Category: Race

Sentences I didn't finish reading II

Quoted from the Wall Street Journal’s “Notable & Quotable” From the abstract of a 2018 scholarly paper published in the Journal of Youth Development: Camp staff have hope that summer camp plays a role in helping youth bridge differences. . . . This study draws on prior school research and critical Whiteness studies to examine race-evasiveness among... Read more »

I'm back

I’ve been mostly absent from these pages for a month or so because I had a tight deadline for ghostwriting two books and other freelance work. Now I’ve got time again to post on ChicagoNow, hoping to return a conservative viewpoint to the liberal/left/far left tilt of these pages. Not that a conservative viewpoint is needed.... Read more »

Flipping out over Kanye West

Wow, judging by the hysteria, you might have thought that superstar rapper Kanye West called for the return to the days of Plessy v. Ferguson, the 1896 U.S. Supreme Court decision that upheld the constitutionality of racial segregation under the “separate but equal” doctrine. The condemnations of West as everything from an opportunist and nutty to  betrayer  began when... Read more »
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Who the hell feels sorry for Mark Conditt, the Austin bomber?

Somehow Mark Conditt’s bombings in Austin, Tex., have been turned into a racial thing, believe it or not. I read the news this morning and saw two opinion pieces (here and here) about how Conditt has received a lot of sympathy because he’s white. It’s all about–get this–the “racial empathy gap.” Who? Who is giving this murderer sympathy?... Read more »

The cultural (mis)appropriation of St. Patrick's Day

Now comes the latest offense…. Wait, I can’t say it’s the latest, because these things keep popping up every day. Well, for me, cultural (mis)appropriation is relatively new. Some examples: A white guy wears dreadlocks. Black Americans wearing African-style clothing. Wearing a Native American feather headdress. Actors performing in roles not of their race or ethnicity. (Except,... Read more »

Black women live longer than white men

How’s that white patriarchy thing going? The Center for Disease Control reports that the average life expectancy is longer for black women than it is for white men. There are lots of explanations for this, but could one of them be that male whiteness may not be all that privileged. Or if it is, why... Read more »
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Who's to blame for Charlottesville?

Vice News Tonight on HBO well documented the hatred that incited the violence between the neoNazis and antiNazis in Charlottesville. It’s worth watching–if you can stand some of the shocking and scary things said by one of the neoNazi leaders. I want to be careful here, because I can’t read what’s in the hearts and minds... Read more »

Tear down the Abe Lincoln statue in Chicago's Lincoln Park

Why not? Even though he led the Union in a fight to abolish slavery, we all know that he was a racist at heart and ending slavery wasn’t his purpose at all. It is Fred Kaplan’s argument according to a book review by Manisha Sinha: Unlike the abolitionists, Lincoln — in Kaplan’s telling — opposed emancipation... Read more »

For those needing a reminder of what the Nazis did

Every new generation needs another reminder of the fathomless evil of the Nazis, especially now that so many Americans seem to proudly identify with them and their allied white supremacists such as the Ku Klux Klan. As appalling as it was for the Greatest Generation to discover the depravity of the Nazi death camps as they... Read more »
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The Southern Poverty Law Center is a hate group

The Southern Poverty Law Center has a right to call anyone a hate group. And so it does. But it goes beyond the pale when journalists participate in the center’s hateful activities by uncritically citing its “research”  into and its “definition” of who and what qualifies as a hate group. A journalist has done it... Read more »
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