Other Race Relations Issues

Some of these topics are rather touchy, but the material below is presented as a public service for the benefit of people who who get all their information from television news, labor unions, and the "talking points" spread at the office by left-wing activists.

Spin-off pages and subsections:

A few words about the Black Panthers.

Liberal Democrats and the Minority Voter

The Duke Lacrosse team.

Rachel Dolezal.

"Reverend" Jeremiah Wright.

President Obama's Racial Opportunism.


The Department of Kwanzaa.

The curious case of Rachel Dolezal.

Black Hate Crimes and Black Mobs.

Black Racism.

Why do people think Cleopatra was black?  Some of the Cleopatra-was-black business may be the result of ignorance of ancient history, of believing Cleopatra to be a native Egyptian, and of believing native Egyptians to be black.  But Cleopatra was not a native Egyptian; rather, she was a member of a foreign dynasty that ruled over Egypt.

A Juneteenth organizer erases whites from the Civil War's victory against slavery.  Black activists cannot tolerate the fact that slavery ended because of white sacrifices.  This wasn't the fault of the slaves.  They were scarcely in a position to help themselves, but the reality is that whites ended slavery, and gratitude has been replaced with erasure.  By the end of the Civil War, 2,128,948 men had passed through the Union Army in the fight against slavery, with slightly fewer than 22,000 being regulars.  The rest were volunteers.  And, significantly, those soldiers were white: [...] Those facts are not an indictment.  They're just facts.  If it weren't for white men volunteering to end a terrible scourge and an offensive against liberty, slavery would not have ended in 1865 in America.  These white men paid a high price for this moral victory.  In four years, almost 600,000 Union soldiers were killed, wounded, captured, or missing.  (Between both the North and South, roughly 2% of the total American population died from disease or battle wounds.)  The Civil War was far and away America's most deadly war, and it was whites who died.

Joe Biden Comes to Town.  [Scroll down]  The craziness in town culminated in the wake of George Floyd's death and the Black Lives Matter protests, during which the town formed a committee to conduct a review of the Irvington Police Department. [...] The town paid tens of thousands of dollars for two facilitators to run the meetings — a black man and a Hispanic woman.  During the first Zoom meeting (this was during COVID), I was immediately labeled a racist when I questioned the black man stating that the next George Floyd could happen in our town.  It was a ludicrous statement, indicating that he knew nothing about Irvington, but the progressives on the committee ate it up and literally spent the next several months labeling me a racist for defending the IPD. [...]As the committee prepared its recommendations, many of the members wished to defund the police and replace them with social workers.  Thankfully, that did not get enough support.  But the experience led to officers — several of whom were born and raised their children here — retiring immediately upon their pension vesting rather than staying on.  Some even moved away.  And of course, the hiring of new officers would now be based, in part, on skin color.

O.J. Verdict Was Harbinger of Racial Tensions to Come.  O.J. Simpson is dead, and I can't say he'll be missed.  [Advertisement]  He will be remembered chiefly for the brutal murder of his ex-wife, Nicole Simpson, and her friend Ron Goldman, along with his eventual and controversial acquittal.  [Advertisement]  If you were not around when it happened, it is hard to fully comprehend how much the O.J. trial was a major cultural event.  Even more recent incidents, like the George Zimmerman or Casey Anthony trials, do not hold a candle.  [Advertisement]  We no longer have a common culture the way we did then.  The common experience arose from people learning about the same events in the same ways — in this case, on television — rather than curating individualized sets of facts on the siloed internet sites of today.  [Advertisement]  In 1994, cable news was hitting its stride with the criminal trial industrial complex, where commenters like Greta van Susteren and Nancy Grace would soon become household names.

Giving context (and reality) to the phrase 'African American'.  There are 49 countries in sub-Sahara Africa, comprised of hundreds of tribes (thousands of languages), all of which have black populations.  The last vestiges of white colonialism are swiftly vanishing.  So, where did those blacks who came as slaves to America originate?  Generally, they came from sub-Saharan Africa's central western region, where dominant tribes captured them and sold them to Muslim-run slave markets for Western purchasers.  These dominant tribes did not think of these slaves as their equals.  They viewed them as sub-humans (from inferior tribes) that supplied a lucrative commodity.  It is estimated that the slaver tribes captured as many as 20 million people, of whom some 10-15 million survived the march to the slave markets.

The Democrats and the Rise of Racial Radicalism.  Left-wing or social-democratic theorists brought a class analysis to bear.  A key figure was William Julius Wilson, a University of Chicago sociologist. [...] In 2019, according to a Pew Research study, 45 percent of black households earn $50,000 or more, and 18 percent earn $100,000 or more.  In 2000, 15 percent of adult blacks had a bachelor's degree; in 2018, 23 percent.  Those numbers are less than whites or Asians, but roughly comparable to Hispanics.  The real problem in the black population, as Wilson noted, is the urban underclass, not the growing suburban middle class.  And as Wilson argued, the economic and cultural depredations of this underclass could not be simply explained as legacies of slavery and Jim Crow.  They were also the effects of the globalization and deindustrialization that began in the 1970s.

San Antonio Anti-Gentrification Article Inadvertently Shows Influx Of White People Improving Quality Of Life/Property Values.  Could one story illustrate the destructive nature to property value of a community devoid of white people and the incredible accumulation of wealth possible for black individuals who get to see their formerly all-BIPOC community blessed with an infusion of white people to the point of them becoming a majority?  Some might call it gentrification. [...] If the community was so vibrant and thriving when it was all-black in the 1990s, why were white people able to buy up property so cheaply then, to the point that once it became majority white (via gentrification), a black owner of residential property was able to sell his home for $4.8 million?  What was that same home worth when the community was all-black, totally devoid of white people?  How did it magically appreciate to be worth $4.8 million upon the neighborhood flipping from all-black people to majority white?

Federal Court Picks Alabama Congressional Map That Carves out Separate Black District.  Gerrymandering, whether engineered through judicial fiat or by legislators, is meant to weigh electoral results in a certain direction.  From the map selected by the three-judge panel overseeing the Alabama redistricting map, it appears as though these judges are attempting to thwart another Trump landslide in Alabama for 2024.  [Tweet]  Like the ouster of House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, this may not work out the way everyone thinks it will.

Black Preacher Tells Truths That Would Make Liberals' Heads Explode.  This black preacher spits some hard truths about the sad history of Africa before white people arrived there.  [Video clip]

DEI training isn't working.  Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) training has become a lucrative industry.  A Harvard Business Review states that "U.S. companies spend roughly $8 billion a year on DEI training."  No wonder a survey by The Economist suggests the number of people hired for jobs with "diversity" or "inclusion" in the title has more than quadrupled since 2010.  The intent of DEI programs can be debated.  But regardless of intent, it's clear the DEI agenda being pushed onto American employees is simply not working.  A growing number of studies — in prominent publications like Psychology Today, Harvard Business Review and The Economist — are questioning whether DEI training has a positive effect.  Employees of companies that deploy DEI programs convey similar attitudes, with 62 percent saying they're "not working as intended."

When Race Trumps Merit: How the Pursuit of Equity Threatens Lives.  The post-George Floyd racial reckoning hit the field of medicine like an earthquake.  Medical education, medical research, and standards of competence have been upended by two related hypotheses:  that racial disparities in the demographics of the medical profession and racial disparities in health outcomes are the products of systemic racism.  Questioning those hypotheses is professionally suicidal.  Vast sums of public and private research funding are being redirected from basic science to political projects aimed at dismantling white supremacy.  The result will be a declining quality of medical care and a curtailment of scientific progress.

Sad News for the 'Africa-Invented-Everything' Woke Lie.  I previously covered a clip in which a clearly British Person of Color in absurd-looking ethnic garb parroted the oft-repeated lie, manifesting in various forms, that Africans "invented almost everything."  [Tweet]  This is an indefensible claim for reasons that I explore in this article.  But perhaps the rebuttal doesn't need to be quite so elaborate.  One lonely inconvenient fact calls into question the whole narrative: Sub-Saharan Africa, before European colonization, did not even have the wheel.  This is despite the fact that the wheel was invented in the 4th millennium BC and was pivotal to the economic development of nearly every civilization in every other part of the world.  That includes Europe, India, China, and the Middle East.  In fact, pre-colonial African civilizations were aware of the wheel because it was introduced via contact with outsiders but did not adopt it even after being handed the technology.

The Untold Story of Racial Classification in America.  Americans have been living with the idiosyncrasies of arbitrary racial classifications for almost five decades.  These are now deeply entrenched and serve to drive political agendas while understandably fomenting divisiveness and resentment.  That is the subject of David E. Bernstein's impeccably researched book Classified: The Untold Story of Racial Classification in America.  In his review of the history of American racial classification, Bernstein, a professor of law at George Mason University, brings clarity to the contentious discrimination debate which began in earnest with the Statistical Directive 15 of the Office of Management and Budget of 1977, creating five inconsistent and haphazard racial categories:  American Indian or Alaskan Native; Asian or Pacific Islander; Black; Hispanic; and White.  There was "no inherent logic" to the classifications, nor to the practices deriving from them.

A Hyper-Fixation on Racial Equality Only Yields Division.  Systemic racism is the idea that woven into the pillars of American society is racism, and it is a fundamental truth — the cards are stacked against people of color.  And, because of their skin color, White people cannot help but reinforce this oppression.  Yet, when you break it down, it's quite the contradiction.  At its roots, racism is both logically untenable and simultaneously self-reinforcing.  It's an incredibly anti-social notion (hating large groups of people based on something as trivial as melanin levels), but we are supposed to believe all White people and "Uncle Toms" — the derogatory label Democrats give to Black conservatives — are working in concert to perpetuate an unequal race-centered environment.  Really?  But is racism a cause or effect?

Black Panther communist Angela Davis [is in the news] after genealogy show reveals her white puritan ancestor arrived in America on the Mayflower.  A famed Black Panther who's also a communist has faced calls to pay reparations after discovering her ancestors were white puritans who arrived in the US on the Mayflower.  Angela Davis, 79, was flabbergasted to discover both sides of her family were white, and that her mom's ancestors were slave owners, on PBS show Finding Your Roots.  And the stunning revelations sparked calls for the famously woke Marxist University of California professor to herself pay reparations, having previously called on whites to pony-up in the past.

Black Panther communist Angela Davis [is in the news] after genealogy show reveals her white puritan ancestor arrived in America on the Mayflower.  A famed Black Panther who's also a communist has faced calls to pay reparations after discovering her ancestors were white puritans who arrived in the US on the Mayflower.  Angela Davis, 79, was flabbergasted to discover both sides of her family were white, and that her mom's ancestors were slave owners, on PBS show Finding Your Roots.  And the stunning revelations sparked calls for the famously woke Marxist University of California professor to herself pay reparations, having previously called on whites to pony-up in the past.

American Medical Association's Racism Course Is Unscientific Propaganda.  Let's say you are a doctor with an interest in the role racism may play in medicine.  Your natural inclination is to turn to the American Medical Association as a resource since it is the largest publisher of medical education products in the United States.  You find an AMA course titled "Racism in Medicine" replete with a video valued at one credit-hour of continuing medical education.  Of course, it helps that the course is free.  You turn on the video and are immediately met with the smiling, youthful face of Dr. Emily Cleveland Manchanda, who says:  ["]So tonight, we are going to begin as those of us at the Center for Health Equity always begin each of our talks — with a land and labor acknowledgement.  We acknowledge that we are all living off of the stolen ancestral lands of indigenous peoples for thousands of years; [etc.] ["]  Flabbergasted, you wonder what in the world this has to do with the practice of medicine.  The answer, of course, is nothing, but dogma like this is part of the woke agenda the AMA is forcing upon its doctors.

DIE training is the opposite of all the good it claims to be.  [Scroll down] Butzel Attorneys and Counselors cites training by Disney that "purportedly provided a 'white privilege' checklist for white employees to complete."  I can't give legal advice, but I would call that a hostile work environment right there, and Disney did try to distance itself from this controversial material.  I am not sure the Mouse can distance himself from the animated series The Proud Family, in which black teenagers talk about how slaves built the country and how they are owed reparations — all while talking in accents well suited to blackface minstrel shows and similar entertainments.  Star Trek's Uhura does not talk that way, Felix Leiter in Casino Royale does not talk that way, and Iron Man's friend Colonel Rhodes does not talk that way.  They talk like everybody else.  Then again, Disney has a long history of interjecting racial stereotypes into its movies, so maybe this is just more of the same.

Hoist with their own petard.  "Hoist with his own petard" is an odd phrase.  It comes from Shakespeare's Hamlet, describing a bombmaker getting blown up with his creation.  That perfectly describes what is happening to the Left-wing New Venture Fund, one of the largest dark money groups in the country.  In 2021 they raised $964 million to blast conservatives with vile accusations and push Leftist causes.  And many of those accusations, of course, are based upon the slander that Republicans are a bunch of knuckle-dragging racists.  Well, guess what?  Two of their employees are accusing the New Venture Fund of being knuckle-dragging racists.

Former Employees Slap The Left's Favorite Dark Money Group With Racial Discrimination Lawsuits.  Two former employees of a major liberal dark money group say they were subjected to racism and discrimination in the workplace, according to wrongful termination lawsuits obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.  Both suits allege that the New Venture Fund, a dominant player in Democratic politics that operates a network of liberal organizations, paid black women less than white counterparts, and that black employees risked being fired for pushing back against discrimination.  One employee, hired as a racial equity consultant, said she was "subjected to racial harassment" and frequently shouted down by white colleagues during discussions about race.  The liberal dark money behemoth claims to "fearlessly" integrate the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion in all its work.  The allegations, from employees at separate New Venture Fund affiliates, implicate senior executives and suggest the group's stated commitment to racial "equity" does not extend to its black employees.  The group raised $964 million in 2021 alone from mostly anonymous donors.

Remembering Nancy Green.  Since this is Black History Month, let's talk about Nancy Green, the first Black corporate spokesperson in the United States.  A few years ago, her identity was erased by progressive woke insanity, intent on destroying our nation's rich and evolving heritage and history. [...] When she died in 1923, Green was a national celebrity having become America's first living trademark.  Green's story starts in 1888 when the Pearl Milling Co., which produced a variety of milled products, incorporates in St. Joseph, Missouri.  A year later, the company originated its ready-mixed, self-rising pancake flour mix and called it Aunt Jemima Pancake Mix.  Unlike today when businesses can promote their products on national television, radio, and social media, it was challenging in the late 1800s to gain national exposure.  Pearl Milling planned to introduce Aunt Jemima Pancake Mix during the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition that was being held in Chicago.  Everything was ready to go.  All the company needed was an "Aunt Jemima" spokeswoman to cook the pancakes in their booth during the Exhibition. [...] Almost overnight, "Aunt Jemima" Green became famous, turning the Pearl Milling Company booth into an Exhibition sensation.

