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Woke Shall Overcome!

In a July 31 OpEd in the Los Angeles Times, Micah Ali, the president of the Compton Unified School District Board of Trustees, writes that “the upheaval of 2020” — the post Floyd protests and riots — has provided a unique opportunity “to begin righting historic injustices.  One of the best examples of ”systemic racism,” […]

“Diversity” At Dillard University?

The Chronicle of Higher Education ran an article yesterday on “What Equity and Student Support Mean at Institutions That Have Been at It For Generations.” It was a moderated roundtable discussion with presidents “who hailed from historically black institutions, a tribal college, and community colleges serving Hispanic and Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander […]

A Tale Of Two Riots

“A destructive, roving band of people broke into several Seattle businesses” on the night of July 22, the Seattle Post Intelligencer reports.  They “roamed about the Capitol Hill neighborhood, doing massive amounts of property damage, looting, shooting fireworks, and committing arson.” Moving on, the mob broke into businesses, looted, started fires, and then “used baseball […]

Bonkers In Bangor

Some of us are old enough to remember that “affirmative action” originally meant taking steps to ensure that applicants and employees were treated “without regard” to race, etc. If you’re not old enough to remember — or you’re so old you’ve forgotten — you can look up President Kennedy’s Executive Order 10925 (1961) and President […]

Misreading Polling Data On Race

I have a new essay on the still alive Minding The Campus, “Misreading Polling Data on Race.” It takes a critical look at FiveThirtyEight.com’s insufficiently critical look at some recent polling data.

More On Troy, Alabama

Two days ago, in “John Lewis, R.I.P,” I discussed how John Lewis’s and my path away from our joint home town, Troy, Alabama, did and did not cross. Writing that post dredged up some old memories about growing up there, one of which is a more than 20 year old letter to the editor of […]

John Lewis, R.I.P.

John Lewis, the iconic civil rights hero and Congressman, has just died. I am tempted to say I knew him before he was iconic, but that’s not quite accurate. More important, we both grew up in the same small town, Troy, Alabama, at about the same time, but one of the most reprehensible things about […]

Lynching Language

The local ABC News affiliate in Lynchburg, Virginia, is reporting a new online petition to change the name of the city, “in light of the Black Lives Matter movement.” The petition states that “We need to hold the city accountable. If black lives truly matter to the city, then such a word defining the hanging of […]

Black Lives Matter On The Ballot

It appears as though President Trump has decided to make the November 3 election, insofar as he can, a choice between his support for traditional American values and principles and those who denigrate them, deface statues of our heroes, and pledge to replace them with those favored by Black Lives Matter. Whether or not that […]

Happy July 4th! America: Love It … Or Vote Democratic

“America: Love it … or vote Democratic.” That’s my suggestion for a Republican campaign slogan, and I thought of it even before this USA Today article by David Paleologos, director of the Suffolk University Political Research Center, about the recent USA Today/Suffolk poll on partisan differences regarding patriotism. I would stop a bit short of […]