No Noose

Featured image On Sunday, a normally sane part of the world went crazy when a “noose” was discovered in a garage stall at the Talladega race track that was used by a NASCAR team that included driver Bubba Wallace, who is black. You can imagine the uproar. Everyone involved in NASCAR stood in solidarity with Bubba and against racism. Wallace himself jumped to conclusions: I understand that Wallace even humiliated himself by »

Chronicles of the Crazy Time (8)

Featured image • So now we’re going to take down the statue of Theodore Roosevelt outside the Natural History Museum in New York? I’m no great fan of TR, but if I was a New Yorker I think I’d mount the barricade to prevent the statue’s removal. I also hope the Great Repudiators currently rampaging across the land will get around to the other Roosevelt—you know, the one who put 100,000 Japanese »

You don’t need a weather vane

Featured image On the colonial frontier Congregational minister Eleazar Wheelock established Dartmouth College as an institution to educate Native Americans. The college had its origins in the Indian missionary movement and in the mid-eighteenth-century evangelical revival. The college’s charter reflected its origins in Indian education even though it also provided for the education of “English Youth and any others.” (I borrow this account of the college’s history from Encylopedia.com.) The education of »

Bye, Bye, Eskimo Pie

Featured image Eskimo Pie joins the brands that featured minorities and now are destined for history’s dust bin: The maker of Eskimo Pies will change the 99-year-old brand name of the ice cream treat, the company said Friday — becoming the latest organization to overhaul the marketing of a product with a racially tinged moniker in recent weeks. What does “racially tinged” mean? It is bad, supposedly. But why? The “Eskimo Pie” »

Banality Brushback

Featured image As has been noted here already, there is a huge rush to issue conformist statements adhering the the party line about BLM, white supremacy, and the rest of the Woke Catechism. Nowhere more so than on college campuses. Peter Wood notes in his fine piece “The Mandatory Banality of College Presidents” that: The statements from the college presidents individually do not mean much, but taken as a whole, they testify to »

On monuments and the baseball Hall of Fame

Featured image I’m fine with removing statues of Confederate leaders and generals, and their predecessors whose arguments paved the way for secession, provided the removal is the result of a lawful decision rather than the action of a mob. These statues were erected because the community, or at least its leaders, considered the men in question to have done worthwhile things and to have influenced history (or tried to) in a positive »

Corporate Pandering Means Invisibility

Featured image Today’s dumbest news comes from corporate America. First, Quaker Oats announced that it is doing away with Aunt Jemima. Quaker Oats is retiring the more than 130-year-old Aunt Jemima brand and logo, acknowledging its origins are based on a racial stereotype. “As we work to make progress toward racial equality through several initiatives, we also must take a hard look at our portfolio of brands and ensure they reflect our »

Chronicles of the Crazy Time (5)

Featured image Today’s liberal institutional meltdown is brought to you by the National Book Critics Circle (NBCC), the folks who bring us an annual slate of book awards that are not to be confused with the National Book Awards, but who cares since they all think alike. Anyway, it seems the president of the NBCC drafted up the now mandatory institutional statement affirming Black Lives Matter with the required white guilt codicil, »

More from Glenn Loury & John McWhorter on Our Current Moment

Featured image Glenn Loury of Brown University and John McWhorter of Columbia conduct weekly video chats on BloggingheadsTV on “The Glenn Show,” and I occasionally dip in for a while, though I seldom have a complete free hour to listen to the whole thing (though you can also download a podcast version of the show). Anyway, on Wednesday Loury and McWhorter laid down some serious smack on the dominant leftist narrative of »

America Is Not Racist—Full Stop

Featured image One of the most discouraging things about the present moment is how few Republican leaders are speaking out forcefully against the central point of the current protests and wave of ill-liberalism it has unleashed, namely, that George Floyd’s death is proof of America’s essential racist and evil character. Instead, most Republicans are talking policy, police reform ideas, reforming qualified immunity, and the like. The parallel conversation among shell-shocked liberals on »

Fake News and Fake Politics about Policing

Featured image If you made the same mistake I did and watched the evening network news tonight, you saw extended excerpts of the testimony to the House Judiciary Committee today from the brother of George Floyd. It was emotional, heartfelt, and powerful. What you didn’t see, or hear even a passing reference to, was the parallel testimony of Heather Mac Donald. I encourage you to read the whole thing at the link in »

Say It Ain’t So, Horatio!

Featured image The mania currently sweeping much of the Western world apparently knows no limits. In the U.K., Black Lives Matter activists are trying to tear down statues of famous Britons, including Robert Peel. Why Robert Peel? Because he is “seen as the father of modern policing,” having founded London’s metropolitan police department. Which, of course, was famously unarmed. But that isn’t the worst of it: Nelson’s Column is the latest target »

Black Lives Sometimes Matter

Featured image You would have to be a slow learner not to realize how selective the leftist concern about black lives is, and how little charlatans like Al Sharpton and left-wing politicians have actually done for the safety or quality of life of African-Americans. This tweet makes one aspect of this point, eloquently: In 8 years of residency and attending as a trauma surgeon, I've had 67 young black men end up »

Save Us From Woke Capitalism

Featured image Over the last week the stock market has enjoyed a huge rally, amidst the continuing overhang of the COVID-19 crisis and mass rioting throughout many urban areas. The market has now made up nearly all of the ground it lost starting in February. It’s either the market’s way of giving the middle finger to the virus crisis and the riots, or it could be one of the greatest short-covering rallies »

A Heroine of Our Time

Featured image No one is standing taller against the current tide of insanity than Candace Owens. You likely have already seen this Facebook Live video; tens of millions have. If not, it is worth watching. She begins by explaining why George Floyd, whose death was tragic and wrongful, was no hero. (The point is not academic. There is a movement afoot to rename Minneapolis’s Chicago Avenue as George Floyd Avenue.) She then »

The worst book I have ever read

Featured image Writing on Power Line about recent events in Minnesota, I noted that Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow is easily one of the worst books I have ever read; the book had been cited by one of Governor Walz’s gurus on race. Alexander’s book is as bad as it is influential. It’s funny how that goes. Although Alexander’s book is a close competitor for the distinction, the worst book I »

Wes Unseld and what might have been

Featured image In reading tributes to the late Wes Unseld, I learned that Adolph Rupp, the racist coach at the University of Kentucky, wanted to make Unseld the first black member of his team. Indeed, Rupp tried very hard to recruit Big Wes. Unseld, an outstanding student on top of everything else, was recruited by top programs throughout the country. But he was a Kentucky native and quite interested in playing at »