The Former Slave Who Loved the Constitution.  "The Constitution is a GLORIOUS LIBERTY DOCUMENT."  These words were delivered by a former slave.  The all-caps emphasis was his.  In an 1852 speech entitled What to the Slave is the Fourth of July the inimitable Frederick Douglass called out the evil of slavery while praising an undeniable instrument of liberation:  the U.S. Constitution.  If you visit the National Museum of African-American History and Culture's (NMAAHC) online exhibit of Douglass' Fourth of July speech, you won't see or hear any mention of the Constitution.  It's not the first or last time that the Smithsonian will suppress history.  Remember, NMAAHC is the same museum that heavily pushes racist "White Privilege" rhetoric and the infamous (but removed) "Whiteness and White Culture" infographic that proclaimed having a hard work ethic, intact married family, and using objecting rational thinking were "white."  The Left loves its racism.

Disney's New Cartoon Makes Sure Black Kids Hate White Children As Well As America.  Disney's second season of the reboot of The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder are as WOKE and race-baiting as you can imagine.  In several scenes, the cast talks about how America was built on slavery and discover that certain important people, including the founder of their city was a slave owner.  The show even repeats the 'hands up don't shoot' lie which was debunked a long time by cops who said Micheal Brown never put his hands up before attacking a police officer and subsequently shot dead.  [Video clip]

Jiggery-Pokery Wokery.  The woke love to destroy whatever they touch — culture, infrastructure, social cohesion, rational thought.  To be woke is to embrace chaos and injury as a philosophy.  From an anthropological perspective, wokeism is fascinating because its practitioners believe they are creative freethinkers while they act as lobotomized sheep.  Whatever the woke wizards posing as priests tell their needy followers, the woke herds accept as truth. [...] If deception, violence, and obedience are all part of the woke creed, then contradiction is its life-force.  Black lives matter, but all lives do not.  Racism is abhorrent, but defining people first and foremost by their race is somehow just.  Engaging in stereotypes unjustly blames all members of a group for the actions of a lone individual, but white people alive today must be forced to pay for the crimes of people who not only lived centuries ago, but also are not likely blood-related ancestors.  When all people are treated equally, white supremacy wins.  Equity demands that we destroy systemic racism by systematically dividing the races and treating them differently.  The less white someone is, the more deserving of special privileges — unless that person has Asian ancestry, which necessarily requires discriminatory punishment when decisions about college admissions and job hiring are made.

Let Criminal Faces Be Shown.  [Scroll down] The real solution is for blacks to become assimilated into middle-class American society, as large numbers already are.  The great impediment to assimilation is liberal support for identity politics as manifested in affirmative action, BLM, woke politics, and other policies based on racial distinctions.  Only when blacks are treated exactly like white, Asians, and other successful groups will they develop the qualities of those groups.  And only when the media and general culture admit and widely proclaim that bourgeois culture is superior to so-called black culture will this change really take place.  In fact, bourgeois culture is superior.  It produces a more stable home life (though not stable enough, what with white divorce rates of 46%), suppression of violence, emphasis on education and work and material benefits accruing from that higher level of education and work, church attendance and civic involvement, refinement of manners, healthier behavior and environment, and in general a higher quality of life.  Surely, that bourgeois lifestyle is superior to childhood in substandard housing, participation in gang violence and crime at an early age, a marriage rate of only 30% for blacks (in contrast to 52% of whites and 58% of Asians), and a popular culture of rap music that glorifies violence and raw sexuality.

Equity means the dumbing down of America.  The term "equity" has been bandied about by the left as the new version of equality.  A basic definition of equality is a system that provides the same opportunities to everyone, irrespective of race, sex, religion, etc.  Simply put, it means that we have the right to use our God-given talents to aspire to the goals we seek to achieve.  If you have the intellect, the physical requirements, and the motivation to succeed in any endeavor, you will have the same opportunities as anyone else.  Equity, on the other hand, refers to equality of outcome, notwithstanding the ability, perseverance, and hard work put to the task by each individual.  Therefore, if student A takes his studies seriously and puts in several hours a day to excel, while student B enjoys watching movies on Netflix and hanging out at the local gym, that should not mean that A deserves higher grades than B.  In the left-wing world of socialist dogma, no one has the right to achieve more than anyone else.

A Bogus Holiday.  Last week, the Mises Institute didn't celebrate Martin Luther King Day.  Why not?  Is it because we are "racists"?  Not at all.  King has become an icon, who in the eyes of the Left must be viewed with adoration.  He was in fact a disreputable person, underserving of honor in a free society.  The transformation of King into a moral saint resembles the way George Floyd, a thug and drug addict, has become the "Gentle Giant," while people riot in his name. [...] The holiday, contrary to what some predicted would happen twenty years ago, has not turned into 'just another George Washington birthday-type vacation,' marked by bargain sales and a few entirely forgettable media references.  MLK comes as the prelude to a new Lenten month that is full of compulsory meditation on the sins of white racism.  The national birthday shows all the spontaneity of a celebration of Hitler's birthday held in Germany during the Third Reich.

A Rendezvous With Rwanda?  America is an increasingly multiracial society.  Despite its early history of slavery and racial segregation, and ongoing bias and tensions, the United States remains one of the few contemporary multiracial constitutional systems that have actually worked.  Yet recently few have appreciated that achievement.  Usually multiracial nations and empires — Yugoslavia, the former Soviet Union, the Austro-Hungarian, and Ottoman empires — require some level of coercion incompatible with a democratic constitution to force calm.  Brazil, India, Lebanon, Nigeria, and Kenya may be currently multiracial democracies in theory, but in fact they are often sectarian and tribal cauldrons.  In most such places, pride, solidarity — and even safety — are only found through common religious, ethnic, and racial bonds that become all-encompassing.  The individual's primary allegiance to each particular warring group inevitably becomes incompatible with every other's overriding loyalties.  The United States is insidiously nearing that abyss.  It has all but renounced its old commitment to the melting-pot, and a "content-of-our-character" ideal of assimilation and integration within a common culture.  But as we obsess on race and accordingly separate, do we really know the final consequences of what the diversity/equity/inclusion tribalism actually entails?

Wokism for dummies! Researchers claim CPR mannequins aren't diverse enough, and rely too heavily on lean, white men.  Mannequins used to practice life-saving CPR aren't diverse enough, doctors have claimed.  Researchers want to ditch the reliance on default 'lean white male' models.  Doing so will help overcome 'bias' among bystanders and help improve the survival of other groups, they say.

A Plan To Make 'Diversity, Equity, And Inclusion' Die.  In early 2021, Coca-Cola was forced to retract a diversity training module that called upon employees to be "less white."  The training said, "to be less white ... be less oppressive ... listen ... believe ... break with white solidarity."  Far from the outlier in the DEI field, that incident fits within a much larger trend of companies trafficking in divisive concepts in their workforces.  At least 78 percent of the 50 Fortune 1000 companies evaluated on the Viewpoint Diversity Score 2022 Business Index utilize employee training that undermines trust, respect, and openness in the workplace.  One of those companies, Bank of America, has launched a reeducation program, telling employees they needed to be "woke" and white employees to "decolonize your mind."  On its website, Bank of America declares that, "Now more than ever, we need to be comfortable with uncomfortable conversations and deepen our understanding through self-education of people's differences."  These "uncomfortable" discussions include telling all white employees that their lives are based on "white-skin privileges."

The Big Lies We Cannot Question.  Another assortment of big lies arises in the Democrat adherence to woke race and gender ideology.  Some of the many lies attendant to this ideology include: 21st-century America is systemically racist against people of color.  America can have open borders without reforming its system of welfare entitlements.  A colorblind meritocracy is racist.  SAT scores are not predictive of success in higher education.  Mathematics and engineering pedagogy is racist.  White supremacists commit the majority of hate crimes.  Incarceration of criminals does not deter crime and reduce crime rates.  Men can menstruate and have children.  Women can have penises.  Teaching 5-year-old kids that they can choose their "gender" does not confuse them.  "Gender-affirming" puberty blockers are a legitimate medical treatment for children.  The list goes on.  If the big lie of the climate emergency will leave Americans destitute and without their freedom, the big lie of woke ideology is going to destroy American culture.  Maybe that is the intent.

Black Lives Matter:  Black Supremacists.  On July 14, Minneapolis police shot and killed twenty-year-old Tekle Sundberg after a six-hour standoff that included multiple shots by the "victim" being fired into the apartment of a young woman and her two small children.  This was because Tekle Sundberg was trying to kill her.  Yet according to attorney Ben Crump, Tekle was a "smart, loving, and artistic" young man "experiencing a mental health crisis."  The photo accompanying Crump's call to action showed Tekle wearing white, the color of innocence, while smiling for the camera.  However, a second photo in the Twitter feed displayed another side of Tekle's character as he held two pistols and a bag of contraband while playfully posing for the camera.  Crump demanded ANSWERS (his capitalization, not mine) from the Minneapolis police about how they conducted themselves during the standoff.  He also posted videos of the grieving adoptive parents blaming the police for killing their son "unnecessarily" and called for people to protest at the scene of the crime, which they did.  Tekle's white parents claimed that the police promised they wouldn't shoot him (a curious claim to make in an active shooter situation, to be sure) and predictably suggested that their son would still be alive if he were white.  However, the police reported that whenever they tried to have the father speak to Tekle, the young man turned his music up full blast and screamed at them.  Just how disgusting can Tekle's parents get?  Zero sympathy was expressed for their son's intended victim or her children.  Their son was actively trying to murder his neighbor when the police finally shot and killed him, more than six hours after the standoff began, and still they blame the police.

The Racialization Of America.  On May 25, 2020, a Black man who'd ingested huge quantities of illegal drugs died while a White cop restrained him as an angry crowd threatened.  Democrats seized this incident as an opportunity to reclaim the White House and dominate government by racially dividing the nation. [...] After May 25, Americans became inundated with unvalidated race-based data.  The MSM reported on the racial disproportionality in arrests and incarceration, the chances of dying from COVID, infant mortality, educational outcomes, income, medical treatment, and more.  The conclusion:  all this disproportionality is due to White supremacy/oppression.  The MSM and social media buried data explaining the drivers of disproportionality.  Drivers are primarily tied to Democratic strategies that encouraged the breakdown of traditional families and values.  The data also negate the White supremacy/oppression driver. [...] Repetitive felon, Darrell Brooks, who is Black, was raised without a father on welfare.  He was an unabashed, uncensored anti-White racist who promoted killing White people.  A beneficiary of the post-May 25 law enforcement reforms, Brooks left jail and promptly killed six White people and injured 62 others, using his car as a weapon.

Black Prosecutor Brings No Charges Against Cop Who Killed Amir Locke, Doesn't Get Called White Supremacist.  The name Amir Locke probably sounds only vaguely familiar at the moment, but rest assured that it is now one more piece of the Black Lives Matter movement's great white supremacy myth.  With, of course, a helpful assist from the ready-to-lie national media.  Recall Locke as the 22-year-old black man shot dead earlier this year by police during a no-knock warrant raid in Minneapolis.  The incident naturally sparked city-wide riots and outrage from leftist journalists eager to pour more kerosine on our race bonfires.  The illiterate Ben Crump was quick to say at the time that Locke's death was another example of black Americans unable to "sleep safely in their beds at night" because of a racist police force.

If The Left Wanted to Save Black Lives, They'd Teach Young Black Men to Not Resist Arrest Instead of Making Heroes Out of Dead Thugs.  Black Lives Matter is dusting off its flags and signs and once again stopping traffic to honor the latest moron who chose to ignore the cops and got himself shot.  Patrick Lyoya, a black man, was pulled over because the car he was driving had the wrong license plate, which is frequently indicative of a stolen car.  Lyoya ignored over a dozen police commands, including one telling him to get back in his car, stop resisting, and drop the police officer's taser, which he had wrestled away from a Grand Rapids, Mich., policeman.  At one point, the police officer was on top of Lyoya, who was on his hands and knees, wrestling for the taser.  The policeman, who in the various videos sounds as though he is running out of energy to continue fighting, pulled his gun and shot Lyoya in the back of the head.  Like so many other black criminals who chose to fight the cops, Lyoya will be the next BLM "hero."  As per usual, BLM is now screaming that Lyoya didn't "deserve to die" because of a wrong plate.  That's not why he died.  He died because he, like so many other black "heroes," resisted arrest, attacked a cop, and got shot in the process.  He also took a cop's weapon.  What did he THINK was going to happen?  He probably knew he'd be a hero to the far left.

Clown World:  Black Man Accuses Other Black Man Of Wearing Black Face, Blames White Supremacy For His Mistake.  Hat tip to American Thinker's Thomas Lifson for bringing a local Arizona story national prominence.  In the uber-wealthy and racially white enclave of Scottsdale, corporate male hacks and wine moms without meaning in life failed in their virtue signal on a grandiose scale. [...] You can't make this up.  A black man hellbent on finding traces of white supremacy in every corner accuses a black man of wearing black face... to darken his skin?  This prompts so many questions.  If racism were real, why would a black man want to appear more black?

Woke Arizona education leaders are blasted after they mistook African-American DJ at school fundraiser for white man in blackface and wrote scathing complaints.  A pair of Arizona diversity, equity and inclusion 'experts' have been blasted for falsely accusing an African-American DJ of wearing blackface at an event.  Jill Lassen and Stuart Rhoden, who advocate for diversity at the Scottsdale Unified School District in various capacities, wrote scathing letters of complaint after DJ Kim Koko Hunter appeared at a PTA event, and they mistook him for a white man.  Stuart and Rhoden have since apologized, with some noting the irony of 'diversity and inclusion' activists rushing to such false conclusions.

Woke Ariz. diversity activists falsely accuse black DJ of wearing blackface.  Two local diversity advocates in Arizona are taking heat after calling a school district racist for hiring a DJ to perform in blackface — but it turns out the DJ was black.  Stuart Rhoden and Jill Lassen — who specialize in diversity, equity and inclusion — lambasted the Scottsdale Unified School District's Hopi Elementary PTA for its decision to hire Kim Koko Hunter, 56, a local black DJ, at a charity event.  Both Rhoden and Lassen, who are involved in diversity work in the school district, slammed the school after seeing a picture of Hunter, only to later learn his race, according to the Arizona Daily Independent.  "The DJ that the Hopi PTA hire[d] was, in fact a Black man," Hopi PTA president Megan Livengood wrote in response to Lassen in a message obtained by the outlet.  "It is insulting that you feel myself or PTA condone racist behavior or encourage it by posting on social media."

Charles Murray's Wake Up Call on Race Problems.  Charles Murray just can't help himself; he's been a social scientist and prolific author for almost 40 years, writing books on the American experience and societal issues.  Now he is back in the mix with a book, Facing Reality:  Two Truths About Race in America (Encounter Books 2021), that follows up on the book he wrote with Richard Hernnstein, The Bell Curve (1994).  That magnificent work blew the top off of racial debates in America by its in-depth analysis of racial cognitive ability (IQ) differences and socio-economic mobility of Americans and factors that are associated with success in life.  The 79-year-old scholar and warrior at the American Enterprise Institute is back at it, trying to substitute facts and analysis for the sloppy thinking and emotions that pervade academia and politics in America.  While the chattering class and media focus on inequities and claims of social injustice, Dr. Murray (PhD MIT) points out that although there is certainly racism in every society and in America, the reality is that the inequities of socio economic status are more the result of cognitive ability and criminal activity.

