making auto loans to minority borrowers. The House almost certainly will follow suit. The guidance, issued by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, took aim at a common industry practice whereby auto dealers mark up interest rates offered by finance companies. The finance companies set an interest rate based on objective criteria such as borrowers’ credit history and the »

Linda Brown & her case

Featured image Linda Brown was the young girl who gave her name to the four cases consolidated for consideration in Brown V. Board of Education, the 1954 Supreme Court case that effectively invalidated the regime of public school segregation. She died on Sunday at the age of 75 or 76. Neil Genzlinger’s New York Times obituary (illustrated with good photographs) is here. Genzlinger deals inadequately with the Brown case. “In its ruling,” »