'Social justice' breeds race-hatred.  In 2022, "buying black" is a cause célèbre for every product and service under the sun — massive corporations now profit by displaying their wares with black actors, showing how "enlightened" they are.  There is nothing enlightened about race-hustling, which is what this is.  Hiring pilots based on skin color rather than ability?  Martin Luther King, Jr.'s teachings were hung upside down to dry by Ibram Kendi.  King's prescription to battle hate with love has been eclipsed by the ill considered, shallow rush to weaponize race for short-term political and commercial gain.  Ibram Kendi's childish intellect is dwarfed by the gargantuan genius and loving martyrdom of Martin Luther King, Jr.  Yet now Critical Race Theory threatens to destroy decades of racial progress overnight.

Anti-Racists Often Ignore This Non-Religious Source of Racism.  Those doing battle against the religious roots of racism do often uncover vestiges of racism and this can be helpful.  However, sometimes they seem to be letting the most flagrant proponents of racism off the hook.  Could it be that they are uncomfortable recognizing that most white nationalists today are thoroughly secular and are inspired by Darwinism and science, rather than religion?

Half-Cooked Data.  While most economists are agreed that the capitalist system generates more wealth than any other, what if capitalism can never generate what is now called "equity":  equal outcomes by race and sex?  What if — no matter how thoroughly any and all discrimination, abuse, and unfairness is rooted out of the capitalist system — blacks and women will on average be less likely to strike it rich than whites and men?  What if, after all inequalities of input are finally erased, the African-American who invents the Next Big Thing is more likely to be another Pretoria-raised Elon Musk?  What if the next Steve Jobs is still likely to be a man and the next Elizabeth Holmes a woman?  Economists are not a notably sentimental lot, so some are no doubt brave enough to shrug and say, "Well, maybe that's the way the world works."

The false doctrines of the Church of Woke.  Here's an example.  Blacks as a whole are 13% of society.  The NBA players are 90% Black men, and the NFL players are 70% Black men.  The overwhelming reason there's such a high percentage of Black men employed professionally in these sports is because of their superiority in playing basketball and football.  That's it.  That's all there is to it.  But a much lower percentage of Blacks are involved in management in these sports.  Under wokism, the management disparity is automatically attributed to racism.  Woke doesn't use racism to explain the selection of the players but does explain the management disparity as racism.  In fact, for various cultural reasons, Black people as a group underperform educationally but outperform in many sports.  There are lots of reasons for these disparities in management besides racism.

Afro-Idealism in Black History Month and January 6.  The false hagiography of Malcolm X — imagining him as the afro-pessimist ideal — committed to a violent confrontation with America continues to be promoted by our intellectual culture.  ABC News is running a documentary, Xonerated:  The Murder of Malcolm X and 55 Years to Justice, designed to encourage viewers to see Malcolm X as a martyred afro-pessimist.  This vision is historically inaccurate and betrays the reality that by 1964, Malcolm X had left the Nation of Islam because he was aware of its corrupt underpinnings and violent pathologies.  In February of 1965, Malcolm X was assassinated by NOI sympathizer and supporter Thomas Hagan because of anger regarding his departure from the NOI.  Malcolm X confided to his friend James Farmer, Jr. that he left the group but was afraid of violent threats against him from the NOI.  He emphasized this again in his last public speech on Valentine's Day 1965 in Detroit.  This false hagiography played an important role in the violence at the Capitol on January 6, 2021.  An important voice and advocate for that violence was an activist named Jaden X, AKA John Sullivan.

What would the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. think of America today?  Were Martin Luther King alive in 2022 to celebrate his 93rd birthday, what would he have to say about his nation's contentious racial landscape?  America is a far different place from the country that saw King felled by an assassin's bullet in 1968 at the young age of 39.  The United States has seen an African-American serve two terms as president — something King likely thought even his children would never see.  Blacks routinely serve at the top levels of the Cabinet, on the Supreme Court, in the Senate as well as the House, as state governors.  Indeed, race is no longer any barrier not just to the ballot box, but to elective office.  Here in New York, Carl Heastie became the first black Assembly speaker in 2015; Andrea Stewart-Cousins, the first black state Senate majority leader in 2019.  And last year saw Eric Adams elected the city's second black mayor.  Such achievements surely would cheer Dr. King, for it was all a long time coming.  And it came about because the movement of which King was the public face fundamentally transformed America's sensibility.

Today's Left would cancel Dr. King.  "I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character."  This quote, from the Rev. Martin Luther King's most famous speech, is probably his best-known utterance.  It was surely his most consequential.  Until recently, it formed the nation's racial conscience, helping all Americans of goodwill aspire to a society where one's race is an incidental characteristic, not the essential end-all-be-all that determines how one's life will proceed.  That was the goal, anyway, until the pretend successors to King's civil rights movement decided to throw his entire career into the dumpster and adopt racial essentialism.  Today, with the rise of the toxic academic ideology known as critical race theory, the idea of a color-blind society, in which people are truly judged by merit and character over skin color, is no longer even a desirable goal.

[The] Truths [and] Ideals of MLK's Message Have Been Lost to Wokeism.  On Aug. 28, 1963, King delivered one of the great speeches in American history, popularly known as the "I Have a Dream" speech.  It is a speech that must be dusted off and studied anew today, because it contains the very message that our nation sorely needs to hear and digest now.  It's a message that has been tragically lost and buried and replaced with great and destructive distortions.  Two things jump out when reading through that speech:  One is how this black preacher captured in his words that day the heart and soul of America.  Second, how King's great message that day stands in total contrast to the rhetoric peddled by today's progressives as the remedy to our racial strife.  The indictment of the woke movement is that America is the problem.

Time to Re-Evaluate the Legacy of Martin Luther King.  After finding evidence that the "man of God" and "moral conscience of our nation," the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., participated in the rape of a parishioner, engaged in numerous sex orgies, received cash payments from known communists, and admitted that he was a Marxist, King biographer and Pulitzer Prize-winning author David Garrow wrote of King, "There is no question that a profoundly painful reckoning and reconsideration inescapably awaits."  Black Democrats and White liberals rail about the gains derived from the Civil Rights Movement.  I ask, "What gains?"  If murder, poverty, and mass incarceration are gains, you may have a point.  In an attempt to make him untouchable, liberals have protected King's counterfeit legacy by sealing his FBI files until 2027.  Nevertheless, his reckoning is here.  But that reckoning shouldn't occur exclusively because of King's immoral behavior. [...]

Black Preacher Goes on a Rant Against Black Men.  Someone is about to wind up on MSNBC and CNN being called everything in the book for daring to say what he thinks about his own people.  [Video clip]

Actor Denzel Washington Infuriates the Leftist Media Because he Tells the Truth About Race in America.  Hollywood has avoided discussing racial issues with several black Hollywood actors for a long time, when they slip up and ask someone like Denzel Washington their race-baiting questions they quickly get destroyed.  Listen as time and time again the legend himself, Denzel, doesn't fall for the race-baiting and instead flips it back to people being individuals, not a collective as the commies and socialists in the USA are hoping for.  [Video clip]

Pinpointing a possible contributor to barbaric black-on-white murders.  Last Wednesday, a 22-year-old black man approached a white couple and their one-year-old child who were eating dinner at a Miami Beach restaurant.  He pointed his gun at the child.  Then he filed several shots at the father, killing him.  After his arrest, the killer said he chose his victim "at random."  He said he had taken mushrooms and "felt empowered."  Last year, a 25-year-old black man shot and killed the five-year-old son of his white neighbor in Wilson, North Carolina.  Ten months earlier, a 24-year-old black man threw a 5-year-old white child off of a third-story balcony at the Mall of America in Minnesota.  Where is this hate coming from?  The Hollywood movie Django Unchained is a good place to start.  It was produced by Harvey Weinstein and directed by Quentin Tarantino.  It won two Academy Awards and grossed $425 million since its release on Christmas Day 2012.  Django Unchained is a hateful, dishonest, and deadly movie.  It is like the 1915 Hollywood movie Birth of a Nation that revived the KKK and justified the murder of blacks.  It is like the 1940 Nazi movie Jew Süss that justified rounding up and killing Jews.  All three movies use authentic historical settings and dates and period costumes.  They fool their audience into thinking their hateful lies are also true, historical facts.

I Am Not White:  Obliterating Critical Race Theory.  Critical Race Theory (CRT) is the ultimate in explicit racism:  It has race at the very center of its name, and at the core of its curriculum.  Its corrupting influence on education, government, our military, and organizational principles of all kinds, public and private, is becoming pervasive.  CRT threatens to turn our country into something so corrupt that it becomes a grotesque caricaturey of its founding principles, purposes, and standing as the greatest country in the history of humanity and the world.  There is a simple way to prevent this.

A DOD Official Exposes The Intellectual Bankruptcy Of Diversity.  It is rare that U.S. Department of Defense officials, blinded by their zealous pursuit of the latest variant of U.S. military diversity policy, reveal that policy's intellectual vacuousness.  Recent comments by the Navy's top, uniformed personnel officer, however, did just that, exposing the Pentagon diversity policy's intellectual bankruptcy and providing a focus for those who, following their commitment to the Constitution and the rule of law, genuinely believe America's sons and daughters in uniform deserve the best leadership available.

When Everything is Racist, Nothing Is.  Did the "diversity" industry not see that this would be the result of their ideology — or did they not care?  We no longer embrace the assimilation of the "melting pot."  We are embracing cultural communities within communities — segregation.  A number of colleges had separate graduation ceremonies this year.  One school system in Atlanta is even segregating classes by race again.  It's not being done by the evil right-wing haters — it's being done by the progressive left.

Critical race theory — why it's absolutely critical to know these facts.  We will never erase slavery from our past but there's no reason to live with it in our present.  We celebrated Juneteenth as a national holiday for the first time this year.  It marks the end of slavery in 1865 in Texas, the last place in the nation to free the slaves.  The year before that, in 1864, Rebecca Lee Crumpler became the first Black woman to earn a medical degree.  Five years after that first Juneteenth, two Black men, Joseph Rainey and Hiram Revels, were elected to the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate, respectively.  Certainly they all faced hurdles and discrimination, but they surmounted them.  They paved the way for the first Black president and the first Black vice president.

Can We Stop with the 'Indigenous' Bit Already?  It's amazing how many people are trying to tear down present glories in the name of a past none of them have any interest in going back to.  Bringing this to mind is the underreported story of the Canadian church burnings, acts inspired by the claim that Christian-run "residential schools" abused, brutalized and murdered Canadian Indian children.  I investigated this story recently, and it won't surprise many readers that the Enemedia have completely misrepresented it.  And while I covered it [elsew]here and will have a long magazine essay on the topic go to print this week, the shorter version is this:  Insofar as Indian children were forcibly taken to the schools, it was the result of Canadian government policy; many (in fact most, it appears) Indian parents of school pupils wanted their children to attend; and some ex-students describe their years at the institutions as their lives' best.

The Black Tail That Wags the Dog.  In today's political climate, a charge of "racist" can short circuit a career, especially that of a politician or a member of the media.  If you merely went by how much attention is paid to 12% of the population, and then factored in their presence in movies, TV and, especially, commercials, you might assume that black Americans constituted at least 50% of the 330 million inhabitants.  As it is, they enjoy the status of sacred cows, and any real or imagined slight of them is regarded as a hate crime, as close as it gets to being a capital offense in today's political climate.  A climate in which a charge of "racist" can short circuit a career, especially that of a politician or a member of the media.  What makes the situation all the more confounding is that, in 2021, blacks are deemed to hold the deed to the moral high ground, even though they are responsible for most of the street crime, whether committed by individuals, gangs or the BLM mob.

Why must everything be about race?  It is toxic for America.  "The Real Housewives of New York" has turned into a tiresome ongoing race spat, and has predictably been rewarded with record-low ratings.  The National Football League is playing the "black national anthem." That effort effectively rebrands "The Star-Spangled Banner" as a white national anthem and further divides America in what is supposed to be a unifying ceremony. [...] Respect for racial and other minorities is an important American value, but respect is not the same as bombarding every silly reality show and sporting event with incessant reminders of injustice and ill will.  Those in a position to attract millions of eyeballs are being irresponsible if they focus on subjects that inflame tensions rather than pull people together.

Zaila and the Bee.  Hard work, bravery, and confidence.  Are these not among the keys to success in life?  If they have proven successful throughout human history, why don't we make them priorities in school and elsewhere instead of the "woke" agenda?  Zaila is the left's worst nightmare.  She reached a difficult goal through commitment and tenacity.  She studied words with a coach for two years and her prize of $50,000 is likely just the beginning.  If she remains on track, she is bound to achieve other goals, which include attending Harvard, playing professional basketball, and working for NASA.  Interviewed on ABC's "Good Morning America," she said she hopes her historic win will inspire other young black people in the United States to excel at spelling.  People who are tenacious, overcome obstacles, and succeed used to be part of the American story, a story we were happy to share to encourage others.  What happened to it?  Why do we focus less on success and more on envying and penalizing the successful?

The 13 Percent National Anthem?  PBS stands for Public Broadcasting System.  We pay for it.  Our tax dollars fund it through the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Department of Education, and others, which keep its left-wing executives extremely well paid.  On July 4, which most Americans still regard as Independence Day — a day to celebrate, ever since the very first fireworks display to mark America's birth in 1777 [sic] — the Public Broadcasting System played to a small sliver of 13 percent of the country who are black.  On a day when Americans come together to celebrate our country, PBS chose to divide.  How?  America's taxpayer-funded Public Broadcasting System chose to air Vanessa Williams singing "Lift Every Voice and Sing," a song some insist is the "black national anthem."  What is this, a separate national anthem based on race?  Are we going back to a cultural form of Jim Crow, PBS?  Many Americans noticed and were not pleased.  Most black Americans believe "The Star-Spangled Banner" is America's National Anthem.

Taking the Racism Test
  [#8]     Black Lives Matter (BLM) uses violence to make White people uncomfortable.  Is this racist?
  [#9]     Is it racist to teach schoolchildren that Whites are oppressors?
  [#10]   Is it racist for schools to teach ethnic studies but exclude White ethnicities?
  [#11]   Is it racist to have laws and policies that charge/convict Whites and Asians for crimes when Blacks and Latinos go free for the same crimes?
  [#12]   Is it racist for private and public sector institutions to have programs that make White people seek redemption for the 1.25% of Americans that had slaves in 1860?
  [#13]   Is a government racist when it gives preferences to BIPOC, a group that includes everyone but White people?
  [#14]   Is it racist for private and public sector institutions to pejoratively label White people as privileged because they are White?

So America is racist, huh?  One would think, if America is to be considered a racist country, we'd want to know the definition of the word.  Who better to get that definition from than a giant of the anti-racist movement, Ibram X. Kendi, the author of How to Be an Antiracist?  Here's Mr. Kendi's definition of racism:  "I would define it as a collection of racist policies that lead to racial inequity that are substantiated by racist ideas..."  Apparently, Dr. Kendi missed that day in kindergarten where the teacher said, "You cannot use the word you're trying to define in the definition of that same word."

Juneteenth: George Floyd's Critical Race Holiday.  Slavery, while obviously not in any way unique to the United States, (it was practiced in generally far more hideous forms in the Caribbean and the Middle East, to say nothing of Africa, where it continues in many parts of that continent to this day), nonetheless represents a crime against human dignity and a stain on American history.  The end of American slavery, consequently, should be celebrated.  But we cannot wish away politics from the inherently political task of choosing a national holiday.  And therefore, it is impossible now to see Juneteenth in anything other than the political context in which it arose from obscurity (and don't buy the media disinformation — until a few years ago, it was an obscure holiday, as we'll see).  Juneteenth's emergence as an official national holiday is the result, not of a desire for unification and celebration, but of the same cynical racial division that has brought us Black Lives Matter, critical race theory, proposed shakedowns in the guise of reparations, and a host of other ills.  The promotion of Juneteenth from a largely regional and informal celebration to a sacred national holiday undermines American national and racial unity — it does not encourage it.  And that is the precise intention of those who foisted it on America.

Cornell course teaches black holes could be linked to 'racial blackness'.  Cornell University has introduced an astronomy course to explore the connection between the term black holes and "racial blackness" — proof, say critics, that even the hard sciences aren't immune to universal "racial hysteria."  The course, titled "Black Holes:  Race and the Cosmos," uses work from black studies theorists, artists and fiction writers to challenge "conventional wisdom" about the role that race plays in astronomy.  "Conventional wisdom would have it that the 'black' in black holes has nothing to do with race.  Surely there can be no connection between the cosmos and the idea of racial blackness.  Can there?" reads the college catalog description.  Students at the Ivy League school are taught that readings, music and art "implicitly and explicitly posit just such a connection," according to the description.

The Bigot Ate Their Homework.  [Scroll down]  Where do the people who run Goldsmiths University think this is going to go?  What kind of Britain do they think they are creating by forcing white students to live up to higher standards of work and diligence, while giving a pass to students of color, because of some vaporous claim of "racial trauma"?  It stands to reason that when all these graduates go into the workforce, there will be pressure to establish separate standards for people of color, and whites; that is, whites will formally have to work harder, while non-whites enjoy the privilege of having to do less, because of "racial trauma."  Where does it end?  I tell you where it ends:  in racism and violence.

Black Evangelical Pastor Pleads With Christians to Reject 'Unbiblical' Critical Justice Theories.  Voddie Baucham Jr., a well-regarded author, Christian intellectual, and pastor, might have ended up a statistic.  Raised by a single mother in South Central Los Angeles, which was then in the throes of the crack epidemic, Baucham could very well have been just another tragedy in a long line of sad stories about kids who grow up in the hood, fatherless and hopeless.  Critical race theory proponents, who have infiltrated nearly every aspect of our culture, would say that no one could blame Baucham if he'd ended up jobless, homeless, or in prison.  The movement — which sorts all humans according to their immutable characteristics and ranks them in hierarchies of oppression or victimhood — would claim that Baucham was born a victim simply by virtue of his skin color.  Instead, he became a standout Division I football player and went on to earn a pile of degrees that space does not permit me to list.

Two Resignations From Major Medical Journal After Staffers Question 'Systemic Racism'.  Two high-ranking employees have been forced to resign from a well-known American medical journal after they publicly criticized the notion of "systemic racism," according to Campus Reform.  The resignations came from Deputy Editor Edward Livingston and Editor-in-Chief Howard Bauchner, of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).  Livingston submitted his resignation to Bauchner, then his superior, in March after Livingston appeared on a podcast where he stated that "no physician is racist," a sentiment that was repeated in a tweet from the American Medical Association (AMA) promoting the podcast.  Livingston's comments were criticized by far-left activists, including a black female doctor with the AMA named Aletha Maybank, who called his comments "wrong, absolutely appalling, and at its very core... a demonstration of structural and institutional racism."  Maybank provided no evidence whatsoever to prove that Livingston was a racist, or that "structural racism" is even real.

The Totalitarian Threat of Critical Race Theory Rears Its Ugly Head.  Last week, a black Amazon delivery driver sucker-punched an elderly white woman after the victim rejected the driver's snide remark about the "white privilege" of getting annoyed while waiting for a package.  A few months back, a Yale lecturer spoke about her "fantasies of unloading a revolver into the head of any white person that got in my way."  Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot complained that too many of the journalists reporting on her are white.  A noxious leftist ideology links all of these racist incidents, and it is already wreaking tremendous havoc on American society.  This ideology justifies blatant racism in the name of promoting "equity."  It is spreading throughout American classrooms, corporate boardrooms, and legacy media outlets.  One of its architects has even called for a totalitarian bureaucracy to enforce his vision of "equity."  This new racism masquerades as "anti-racist," but it judges people according to the color of their skin, not the content of their character.

Father Biden Celebrates Mass(Acre).  The press did its part to help usher in Tulsa Massacre Day, running breathless stories with inflated casualty figures ("300 black dead!  No, 3,000!  Wait, make that 30,000!"), always being careful to avoid mentioning the white dead or the fact that the authorities pretty much had the situation under control until the armed black mob showed up (most historians agree that it was a black who fired the first shot).  And although airplanes were indeed used in the course of the riot for observation of crowds and fires, the press added — unchallenged — lurid and questionable accounts of planes dropping bombs on blacks, blitzkrieg-style (in fact, the only offensive use of a plane during the riots was when a white pilot flew over the black part of town dragging a banner depicting a massively overweight white woman, hoping it would make the blacks look up and stare long enough to be disarmed).  Of course, the good news — trumpeted by Biden during his speech — is that black Tulsa was rebuilt, and today the community is stronger than ever at almost 16% of the city.  Not mentioned by the president was that the city also has one of the worst crime rates in the U.S., hitting a three-decade high in 2020, a year in which far more Tulsa blacks died due to homicide than in 1921 due to the riot.  But don't worry; no one will call that a "massacre."

Why do black African immigrants do better than American-born blacks?  Millions of sub-Saharan blacks seek to immigrate to America.  They apparently haven't gotten the memo that this is a wretched land of systemic anti-black racism.  When they get here, they're strangers in a strange land.  English is usually not their first language.  Their skin color tends to be very black, not the lighter color of American blacks who have an average of about 25% white blood in them.  Despite those handicaps, they do better than American-born blacks.  Compared to American-born blacks, their income is about a third higher, their poverty rates are significantly lower, their educational achievement is higher, and their marriage rate is double.  Here's the most intriguing statistic.  Although black immigrants are more successful than American-born blacks, their relative success does not get passed on to their children.  Compared to the immigrant parents, their grown children work less, are impoverished more, obtain less education and are less-often married.

I Am Not Colored White.  [Scroll down]  Now I am embarking on a multidimensional project to cancel back the word "white," because today it is a term of racist abuse.  It dehumanizes by obviating the historic religio-cultural diversity and connections to ancestral homelands of people who are reduced to the color label "white."  Henceforth, on my canceling back adventure, I insist on being called Anglo-European American, in those instances when I am being boxed into a racial typology, as in this questionnaire by an insurance company: [...] Human beings should not be classified by color.  It is unnatural, ignorant, and divisive.  American Indians are not red, Asian-Americans are not yellow, African-Americans are not black, and European-Americans are not white.  The last group is the only one that corporate America is gratified to degrade in such a way.

Event Commemorating Tulsa Race Massacre Canceled After Survivors Demand $1 Million Each to Appear.  An event to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of the Tulsa race massacre was suddenly canceled after the three surviving victims demanded $1 million to appear and $50 million donated to a reparations fund.  Singer John Legend was to host the event with the keynote address given by Georgia race activist Stacey Abrams.  Other events associated with the commemoration will proceed as scheduled and Joe Biden will be in Tulsa on Tuesday.  Attorneys representing the survivors had originally agreed to a $100,000 appearance fee for each survivor and $2 million in reparations.  Then, suddenly, attorneys upped the appearance fee to $1 million and seed money for the reparations commission demand to $50 million.

America can do better for heroes than George Floyd.  Let's state the obvious — George Floyd should not be a national hero.  Despite the love of his family for him and the fawning praise of his life by third parties, George Floyd was a drug abuser, drug dealer and violent offender with a long criminal history, including a felony conviction in 2009 for assault and armed robbery of a pregnant woman for which he spent five years in prison.  He also had at least seven other convictions ranging from possession and theft of a controlled substance, firearms robbery, cocaine possession, and trespassing on private property.  By any definition, he is not a role model and should not be praised by our President or anyone commenting on his treatment by the police.  On the day of his death, George Floyd was attempting to pass a counterfeit $20 bill at a local grocery store, prompting a police response.  Later toxicology reports confirmed he had numerous controlled substances in his system. [...] George Floyd's actions on the day of his death indicate that he was not positively changing his life following his release from prison in 2014, but was continuing in his criminal ways.  That's just a fact.

Blacktivists say "people of color" is racist.  Newsweek ran a column by two blacktivists, under the headline, "Stop Saying 'People of Color' When You Mean Black." [...] The column complains that calling people of color places people of other colors on par with black people in their grievances.  No, no, no.  They do not want those Asians or Hispanics horning in on their action[.]  The whole point of BLM and all that [...] is to promote black supremacy.  The argument is white people got to be racist for a few centuries, it is black people's turn now.  People of color would mean black people would have to share the supremacy with other races.

The Price of Conforming to Critical Race Theory.  [Scroll down]  This battle began decades earlier.  The academics behind Critical Race Theory had woodshedded their ideology for years, sharpening each branch of their belief system into buzzwords or mantras that could be introduced piecemeal into our brand-driven culture.  "White Privilege" became the major flashpoint during the George Zimmerman trial.  "Systemic racism" largely defined the town of Ferguson after Michael Brown was killed.  It was not until the killing of George Floyd that Critical Race Theory, the mother ideology to all of these buzzwords, including antiracism, was mainstreamed into the American public.  What gave Critical Race Theory its vast power was that it offered Americans the moral absolution from the charge of racism in return for conforming to its tenets.  It did not matter that this offer was illusory and self-serving.

'What next, a white Rosa Parks?' Internet clashes over black model cast to play English Queen Anne Boleyn.  Black model Jodie Turner-Smith is set to play 16th-century Queen of England Anne Boleyn, who was, of course, a white woman.  The head-scratching choice tore the Internet apart, many suggesting it amounted to cultural appropriation.  Turner-Smith's turn as the medieval monarch was announced on Friday.  The project was described by entertainment outlet Deadline as being a three-part "convention-defying" psychological thriller by Channel 5, set to "shine a feminist light" on the life of Boleyn, famously sent to her death by her husband King Henry the Eighth.

'White supremacy' to blame for Black-on-Asian hate crimes, Colorado professor claims.  A critical race studies and ethnic studies professor at the University of Colorado-Boulder says Americans wondering why Black citizens commit anti-Asian hate crimes have an answer:  "White supremacy."  The educational watchdog Campus Reform spotlighted the commentary of Jennifer Ho, which preceded President Biden's newly signed legislation aimed at combatting hate crimes against Asian Americans.  "Anti-Asian racism has the same source as anti-Black racism:  White supremacy," Ms. Ho wrote for The Conversation.  "So when a Black person attacks an Asian person, the encounter is fueled perhaps by racism, but very specifically by White supremacy.  White supremacy does not require a White person to perpetuate it."

Critical Race Theory is anti-Christian.  No doubt about it.  Listen to "antiracist" guru Ibram X. Kendi, speaking about it in a woke Manhattan church:  [Video clip]  It's a three-minute clip, but well worth your time.  Kendi distinguishes between "liberation theology" ("The job of the Christian is to liberate society from the powers on earth that are oppressing humanity"), and "savior theology," which he construes as "to go out and save these individuals who are behaviorally deficient.  In other words, we are to bring them into the church, these individuals who are doing all these evil, sinful things, and heal them.  And save them.  And once we've saved them, we've done our job."

Disney reportedly scrubs woke anti-racism training after backlash.  Disney has reportedly deleted its "diversity and inclusion" anti-racism training program following a backlash about it becoming the "wokest place on Earth."  The webpage that previously carried the much-maligned internal training documents was down this week, replaced with a "pardon our Pixie dust" message, according to Christopher Rufo, who first reported on the training forcing staff to recognize their "white privilege."  "WINNING," wrote Rufo, director of the initiative on critical race theory at the Manhattan Institute, as he shared a screenshot of the seemingly off-line page.  Disney "has removed its entire antiracism program from the company's internal portal," he wrote, "effectively scrubbing it out of existence."

Coming to America:  Africans, Caribbeans Flock to 'Systemically Racist' US.  If AmeriKKKa is so bigoted, why do Africans and Caribbeans leave black-run, predominantly black nations and come to the United States of America, which the Democrat left condemns as Earth's headwaters of "systemic racism" and white supremacy?  According to the most recent Department of Homeland Security data, 548,891 African immigrants became permanent U.S. residents between 2015 and 2019.  In 2020, these were the top 10 African sources for such new green card holders — plus each nation's black population percentage, courtesy of the CIA "World Factbook."
  [#1]   Nigeria: 12,247 individuals from a 99% black country.
  [#2]   Democratic Republic of Congo:  11,752; 100%.
  [#3]   Ethiopia:  5,461; 87.4%.
  [#4]   Ghana:  4,532; 98.5%.
  [#5]   Kenya:  3,063; 91.8%.
  [#6]   Eritrea:  2,845; 95%.
  [#7]   Cameroon:  2,747; 95.5%.
  [#8]   Somalia:  2,636; 85%.
  [#9]   South Africa:  2,372; 79.2%.
  [#10]   Sudan:  2,017; 70%.
Total: 49,672 permanent residents from 10 nations that are 90.1% black, on average.  America's population is 13.4% black.  Each of these African nations yielded more permanent residents to America in 2020 than did the 944 from Sweden.

A Welcome Backlash against Critical Race Theory.  Recent weeks have brought welcome pushback against the spread of critical race theory (CRT) and related dogmas of division in our nation's schools.  Contrary to what many of CRT's advocates often claim, the theory is about more than just teaching kids to "think critically" about the role that race has played in American history.  It's the conceptual apparatus of a self-avowedly activist political movement seeking to renovate the American social order from root to branch using state power.

The Disney Corp. has taken a deep dive into race hatred.  Going back to the late 1920s, every single child raised in America has intersected in some way with products from Walt Disney:  We've watched the movies and TV shows, sung the songs, worn the clothes, and visited the theme parks.  Through it all, Disney stood for wholesome family entertainment.  That is no longer the case.  Disney is a hardcore leftists corporation that is pushing its politics on children and training its employees to be white-hating racists or self-loathing white people.  It's time to give up Disney.

A nation so racist, Africans move here.  To promote today's opening of the NFL draft, the NFL and ESPN are pushing the inspiring story of Kwity Paye's harrowing escape from Africa. [...] Today he will be drafted into the NFL and become an instant millionaire.  His worst case scenario is he is drafted tomorrow and falls to the 74th pick whose signing bonus will be only $1,003,610.  The man is talented, hardworking, and coachable.  He earned his money.  And America earned the bragging rights to him and his story because our nation provided him and his family the chance to succeed.  I don't see many black people escaping the nightly shootings and two-murders-a-day in Chicago by moving to Africa.  But the Pew Research Center reported, "A record 3.8 million black immigrants live in the United States today, more than four times the number in 1980, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data.  Black immigrants now account for 8.7% of the nation's black population, nearly triple their share in 1980."

Charlotte arts group apologizes for funding city's symphony, opera and children's theater since 1958 — calling them 'white, Western Eurocentric organizations'.  An arts advocacy group in Charlotte, North Carolina, is facing backlash after it apologized for funding 'white, Western Eurocentric organizations' including the city's symphony, ballet and children's theater.  The Arts & Science Council, which has been a main source of funding for arts and cultural groups in the Charlotte area since 1958, issued the extraordinary apology in a February report examining its funding practices.  The group receives more than $3 million a year directly from the city, along with getting funding from philanthropies.  It gave out $4.3 million in grants to 37 arts and culture organizations last year, according to the Charlotte Business Journal.  The nonprofit group has an endowment of nearly $40 million.

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Never apologize to the "woke" mob, especially when no apology has been solicited.

Is America Led Today By Anti-Americans?  [Scroll down]  What other nation has provided the same measures of personal and political freedoms and material blessings for 40 million Black people as has the United States?  If people of color are treated "as less than human" in America, as Harris says, why are so many people of color seeking desperately to get across our Southern border to build their future here?  What is the real truth about race in America that goes unmentioned in the mainstream media's endless hunt for encounters between Black men and white cops?  The main perpetrators of violent crimes against Black Americans — are other Black Americans.  Black men, ages 16 to 40, are 3% of the U.S. population but commit roughly a third of America's violent crimes.  Defund police, restrict police, remove police and you will get more of what the police prevent — crimes, especially violent crimes, in your community.

When Black Lives Matter and Matter and Matter....  I believe that black lives matter — but when it comes to Black Lives Matter, a little proportion goes a long way in society. [...] The man who puts himself or his race above the rules isn't a victim.  He's an oppressor.  He robs a woman, or drives trashed, or beats up children, and then tells cops to shove it — and when the cops shove him, we find out how special he really is.  Privileged, even.  Way beyond the rest of us.  An Arab man was killed by two black girls, and they got off the hook, and nobody knows his name.  But we know Jacob Blake's and George Floyd's names — even though they had a history of hurting women. [...] White people especially know that one criminal isn't worth burning a whole city — especially not your city.  Not when it's filled with your people's businesses, filled with your kids' schools, filled with your neighbors' churches.  Do black lives matter too much?  Will there ever be a point when the black criminals feel safer than the cops?  Should there ever be a point?  And if we do reach this criminal's utopia, what happens to the rest of us?

Can the Great 'Awokening' Succeed?  We all know that we are living in revolutionary times.  The origins, ascendence, values, laws, and future of the United States are all under assault by self-described, though accurately described, revolutionaries.  It is a Jacobin, Bolshevik, or Maoist moment.  All aspects of life, well beyond politics, are now to be ideologically conditioned.  Everything from kindergarten messaging, cartoons, workplace reeducation, and television commercials to college admissions, baseball games, and the airlines are to be "fundamentally transformed" along racial lines.  Long gone is Martin Luther King, Jr.'s dream of a colorblind society.  Gone, at least at the state level, is confidence in the melting pot of assimilation, integration, and intermarriage (although mixed marriages and multiracial children are at an all-time high).  Gone are even the affirmative-action doctrines of proportional representation and disparate impact.  (Yet the two mandates were always arbitrarily applied, in the sense that the U.S. Postal Service and the professional football and basketball leagues never paid much attention to racial quotas based on demographic percentages, which apparently only applied to white and Asian "overrepresentation" elsewhere).

The racism racket:  Diversity training in the workplace and beyond is worse than useless.  A review commissioned by the Government Equalities Office to analyse the effectiveness of unconscious-bias training found that 'there is currently no evidence that this training changes behaviour in the long term or improves workplace equality in terms of representation of women, ethnic minorities or other minority groups'.  The Harvard Business Review likewise notes that 'even when the training is beneficial, the effects may not last after the programme ends'.  Worse still, mounting evidence points to workplace diversity training actually having unintended negative consequences.  Yet increasing numbers of employers insist their staff undertake anti-racism training.  A survey conducted for the Guardian suggests that over 80 percent of all UK-based companies run training sessions specifically on unconscious bias.  Virtually all Fortune 500 companies offer some form of diversity training.  The diversity industry has become a global phenomenon, extending its reach to many millions of citizens, with online courses targeting many more.  In many schools, universities and workplaces, attendance at anti-racism workshops is mandatory — or effectively mandatory when non-attendance makes your position untenable.

Can We Finally Stop Pretending that George Floyd's Death Had Anything to Do with Racism?  In June of 2020, 60 percent of surveyed adults deemed George Floyd's death to be murder at the hands of police officer Derek Chauvin.  As of last month, a little more than a third of Americans believe that.  That's a stunning near-reversal of public opinion.  How did that happen?  The answer to the practical question as to what role the accused Derek Chauvin had in Floyd's death will ultimately be determined by the courts in his ongoing trial, as it should be.  Unfortunately, that question is of far less societal importance than the larger question looming around George Floyd's death.  It is a question that is rarely ever asked, and for which there is no such codified structure for honest investigation and judgment outside of today's kangaroo court of public opinion overseen by politicians, celebrities, and the media.  That question is:  What role, if any, did racism play in George Floyd's death?

Let's discuss America:  Racism vs Bigotry.  I grew up in the Bronx, in a poor family.  Our neighbors were also poor.  They included African-Americans, Irish-Americans, Italian-Americans, Asian-Americans, Hispanic-Americans, all the usual hyphenates.  There were Jews, Catholics, Christians, a blend of all types among us, but as children we were still too young and ignorant to know we were supposed to hate each other.  What we did realize, however, was the obvious fact that we were from different races and religions.  Some of us were white, others black, some brown and so forth.  Did that make us racists?  I certainly did not think so, and I still do not.  Even among the so-called whites there were many differences.  Some were fair-skinned and blue-eyed, some were blond, some had darker complexions and darker eyes.  Was it wrong to notice that?  None of us thought so.

The Resegregation of America.  It's becoming increasingly difficult to ignore a growing, insidious ethos overtaking America's most powerful institutions.  Individual merit and reasoned debate are out.  "Lived experience" and the hierarchy of group grievance are now what matter most.  Even truth is considered meaningless.  Narratives are everything.  The concept of fundamental human equality, derived from ideas at the heart of America's founding and famously rearticulated by civil rights champion Martin Luther King Jr. in his "I Have a Dream" speech, is now being replaced by the enforced "equity" of the woke.  The end result, ironically, is the resegregation of America.  This new woke ideology, building on critical race theory, not only rejects the concept that people should be judged not by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character, it increasingly also embraces actual governmental race-based discrimination.

Asian American Judge Challenges Racism Inherent in 'Equity'.  With all that's been in the news lately about terrible anti-Asian attacks, with many pundits engaging, isn't it odd that the stirring congressional testimony of an Asian American federal judge on a hot-button topic wouldn't receive widespread national media attention?  His name is James C. Ho.  He was born in Taipei, came to America as a toddler and graduated with honors from Stanford University and with high honors from the University of Chicago Law School.  He is on the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, based in Louisiana.  Ho recently testified in a House Judiciary Committee hearing called by U.S. Rep. Ted Lieu, a California Democrat, on the lack of racial diversity on the federal bench. [...] Judge Ho still experiences racist hate.  He says racism isn't over.  Yet he understands the dangers of categorizing, dividing, rewarding or punishing Americans by the use of immutable characteristics like skin pigment.  This is the definition of racism.  This is what racists do.  He argues that equality of opportunity, not of outcomes, is fundamental to who we are as Americans.

Can You Tell Me How To Guilt To Sesame Street?  The ever-popular children's show Sesame Street has added two new muppets, 5-year-old Wes and his father Elijah, to help teach the "ABC's of Racial Literacy" and racism in general.  The move represents a growing trend in children's programming to teach that the color of someone's skin is really, really, really important.  Which, sadly, is becoming truer every day.

The Chinese TV commercial that the NBA doesn't want its players to see.  I would wager that the NBA's management does not want its players to see the following Chinese television commercial in which a Chinese woman shoves a Black man into a washing machine after feeding him a laundry detergent tablet, where the advertised product magically (and violently) washes the blackness out of the man — to the delight of the woman.  He comes out Chinese (not White), of course.  [Video clip]

Grocery Shopping In The New America.  Giant Food supermarkets have begun labeling products on their shelves as "Black-owned," "Hispanic-owned," "LGBT-owned" and so on.

Giant Food to highlight minority-owned suppliers on shelves.  Giant Food is rolling out updated shelf labels that enable shoppers to identify products from minority-owned businesses.  Plans call for all Giant supermarkets to post the new shelf labels starting in January, the Landover, Md.-based regional grocer said yesterday.  The labels will inform customers about items from companies that are women-, Black-, Asian-Indian-, Hispanic-, LGBT-, Asian-Pacific- or veteran-owned.  More than 3,100 food and nonfood products will feature the updated shelf labels across Giant's 164 stores in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware and the District of Columbia.  The retailer said the items come from 281 minority-owned businesses in its network of vendor partners.

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What are the demographic details of the people who own the Giant Food chain itself?

Hollywood Liberals Really Hate Everything.  I just put myself through something I don't recommend to anyone:  I watched the Golden Globes. [...] Right from the start it was clear this was going to be awful.  Tina Fey and Amy Poehler hosted together, because neither seems capable of doing anything on their own. [...] In their opening monologue, Fey and Poehler "ripped" the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) for its "lack of diversity."  Apparently, there are no black members of the 90ish HFPA.  No one cares, and no one would have known had it not been a recurring theme throughout the 3-hour Zoom call from hell.  It got more mentions than publicists were thanked.  Even the suits from the HFPA, who are always dragged out on stage to give the "this is who we are" spiel, self-flagellated about their "lack of diversity, even though they are all ethnic minorities themselves.  Why doesn't the HFPA have any black members?  Who knows and who cares?  I watched three members of it on TV a couple of hours ago and I already couldn't tell you anything about them, and it doesn't matter.  Maybe no black foreign press writers covering entertainment wanted to join?  Maybe all the members of the HFPA are horrible racists.  Whatever it is, if it's something they want to change, they can just change it.  The audience doesn't need to be a part of the HFPA's administrative work.

'Systemic racism' is a conspiracy theory.  The narrative behind movements like Black Lives Matter contends that hundreds — if not thousands — of black Americans are murdered by the state on an annual basis, that harassment and abuse of blacks by whites is constant, and that virtually all gaps in performance between racial groups must reflect hidden racism.  These claims are almost universally false.  But they have been accepted as conventional wisdom.  The pervasiveness of these ideas — despite the fact they are presented as 'radical' and 'rebellious' — is truly striking.  The infamous (and entirely false) claim that an unarmed black male is 'murdered' by US police roughly once a day has been repeated by numerous BLM activists.

Demography and Destiny.  More than half of all Africans who have come to the U.S. have come voluntarily, as immigrants, not as slaves.  And that majority grows every day.  Such Africans come here for the same reasons as everyone else, in search of opportunity.  Why should their legislative agenda prioritize an endless rehashing of the Democratic Party's sins of slavery and Jim Crow?  For quite a few years, liberals have confidently believed that demography is on their side; even that it makes their ultimate victory inevitable.  But as [Charles] Blow correctly observes, demographic tides may be moving in a very different direction.

Equity:  The New Equality.  "Equity" has become the dog-whistle term used to alert the Woke that you intend to deliver to them the equality of outcome they desire rather than the equality of opportunity they deserve.  Politicians who laud "equity" are, in effect, inevitably promising racial quotas at the expense of the careers of competent white men and their families. [...] For some years now, the buzzword "equity" has been oozing out of the lowbrow fever swamps of the Schools of Education, where it had emerged as the politically correct replacement for the time-honored but therefore now-problematic term "equality."  To the Woke, the only acceptable meaning for "equality" is that they should be handed wealth equal to what you and yours have earned.  But many Americans believe in equality of opportunity rather than in equality of outcome.  This makes arguing about equality a more or less fair fight, which is not what the Woke want.  They hate it when you tell them you favor equality of opportunity rather than of outcome.

Ever Had a Hard Time Understanding Someone's Accent?  A Professor Says You're Guilty of 'Linguistic Racism'.  Have you ever had difficulty understanding someone's accent?  That is, have you ever been racist?  According to a Michigan State University linguistics and education professor, the two are one and the same.  So stop being beastly, and start understanding everyone.  Per Professor Peter De Costa, when/if you don't know what someone's saying due to their consonants and vowels, you're guilty of "linguistic racism."

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Really?  I challenge you to transcribe the incomprehensible dialect in this video.

Antiracism Icon Robin DiAngelo Paid More Than Black Woman for Same Job.  The prominent diversity consultant Robin DiAngelo raked in $12,750 for a speaking gig last month at the University of Wisconsin — 70 percent more than the other keynote speaker, black female author Austin Channing Brown.  The University of Wisconsin-Madison's Division of Diversity, Equity, and Educational Achievement paid Channing Brown just $7,500 for her keynote address at its annual Diversity Forum, receipts obtained by the Washington Free Beacon show.  The payments were negotiated with the Harry Walker Agency, a New York-based speakers bureau that represents both women.

Discrimination Doesn't Explain Problems Facing Black Community.  In San Francisco, 70% of white students are proficient in math; for black students, it is 12% — [a] gap of 58%.  In Washington, D.C., 83% of white students scored proficient in reading, as did only 23% of black students — a gap of 60%.  In Philadelphia, 47% of black students scored below basic in math and 42% scored below basic in reading.  In Baltimore, 59% of black students scored below basic in math and 49% in reading.  In Detroit, 73% of black students scored below basic in math and 56% in reading.  "Below basic" is the score a student receives when he is unable to demonstrate even partial mastery of knowledge and grade level skills.  How much can racism explain this?  To do well in school, someone must make a kid do his homework, get a good night's rest, have breakfast, and mind the teacher.  If these basic family functions are not performed, it makes little difference how much money is put into education, the result will be disappointing.

Why Your Organization Should Not Do Diversity Training.  If employers, college presidents, government administrators, military commanders, and other institutional and organizational officials want to conduct diversity training, including diversity training rooted in Critical Race Theory and other aspects of Critical Social Justice Theory, that's their business.  We live in a free country (for now), and as such, they should be free to choose the kind of training that they want to subject their employees and members to — at least so long as they're not doing so on a publicly accountable dime or engaging in illegal acts like discrimination (best of luck implementing Critical Race Theory or Critical Social Justice without discriminating, but anyway).  My stance on Critical Social Justice and its specific Theories has always been the same:  like any ideology or system of faith, people are welcome to implement it if they want, within the usual limits, but they should know what they're getting into if they choose to do so.  I don't think these Theories or the "diversity" training that's based upon them represent themselves honestly, so here's a brief warning to those who wish to implement it, to let them know what they're getting into and can step off into the abyss with their eyes open, rather than going in blind.

A Grim — and Ignored — Body Count.  The latest anti-cop riots to convulse an American city hit Philadelphia last week, part of a stream of such violence since the early summer.  This bout of looting and assault broke out after the fatal police shooting of Walter Wallace, Jr., on October 26.  The shooting of the 27-year-old Wallace appears justified, if tragic.  Wallace had been threatening his mother with a knife, resulting in two previous 911 calls that day.  When the police arrived, he ignored repeated requests to drop the knife as he approached the officers.  The officers had not been equipped with Tasers; in that situation, they had no other option, as Wallace's father himself has acknowledged, than to use their guns.

Supporting Systemic Victimhood Is Not Caring.  America is not defined by systemic racism; the racism of the past is largely a memory thanks to the hard work of many caring Americans.  Certainly, improvement is possible, but the answer is never "special programs" for any minority, reparations, or expanded government entitlements that trap citizens of all races in government dependence.  You don't end racism by making special benefits to one race at the expense of others.  You want rights and opportunity for all, but, for citizens of every race, the rewards of freedom must be earned.  Certainly, some will have more challenges than others, but the best response bias is to succeed anyway.  Millions do to their credit!

"As Usual, A Knife-Wielding Maniac Has Shown Us The Way."  27-year-old Walter Wallace was an aspiring rapper, West Philadelphia born and raised. [...] Last week, Wallace was chillin' out with a butcher knife, chasing his family and friends like a hip-hop Ginsu salesman.  When his moms called the cops, the "Fresh Mince" went after them with the knife, charging the responding officers even as they pleaded with him to drop the weapon.  Within seconds, the failed rapper became a successful bullet receptacle, and blacks throughout the nation declared a day (or three or four) of looting in honor of dear departed Black the Knife.  Wallace's family noted that this fine stabby father of nine had just gotten married last month (like they always say, a true gentleman will choose to settle down following his ninth out-of-wedlock welfare baby).

The 'Black Problem' in Television.  Larry Elder produced a fantastic documentary titled Uncle Tom that simply asks why blacks are expected to think and vote monolithically on issues critical to the black community.  It has been roundly ignored by the media since its release.  Sure, it can be viewed as a rental on places like YouTube or directly from Salem Radio's website, but in terms of equity of distribution, there is a sizable market loss when not accessed through a paid subscription service.  Likewise, it has become known that Shelby Steele, the independent black thinker, had a project titled What Killed Michael Brown? that was rejected by Amazon streaming services.  As the title suggests, this film explores the history and facts of the infamous Ferguson incident that ushered in a reinvigorated narrative of police-on-black brutality and murder.  For simply asking a question that runs counter to a prevailing (and acceptable) viewpoint, his material is effectively censored.

Research Shows Critical Race Theory Is Actually Making People More Racist.  President Donald Trump announced on Sept. 5 an end to critical race theory training in federal agencies.  As explained by Russ Vought, the director of the Office of Management and Budget, the policy change targets "training or propaganda" pertaining to "white privilege" and efforts to advance the claim that "the United States is an inherently racist or evil country or ... that any race or ethnicity is inherently racist or evil."  On Sept. 22, the president extended this ban to companies doing business with the federal government.  He was right on both counts.  Critical race theory and similar academic left perspectives over the last decade stormed the political mainstream through a surge in news and popular media attention.  As a result, today politicians, celebrities, and corporations employ "critical," or woke, rhetoric.  Even comic books push critical themes despite hostile reactions from their readers.

Breonna Taylor:  Anatomy of A Racial Hoax.  [Scroll down]  Along with other sources available, the CNN account to which Oprah provided a link, tells a more complicated story.  The raid on Taylor's apartment was one of five taking place that night, all of them included as suspected distribution centers for a crack cocaine dealer named Jamarcus Glover.  Glover had been Taylor's boyfriend two years previously, and she had kept in touch with him.  According to The New York Times, after they first became a couple in 2016, Taylor agreed to rent a car for Glover and ended up interviewed in a murder investigation.  A man was found shot to death behind the steering wheel of that car, and drugs were also found.  Yet Taylor kept up her close relationship with the drug dealer and continued to provide valued services to his drug operation.  Drawing on the Times investigation, former prosecutor Andrew McCarthy summarized the continuing relationship:  "In the years that followed, Glover was repeatedly arrested on drug charges, and Taylor arranged bail for him and one of his confederates on at least two occasions.  Weeks before the fateful March 2020 raid, when Glover was in custody after yet another arrest, they were recorded exchanging intimacies on the phone.  After that, police surveillance established that Glover continued to make regular trips to Taylor's apartment, and Taylor herself was seen outside a house that investigators say was part of the drug trafficking operations."

More evidence that Breonna Taylor was living on the dark side.  When Breonna Taylor died in a hail of police bullets, she joined the pantheon of Black Lives Matter martyrs, men such as George Floyd, Michael Brown, Jacob Blake, and Trayvon Martin.  Initially, she seemed anomalous because she was not engaged in criminal activity or resisting arrest when she died.  New evidence, though, shows that, in addition to her relationship with a drug dealing ex-boyfriend (which is what caught the police's attention), the boyfriend who shot the police was also a drug dealer.  Taylor hung out with the wrong people.  BLM needed Taylor.  While mobs were making shrines to George Floyd and congresspeople performed kneeling theater, other people observed that Floyd was a criminal who threatened a pregnant woman with a gun and had rotated in and out of prison.  On the day of his death, he'd passed counterfeit money, guzzled illegal drugs, and resisted arrest.  We also know now that the officers' understanding of the situation and their decision to restrain Floyd was consistent with their training.

The Art of Propaganda.  BLM was ostensibly organized in response to Ferguson.  The rallying cry of that fatal incident, "Hands up don't shoot," was a lie.  Mr. Brown wasn't murdered; he was killed, shot while charging at a police officer after attacking a store clerk.  The narrative, however, one that has been harped on over and over — and has galvanized tens of millions — is a wave of murders of unarmed Black men by police.  That narrative is also a lie.  This past year, in a country of over 330,000,000, a total of ten unarmed black men were killed by police.  Eight of these killings were fully justified, there is maybe uncertainty on two.

Black professor insists 'Proud Boys aren't white supremacists' as Trump takes flak.  It turns out not everybody believes the Proud Boys are white supremacists, including a prominent Black professor at a historically Black university.  Wilfred Reilly, associate professor of political science at Kentucky State University, said Wednesday that "the Proud Boys aren't white supremacists," describing the right-wing group's beliefs as "Western chauvinist" and noting that their international chairman, Enrique Tarrio, is Black.

Sports Journalists Loses Job After Calling Tim Scott 'Uncle Tom'.  A News 12 Connecticut anchor was fired Wednesday [9/30/2020] after posting a "racially insensitive" tweet.  Fred Gerteiny, a sports reporter, called Republican South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott an "Uncle Tom" in a now deleted tweet.  "Thanks Uncle Tom," Gerteiny tweeted, in response to a story where Scott said Trump "misspoke" during the first presidential debate when he wouldn't explicitly condemn white supremacists.  Scott urged the president to correct himself.

George Floyd: the rest of the story.  When the full police body cam footage was released, the narrative changed significantly and in a fair trial, once the autopsy evidence is released, it will be very hard to convict the policeman of anything other than excessive force.  Medical personnel familiar with the effects of drug overdoses insist that Floyd was exhibiting a typical panic response to one dying of a drug overdose.  Although official autopsies deem his death a homicide by "cardiopulmonary arrest complicating law enforcement subdual, restraint, and neck compression" the actual toxicology report found fatal doses of:  ["]1. Fentanyl 11 ng/mL; 2. Norfentanyl 5.6 ng/mL; 3.  4-ANPP 0.65 ng/mL; 4. Methamphetamine 19 ng/mL; 5. 11-Hydroxy Delta-9 THC 1.2 ng/mL; Delta-9 Carboxy THC 42 ng/mL; Delta-9 THC 2.9 ng/mL.  Oh and he also tested positive for covid 19.["]  In addition, the county medical autopsy review stated it, "revealed no physical findings that support a diagnosis of traumatic asphyxia or strangulation."

Is Nancy Pelosi deliberately trying to stir up riots across America?  We know now that the media and the authorities in Louisville lied about everything.  This is the story they told:  Breonna Taylor was a completely innocent, law-abiding ER technician.  For no reason whatsoever, three policemen did a no-knock raid on her apartment.  When they broke down the door, her valiant boyfriend tried to defend her by firing at these intruders.  The police responded with a volley of bullets that killed the innocent Taylor as she lay in her bed.  The real story, which relies on independent civilian witness evidence, a long-running investigation into a narcotics ring, police body cameras, and forensic evidence, is different.  Taylor's ex-boyfriend, who had a lengthy criminal record, was being investigated for running a drug and illegal weapons ring.  Not only did Taylor frequently talk to him, but there was also reason to believe that he used her apartment to store the drugs and money.

Celebrity Privilege.  If America suffered from systemic racism, we would never have had a black Secretary of State or Supreme Court justice.  Barack Obama would not have served two terms as President of the United States.  If white privilege existed, the NBA would be dominated by short white people.  Yet by his own admission, retired superstar Shaquille O'Neal earned seven hundred million dollars from playing professional basketball and Papa John's Pizza. [...] Jay-Z reportedly has a net worth of one billion dollars, and so does Oprah.  Obviously, wealth is color-blind.  No, America does not suffer from systemic racism, but we do seem to be prejudiced against poverty, laziness, stupidity, and mediocre talent.  Celebrity privilege comes from being rich and/or famous.  We are a nation where politicians, sports figures, entertainers, and everyone else under the sun has the opportunity to find their own little niche and create wealth.  Quite frankly, talent isn't necessarily required.

The truth finally emerges about Breonna Taylor's death.  The case begins with Breonna's ex-boyfriend, Jamarcus Glover.  The Louisville Courier-Journal delved deeply into that relationship, while the following is a summary.  Glover is an accused drug-trafficker who is believed to be part of a large drug- and weapons-trafficking ring in Louisville.  According to an affidavit, Glover went to Taylor's apartment in January, left the apartment holding a package, and went straight to a "known drug house."  That wasn't Glover's only trip to Breonna's apartment.  Police had placed a tracking device on Glover's car, which showed he made frequent trips to her apartment, leading police to believe that her apartment was a holding place for drugs and money.  Glover was also heard telling someone that Taylor handled his money, although there is no evidence that this statement was true.  Taylor also seemed familiar with Glover's world of drugs.  When he was arrested in January, he called to ask her to locate an associate who could post bail.  She answered that the associate was "already at the trap," slang for a drug-trafficking house.

Blacks seem to have an alarmingly low opinion of each other.
Black voters disgusted by Get Your Booty to the Polls campaign.  An out of work Los Angeles director decided to make a PSA urging blacks to vote in the presidential election.  Unfortunately her Get Your Booty To the Poll campaign, featuring scantily clad women gyrating around a dance pole, seems to have backfired.  Angeles Davis, who also lives part-time in Atlanta, explained on Twitter that she enlisted "the finest pole dancers to encourage Black voters, specifically Black male southern voters to vote."

MSNBC guest says black Kentucky AG doesn't represent black people.  An MSNBC guest said Wednesday [9/23/2020] that Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron doesn't represent black people after Cameron announced his office's findings in the Breonna Taylor investigation.  Cheryl Dorsey, who is a retired Los Angeles Police Department sergeant, said Cameron, who is black, should be "ashamed of himself," on "MSNBC Live With Ayman Mohyeldin" Wednesday.

Language and Thought.  Some of the greatest language mischief is related to terms such as racial "disparities," "gaps" and "disproportionality."  These terms are taken as signs of injustice that must be corrected.  The median income of women is less than that of men.  Black and Hispanic students are suspended and expelled at higher rates than white students.  There are other race disparities and gaps all over the place.  For example, blacks are 13% of the population but 80% of professional basketball players and 66% of professional football players, and on top of that, they're some of the most highly paid players.  To be consistent with leftist ideology, those numbers seem to suggest that there is some kind of injustice toward Asian, white and Hispanic basketball and football players.  But before we run off thinking that everything is hunky-dory for black players in football, how many times have you seen a black player kick an extra point in professional football?

Who Killed George Floyd?  If they get a fair trial, a questionable proposition at best, Minneapolis police officers charged with murdering George Floyd should be acquitted.  Let's consider new, undisputed evidence, beyond the initial bystander's video that we've all seen, to understand why. [...] At 8:19:06, he again says, "I can't breathe," for the seventh time.  Of course he can't breathe.  A fentanyl overdose stops a man from breathing.  George fought the officers non-stop for over ten minutes before officers finally removed him from the car and put him down on the ground, beside the squad car, as George himself demanded. [...] Chauvin's knee is a red herring.  The issue here is fentanyl.

The 'Prissy Prostitutes Of The Press' Are Promoting Racism, Rebellion And Revolution.  [Scroll down]  Some actually suggest that police officers leave home each day looking for a young Black they can kill!  That is a good example of minds not being used.  Yet, Conservatives are blamed for the racial tensions!  Gutless public officials must take some of the blame but the lack of truth from the media is the main reason for the racists' and conspirators' incredible success.  The irresponsible media dwell on spurious numbers to convince the moron voters that there is a war on Blacks; however, the most recent available FBI crime numbers reveal that "black male teenagers were nine times more likely to commit murder than were their white counterparts.  That's right, nine times, and the gap in these urban areas is undoubtedly even larger."  Now, if Black teens are nine times more likely to commit murder then it is reasonable that there would be nine times more Blacks teens in prison.  Therefore, the reason for black teen incarceration, immorality, abortion, drugs, rebellion, and deaths, etc., is not with the police but with parents.

FNC's Carlson: 'Critical Race Theory Is a Lie, from the First Word to the Last, from Start to Finish — It Is Vicious, It Is Cruel'.  During the opening monologue of his Tuesday broadcast, Fox News Channel's Tucker Carlson, host of "Tucker Carlson Tonight," slammed so-called critical race theory, noting that President Donald Trump has issued an executive order halting the instruction of it.  Carlson argued critical race theory was intended to serve "incompetent elites" and posed risks when implemented in government agencies.  [Transcript]

Why I'm Voting for Trump, Even Though I Don't Want To.  I want to vote to make black lives matter.  Defunding the police would take the lives of thousands more black folks every year — mostly killed by black thugs.  More black folks have been killed this year by BLM riots than by rogue cops.  Blacks are 13% of the population, but 47% of the murder victims and 52% of the killers.  The leading cause of death in young black males is murder by other young black males.  Blacks are 40% of Planned Parenthood abortions.  Let's defund Planned Parenthood to stop black genocide.  I want to vote to make black lives better.  Black employment is at historic highs, much higher than under the Obama-Biden administration.  Black folks should be able to choose high-quality schools for their kids just as the rich Democrats do.  I want to vote for school choice and charter schools.  And I want to stop the riots, which are destroying both black and white jobs.

The Black Lives Matter Movement and America's Founding Principles.  [Scroll down]  But the claim that "systemic" racism permeates law enforcement agencies strikes me as false.  What correlates most to police shootings and arrests is the crime rate, not race.  There are an estimated 375 million annual U.S. police interactions with citizens — in 2019, 999 ended in shooting fatalities by police (0.0003%), and 14 were unarmed blacks (0.000004%).  Only one of those shootings was not attempting to resist or evade arrest (0.0000003%).  (Source:  Washington Post.)  The Black Lives Matter movement chooses to ignore these facts and prefers to call attention to questionable police tactics and to ascribe racial motivations to much of law enforcement.  Tactical units from my sheriff's department have recently been called out only to discover that there were cameras set up on scene just to "catch" officers doing something inappropriate.

Blacks Should Choose Their Heroes More Carefully.  In recent years, non-thinking Blacks have made heroes out of thugs like George Floyd, Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, and others who were killed while resisting arrest. [...] Many well-known Blacks and Whites are held up as people to be emulated even though they lived very wicked lives and destroyed themselves by making the wrong decisions as to drugs, education, religion, and associates.  Frankly, there is no excuse for that since there are so many Blacks who made an impressive contribution that would be ideal heroes.  Many Blacks have set records and had major accomplishments in athletics yet were tarnished persons whose lives no one should emulate.

Aborted and Murdered Black Lives Matter, Too.  In the past five years, ever since the Washington Post began recording every fatal police encounter (to date, they have not established any digital repository for the deaths of police officers), there has been increasingly more data to debunk the BLM narrative of police brutality and white systemic racism.  Both Heather McDonald and a tidy infographic from Statista corroborate that approximately 1,000 individuals are shot and killed by police each year. [...] Of the 1,000, it has been the trend that about one-quarter of all police shooting deaths occur with a black victim.  The fact that blacks make up half of all violent crime offenders and only one-quarter of all police deaths should be encouraging, given that violent criminals would likely engage police more violently, but to the people living in another reality, this is proof of racism since blacks are only one-eighth of the U.S. population.

Where's "The Talk" When We Need It?  For many years now, we've gotten mountains of press about "The Talk," the rite of passage lecture that black parents feel obliged to give their sons so that they won't end up getting shot by the police. [...] Having seen video footage of the arrests of George Floyd (fighting with cops), Rayshard Brooks (fighting with cops) and Jacob Blake (fighting with cops), it looks like at least some black men in America could use a refresher course on "The Talk."

Paul Sperry: There's a formula to all these cases.
  Trayvon Martin
  Michael Brown
  Freddie Gray
  Ahmaud Arbery
  George Floyd
  Rayshard Brooks
  Jacob Blake
[The formula:]  1) false witnesses 2) false narrative 3) Ben Crump 4) angelic photos 5) MSM suppression of resisting, violent past 6) organized rioting.

The Abysmal Record of Benjamin Crump.  Trial lawyer and ambulance-chaser Benjamin Crump needs to go away.  Formerly the president of the Florida Bar — which reflects poorly on the Florida Bar — Crump has risen to fame defending black victims of our racist society. [...] That brings us to the present date.  The George Floyd incident has led to months of unnecessary riots, looting, and death, all in the name of a problem that doesn't actually exist.  Crump is supporting the survivors in their quest for black social justice, which is not actual justice, and the case is eroding before his eyes.  The lawyer's own despicable actions of concealing officer body camera footage from public view could have supported a community dialogue around use of force, but instead we were left with a one-sided still image of a white officer kneeling on a black man.  Based on the available evidence, including transcripts, autopsies, and the withheld body cams, as well as the steep demands of a second-degree murder charge, this officer could and should walk.

Demanding Justice but Showing No Mercy — The Obvious Hypocrisy of the Protests.  Since the days of the Obama administration to the present the democrats have planted, endorsed, and empowered the racist America narrative.  At present, it has finally taken on a life of its own — a life that is producing an awful lot of death.  More than a dozen deaths resulted from the George Floyd protests and many more since.  They include police, protestors and innocent bystander and children.  But black on black deaths and black abortions have far out paced any deaths due to protests.  In fact, almost 900 black children are aborted each and every day in the United States.  Hypocrisy is most certainly the best word to describe the BLM protests in the light of this fact.

Vernon Jones, Georgia Democrat who backed Trump, escorted through angry crowd outside White House.  An angry crowd surrounded and yelled at Georgia state Rep. Vernon Jones Thursday night [8/27/2020] as the Democrat was leaving President Trump's Republican National Convention (RNC) event at the White House, as happened with several other people in the area, including Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky.  Jones' vocal support for Trump has vaulted him into the national spotlight, landing him a speaker spot at the RNC on Monday night [8/24/2020].  There, Jones had accused fellow Democrats of not wanting "Black people to leave their mental plantation" and of "pandering" to the Black community. [...] One video showed protesters specifically calling Jones a "disgrace" and the ugly racial slur "house n-----." [...] "What it showed to me is that Black lives don't matter because I am a Black person, I am a black life, so the hypocrisy that Black Lives Matter showed me right there, and verified and validated what I'd already been saying, is that Black lives don't matter," to the people claiming the Black Lives Matter mantle," Jones told Fox News.

The Social Construction of Black Self-Destruction.  Egged on by Joe Biden and Wisconsin governor Tony Evers, a mob of Black Lives Matter rioters has been burning down Kenosha, Wis.  They are angry over the latest police shooting of yet another black criminal who assumed he is racially entitled to resist arrest. [...] One of the matters the cops may have wished to speak to Blake about was his open warrant for felony sexual assault.  But in 2020, if he's not interested, a Black man doesn't have to discuss his warrant with nobody.  So, Blake fell to brawling with the police.  Eventually he was tased, but without apparent effect.  When he got up, a policeman pointed his gun at the 29-year-old security guard to encourage him to desist.  But instead of complying, he strode around to the driver's side of his vehicle, as the police shouted to him to "Drop the knife!"  He opened the door and reached in, at which point the cop grabbing his shirt shot him seven times.  (Remarkably, he isn't dead, so far.)

The Worst Part About Fake 'Anti-Racism' Is That It Forces Us To Live Lies.  The worst thing about socialism is not empty grocery stores or even the Gulags.  The worst thing is harder to represent visually or to pinpoint, but it's inescapable, and its damage extends for generations.  The worst thing about socialism is what being forced to live a lie does to one's psyche.  Save for the few true believers whose numbers dwindle as time passes, virtually everyone experiences this mental toll.  By "living a lie," I don't mean minor shows of pleasantry or even bowing to social pressures.  I mean having one's entire existence premised on something widely, by an unspoken agreement, believed to be untrue.  As Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn said, "In our country, the lie has become not just a moral category but the pillar of the State."  Solzhenitsyn recognized that the violence of the state depends upon the cowardly culture of lies, on ordinary people trying to stake out space to live while complying with the dictates of the regime.

Will black men vote for a black woman?  A black writer recently asserted in a headline that 99% of black men are misogynistic.  I think the true figure is less than 99%.  But the writer has a point, even if he exaggerated to make it.  Black male rap lyrics, for example, are notoriously demeaning to women.  Curiously, blacks don't demand a stop to them.  Black men's disrespect towards women seems directed mostly toward black women and less toward white women.  It's generally known and the data show that black men are the demographic most likely to date and marry outside their race.  About 25% of black men marry outside their race, compared to only 7% of white men and 16% of Asian men.  That 25% figure of black men marrying outside their race is more than double the 12% of black women who do so.  (This raises a tangential question that must be depressing for black women: [...] Is this scarcity of husbands for black women part of the reason that 77% of black babies are born to unwed mothers?)  I raise these points not to provoke a sensitive race discussion, but a political one.  Can Kamala Harris, a black woman, get black men to vote for her?  If not, then Joe Biden blew it.

The Trayvon Hoax: Are Young Blacks Weary of Being 'Played'?  As the YouTube comments revealed, several of the viewers grew up thinking of Trayvon Martin's death the way their grandparents thought of Emmett Till's, two innocent adolescents killed for the crime of being black.  They had no idea that Martin, a skilled street fighter a half-foot taller than Zimmerman, gratuitously attacked the neighborhood watch captain.  Nor did they know Zimmerman was an Hispanic civil rights activist and Obama supporter.  In 2019, Gilbert took up where Sundance left off and confirmed the Treepers' suspicion that the State of Florida's star witness, Rachel Jeantel, was an impostor.  In the film, Gilbert proves his case beyond doubt and even locates the real phone witness, an attractive young Haitian-American named Brittany Diamond Eugene.  The attorney who orchestrated this fraud, Gilbert makes clear, was none other than Benjamin Crump, the ringmaster of the George Floyd show and the subject of an upcoming Netflix documentary.  If enough young black viewers watch Gilbert's film and speak out, the Crump film will never air.

Urban Cure billboard
Anti-poverty billboards urging people to get a job, finish school removed after backlash.  A series of anti-poverty billboards sponsored by a Black conservative group urges young people to finish school, get a job, get married and save money, but apparently that advice was too inflammatory for Milwaukee.  The "Tired of Poverty" billboards, part of the Center for Urban Renewal and Education's "Success Sequence" campaign, were removed this week by Clear Channel Outdoor after complaints about the message, which one local woman described as an "attack."  The four billboards featured photos of young Black people with the message, "Tired of Poverty?  Finish school.  Take Any Job.  Get Married.  Save & Invest.  Give Back to Your Neighborhood."

Day One of the Democrat Con-vention: Pros and Cons — Watching PR Pros Combine to Con America.  [Scroll down]  We hear from George Floyd's brother:  "My brother George was selfless." He does not mention the selflessness of George when he broke into a Black woman's home and pressed a firearm into her pregnant torso as he burglarized her home.  The sibling asks for a moment of silence, allowing me time to write this sentence.  He does not mention that, between 1997 and 2005, Floyd was sentenced to jail terms eight times on various charges, including drug possession, theft, and trespass.  In 2009, he was sentenced to five years in prison for that selfless armed robbery invading that woman's home.  Or that Mr. Floyd, on the day of his absolutely awful death, was consumed not with selflessness but with restricted drugs including fentanyl intoxication and recent methamphetamine use.

George Floyd:  The Big Lie.  Everyone on planet Earth as well as every last penguin in Antarctica has seen the nine-minute video of Derek Chauvin kneeling on the side of George Floyd's neck.  Mind you, he wasn't kneeling on his throat, because you can choke someone by doing that.  Because everyone in the American mainstream media was too scared to do it, last week the UK's Daily Mail leaked bodycam footage from Alexander Kueng (white) and Thomas Lane (mulatto), the two Minneapolis cops who initially responded to the call and dealt with Floyd for several minutes before Chauvin and another officer with the exceedingly white-sounding name of Tuo Thao arrived to assist.  Minnesota's Antifa-friendly Attorney General Keith Ellison — and who, as luck would have it, happens to be black, not that there's anything wrong with it or that any of what I've just told you would bias him in such cases — has been aware of this footage since late May and suppressed it from being leaked long enough for rioters to burn half the country down.  Remember when anti-police "activists" demanded that police wear bodycams?  I'm starting to think it backfired on them.

Was Booker T. Washington Too White?  [Scroll down]  Washington was a tireless educator and advocate of black self-improvement.  At Tuskegee, he taught technical skills needed to provide the ability to earn a good living.  He pushed the values of individual responsibility, the dignity of work, and the need for enduring moral character as the best means for former slaves, who started with little but the shirts on their backs, to succeed.  He encouraged business, industry and entrepreneurship, rather than political agitation, as the most effective foundation for success.  He formed the National Negro Business League.  He understood and modeled the spirit of capitalism, recognizing that those who serve others best will benefit themselves by doing so.  So what did this ex-slave believe and say that made him "too white" for modern wokeness to notice, much less endorse?

Newly Released George Floyd Body Cam Footage Should Make Keith Ellison Nervous.  A viewing of the video reveals that the events leading up to Floyd's unfortunate, entirely avoidable death are not as they initially seemed, and its release is nothing short of tossing a massive wrench into the agenda-driven gears of media and political discourse.  The four officers might well be guilty of something, but the current second-degree charge of murder is not one of them.  The political overreach in the case will cause nothing short of absolute chaos when the verdict is read.  In the immediate aftermath of the Floyd incident this past May, Minnesota's top lawman, an activist first and Democrat attorney general second by the name of Keith Ellison, recommended a third-degree murder charge for Derek Chauvin and the three assisting officers.  Under Minnesota statute, third-degree murder would include an action that is "without intent to effect the death of any person" yet "causes the death of another by perpetrating an act eminently dangerous to others and evincing a depraved mind, without regard for human life." [...] However, vociferous protests and riots swayed the A.G. to push for an elevated charge of second-degree murder.  One aspect of Minnesota statute defines second-degree murder as being intentional.  It is clear that Chauvin's actions were not.  Ellison himself is not even seeking it on those grounds.

Full Body Cam Video from Two of the Minneapolis Police Officers Undercuts Charges Filed By Minnesota AG Keith Ellison.  Late on Monday [8/2/2020], The Daily Mail posted full body cam videos from two of the officers charged in connection with the death of George Floyd.  These videos have been kept out of the public domain by Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison, and now we know why.  The videos are from the body cams worn by Officer Thomas Lane and Officer Alex Kueng.  The two videos are different lengths but cover a sequence of events lasting just over 18 minutes.

Floyd bodycam footage leaked — what next?  The Daily Mail's publication of body-cam footage in the George Floyd homicide raises a number of questions, not the least of which is — just how did this footage leak, and for what purpose?  The video came from a camera of some sort pointing at a computer screen playing the video, which means someone in the courthouse or connected to the case either recorded it or allowed it to be recorded.  The transcripts of these bodycam videos had already been released by the court, but the videos themselves were supposed to be under seal.  Two of the four are out now, which means other questions will arise — and it's best to know just what those will be.  Just FYI, the second video has a content warning on it, but it's a bit like closing the barn door after the horse has bolted.

Who Killed George Floyd?  In the death of George Floyd, the State of Minnesota has charged former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin with second-degree murder and former officers Thomas Lane, J. Alexander Kueng, and Tou Thao with aiding and abetting that murder.  But, as will be shown in detail below, the physical, scientific, and electronically recorded evidence in the case overwhelmingly and conclusively proves that these defendants are not guilty of the charges and, in fact, played no material role in bringing about Floyd's death.  Instead, the evidence proves that, when he first encountered the police, George Floyd was well on his way to dying from a self-administered drug overdose.  Moreover, [...] the evidence proves that the defendants exhibited concern for Floyd's condition and twice called for emergency medical services to render aid to him.  Strange behavior, indeed, for supposedly brutal law officers allegedly intent on causing him harm.

Church is forbidden, but this is okay Stop Being Nice: A Rant You're Not Going to Like.  [Scroll down]  The confusion surrounding the viral nature of the virus has everyone confused.  We're dosed daily with infection rates while death rates equal out to about the same as the flu, the virus we get every year but don't collapse our own society over.  The confusion is bad enough, but it's the reaction to it from our own leaders that just makes it all enraging.  Our nation is collapsing around us, people have lost or are losing their jobs, businesses are failing, and the stress of it all is causing drug and alcohol abuse, as well as suicide rates to shoot up.  Given the numbers we have now, you'd think we'd all just say "hey, take precautions if you want to and keep those most susceptible safe, but let's get our economy back on track," but no.  You can currently get arrested for opening a business or going to church.  You can't even attend a funeral if there are already too many people.  What can you do, though?  This.  [Video clip - Screen grab at left.]  I don't ever want to hear the words "white privilege" again.  Gretchen Witmer and Gavin Newsom will send the cops to your door to make an example out of you for trying to feed your family because it might spread the virus, but if you're out dancing in the street during a Black Lives Matter protest with zero social distancing and your mask an afterthought, then you're considered a hero.  The virus rules all except the "woke."  I want to tell you that this little dance party is wrong for happening, but if I'm being honest, it's not.  I'm not mad at them.  In fact, I envy them for getting out there and doing what they want.  Meanwhile, everyone following the rules seems like the suckers to me.

Bronx Zoo apologizes for putting African man on display in 1906.  Bronx Zoo officials this week apologized for putting a central African man on display in the zoo's Monkey House 114 years ago.  The man, Ota Benga, was taken as a slave from his indigenous Mbuti people in the Congo and sold to an American man — who brought him to New York, where he was placed in the exhibition for 20 days in September 1906.  Zoo officials on Wednesday described it as an act of "unconscionable racial intolerance."

The goals of Black Lives Matter and its radical ideology.  Politicians and various social justice groups have long used labels that have nothing to do with the real intent of legislation, or an organization, to dupe the public.  But, to paraphrase Shakespeare, a rose by any other name is still a rose.  Numerous "civil rights" bills have been passed by Congress over the years that have nothing to do with civil rights, but how many members are brave enough to point that out and vote against them?  Which brings me to the Black Lives Matter movement.  How many mainstream reporters have bothered to delve into the background and founding principles of the rapidly spreading organization to which even White CEOs are contributing gobs of money in what appears to be an attempt to protect themselves and their businesses from any potential charge of racism?  The Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty, which self-describes as "an ecumenical, nonprofit research organization that promotes the benefits of free enterprise to religious communities, business people, students and educators," has exposed the ideology of Black Lives Matter (BLM).

20 Questions the Woke Can't Answer, Because Thinking Makes Their Brains Hurt.  Twenty Questions.  Expect zero answers.
  •   Why are people demonstrating in American cities, burning police stations and throwing bottles at cops commanded by Democratic mayors?  What specifically do they want?  How do we get them to go home?  The cops in George Floyd's case have been in jail for months.
  •   What exactly do you mean by "systemic racism"?  Is it different from what Christians face in the Muslim world, minorities face in China, and ethnic minorities have faced in virtually every society known to man?  How?
  •   Why hold white people to standards you plainly don't hold Chinese or Africans to?  Do you think whites are superior?
  •   Is that why the Smithsonian, and other white-run institutions, are designating things like punctuality, professionalism, rational thought and diligence as part of "white culture"?
  •   You say that racism is so deeply entrenched in America that to eliminate it we need to uproot our whole culture, history, and political system.  That's exactly what the white segregationists warned us in the 1950s.  Martin Luther King, and before him Frederick Douglass, vehemently disagreed.  Are you happy taking the Klan's side against them? [...]
  •   Do you want to help solve black Americans' problems, or are you just milking them?

Blacks starting to get just a little sick of the lefty white camera-hogging act going on in Portland.  Is the tide receding?  Is some kind of high water mark now being reached?  It's not just that Blacks are laughing at the lefty white sheet show shambles going on in dumpster-fire Portland.  Now they're getting disgusted. [...] Portland, in fact, is one of the whitest cities in America, with data showing that 77% of the population is solid white, and only about 6% of the population is Black.  Those Blacks, by the way, live largely on the outskirts of the city, given the typical blue city policies of high taxes, high regulation, abusive business climate, and low opportunities for those at the bottom of the economic ladder.  And these days, Black people are voting against these white lefty paradises — with their feet, so you can bet that that 6% figure, dating from the last Census, is quite a bit lower.

Rolling Stone Editor on Why 'White Fragility' May Be the 'Dumbest Book Ever Written'.  If there is one non-conservative writer who you should read right now, it's Matt Taibbi.  The Rolling Stone editor has been a surgeon in dissecting the Left's uncontrollable descent into insanity.  Even if you disagree with most of his work, which I'm sure you will, his analysis of the Left's "woke" awakening is spot on and devastating.  Taibbi torched these clowns for their historically illiterate and unhinged tantrum over Independence Day.  Now, he's going off on the institutional Left's latest craze: fawning over Robin DiAngelo's "White Fragility," a cacophony of intersectionality nonsense that appears to have driven Taibbi crazy just reading it.  It's everything you'd expect to hear if you were forced to sit in some lecture about race quarterbacked by a "woke" lefty.  You'd learn nothing about how to solve America's race issues, only that racism can never be eradicated, and that further entrenching racial divisions is the only remedy because unity doesn't appear to be the goal here.

It's Time For The Conversation About Black Lives To Stop Focusing On White People.  The tragic deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd have led to riots, civil unrest, and protests against police brutality, systemic racism, white supremacy, and what many see as a disregard for black life in America.  Many protesters link the deaths of Abrey, Taylor, and Floyd to past injustices, asserting that racist whites and police pose the same threat, or worse, to black Americans today.  These passionate claims have met broad agreement from leftist elected officials, media outlets, and entertainers.  The ubiquity of the claims, combined with their general lack of relevant supporting evidence, highlights a distinct peculiarity within black political culture:  black leaders fight harder against white supremacy than they do for black progress.  This phenomenon manifests itself in the tendency for the black leadership class to elevate the values, beliefs, and behaviors of white people above those of black people.  That is why public discourse about the obstacles facing blacks in America is dominated by things white people must fix — like "systemic racism" or "unconscious bias" — rather than things black people can control, such as their culture and values.  This perverse line of thinking gives the impression that black problems only matter when white people cause them, and that white thoughts are more important than black actions.

Checking newspapers' tortured explanations for capitalizing 'black'.  With little fanfare, The New Yorker followed suit with other periodicals and adopted a new capital-letter convention:  plumping the lower-case "b" in "blacks" to "Blacks."  The style change was implemented in the hebdomadal journal's July 20, 2020 issue.  It was not evident in the previous issue, a doublized special dated for July 6 and 13.  Unlike other papers and newsweeklies, The New Yorker didn't announce the change in a cloying justification, slavering for a smidgeon of approval from sensitive Black Lives Matter-supporters.  Most publications did:  "We believe this style best conveys elements of shared history and identity, and reflects our goal to be respectful of all the people and communities we cover," said New York Times executive editor Dean Banquet.  "These changes align with long-standing capitalization of other racial and ethnic identifiers such as Latino, Asian American and Native American," wrote John Daniszewski, vice president for standards at the Associated Press.  "When people are offended by how we describe their community, we have to listen," pleaded Cristina Silva, relaying the move on behalf of USA Today.  The common thread among all these expositions is appeasement, not appeals to grammar, consistent style, linguistics, elucidation, or plain understanding of language.  Put another way, it's a normative prescription — this alteration is a mark of moral standing.  Abide, or be a bigot.

The Dehumanization of Blacks.  If you take black and white left-wing rhetoric seriously, blacks are not human beings like members of other races.  They are first and foremost black; they are human beings defined before anything else by their color — not their humanity, their personality, their character, their mind or their heart.  So much so that, according to white and black leftists, if you dissent from this racist view, you are now labeled racist.  The idiocy and inhumanity (literally) of this, the "progressive" view of black people, is easily demonstrated. [...] Does any human being first see his or her color?  Of course not.  Yet, we are supposed to believe that the most important thing about a black individual is that he or she is black.  And if we do not honor that fact — if we aim to be "colorblind" — then we are labeled racist.  This dehumanizing nonsense goes for racial truth these days.  Thus, for example, we who are not black are supposed to acknowledge that we cannot possibly see the world the way a black person sees the world; we cannot possibly understand what it is like to be black.

The Black Privilege Complex.  The black privilege complex that is currently dominating the attitudinal structure and political impetus of the leftwing is a form of moral superiority complex and a de facto mental illness.  Unlike other forms of claimed superiority based in self-perceived talents such as intelligence, the moral superiority complex derives from ideology.  Traditionally, moral superiority arises from the misuse of religion.  The black privilege complex arises from the misuse of political ideology.  Individuals evidencing black privilege complex have been duped into a disabling self-image of moral exceptionality that leads them to demand special privileges and exemption from responsibilities across the spectrum of life.  The attitudes, words and deeds associated with the contemporary black privilege complex constitute a moral hauteur that poisons social interactions with irrational, patronizing, intolerant, hostile, and in its most severe forms hateful and violent behaviors.  The black privilege complex impedes the disturbed individual from being honest about themselves or showing respect for others who hold different opinions.  Like all mental disorder, the black privilege complex narrows the scope and embitters the tone of life for the disordered person.

5 Arguments Against 'America Is a Racist Country'.  The left-wing charge that America is a racist country is the greatest national libel since the Blood Libel against the Jews.  America is, in fact, the least racist multiracial, multiethnic country in world history.  Neither the claim that America is a racist society nor the claim that it is the least racist country can be empirically proven.  Both are assessments.  But honest people do need to provide arguments for their position.  I have found every argument that America is racist, let alone "systemically" racist, wanting.  For example, the police almost never kill unarmed blacks, and on the rare occasions they do (about 15 times a year), there is almost always a valid reason (as in the infamous 2014 case in Ferguson, Missouri); police kill more unarmed whites than blacks; the reason there are proportionately so many more blacks in prison is that blacks disproportionately commit violent crimes; and so on.  There are very powerful arguments against the charge that America is a racist society.

Let's Talk about Black Privilege.  [Scroll down]  What's frightening and unnerving about most black Democrats is that they actually do believe that they are manacled victims of a multi-century, furtive, surreptitious, systematically racist cabal of the affluent Caucasian patriarchy enacted in 1619 or 1776.  If you believe this, you're not going to grow up wondering if your problems have anything to do with your own decisions and actions.  Black Democrats are not like affluent white Democrats, who believe none of the balderdash that comes out of their mouths.  What I see in Black Lives Matter is a group in pursuit of revenge, not equality.  Inequality is the new equality.  No matter how much Goebbelsian public relations Black Lives Matter receives from the DMIC, no reasonable American is mistaking the group for those who attended Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech in 1963 or the Selma to Montgomery marches two years later.  The conditions where black Americans have it worse — including problems with the police — are in cities run by Democrats for tens of thousands of consecutive days.

A few years ago, the left-wing liberals couldn't stop talking about how great this show was.  Now it's racist!
'Cancel Hamilton' Trends As Leftists Demand Disney Pull Musical That 'Glorifies Slave Trader'.  "Hamilton" is under fire from left-leaning activists who say the Tony award-winning musical is a relic from a less-woke era that glorifies a slave-trader and other founding fathers who have recently fallen out of favor.  The musical is now a feature film, released last week on the Disney+ streaming network to record-breaking viewership and rave reviews, but activists contend that times have changed from when the musical first premiered on Broadway, and now, after the death of George Floyd while in the custody of the Minneapolis Police Department, Americans are "reckoning" with the problematic traits of founders like Alexander Hamilton.

Just Say 'No' to the Revolution.  As the militantly ignorant shock troops of a new Cultural Revolution rampage across the United States of America in an orgy of statue-toppling, cop-killing, and flag-burning, they continue to be met with a stunning lack of resistance.  President Trump's stirring Independence Day speech aside, the country's leaders are worse than useless:  Democrat politicians support the chaos, and Republican politicians generally are too feckless to take action.  Conservative citizens are too law-abiding to fight fire with fire, and so the mob, stoked by the activist news media and facing no consequences for their anarchy, tears down America unopposed.  Instead of resistance, a wave of self-flagellating public apologies and corporate appeasement has swept through guilt-ridden, white America, which has simply rolled over for the violent revolutionaries of the Black Lives Matter racial extortion racket.  One notable recent example of Americans embracing their own humiliation before the rabid mob:  the country music band Lady Antebellum has chosen to rename itself "Lady A," because the band members found themselves "regretful and embarrassed" by the word antebellum and its purported "associations" with the Civil War and slavery.  Of course, the band didn't pick the original name to honor slavery, but simply as a nod to the Southern antebellum-style home "where we took our first photos."  But innocuous explanations aren't sufficient anymore, because the totalitarian left has booby-trapped the cultural landscape into a minefield of ultra-heightened racial sensitivity.

Racism (Allegations) Run Amok.  Over the past month and a half since the May 25, 2020 death of George "five years in the pen for armed robbery" Floyd, violence has erupted throughout the country.  More than twenty people, many of them innocent victims (including, most recently, an eight-year-old black girl in Atlanta), have died during these "protests"; scores more have been seriously injured; and damage to property, not including the destruction of national monuments and the defacing of public buildings, has topped one billion dollars.  The Democratic Party and every other voice on the left has been virtually silent over the price society is forced to pay for this grotesque overreaction to an incident, albeit deplorable, of police brutality.  How can they justify their silence in the face of this tragic loss of life and property that radicalized incendiaries have wrought?  It can't be that Minneapolis has a few inhumane and racist police officers.  That wouldn't justify this Vesuvian eruption.  Nor would the fact that five other blacks died at the hands of police in high-profile cases during the last six years.  (It is, needless to say, conveniently overlooked that each victim — i.e., perpetrator — was resisting arrest at the time of his death.)  No, the justification for the silence over the deaths of the various, quickly forgotten people caught in the middle of these totalitarian uprisings and the ISIS-like destruction of our historical legacies is the narrative of "institutional racism."

Hearing What Black Voices Really Say About Police.  [Scroll down]  While it is true that black men between the ages of 25 and 29 are killed by police at a rate between 2.8 and 4.1 per 100,000, that's well below the rate of their death in accidents (76.6 deaths per 100,000), by suicide (26.7 deaths per 100,000), from other homicides (22 per 100,000), from heart disease (seven per 100,000), and from cancer (a little over six per 100,000).  Moreover, black women in the same age bracket are killed by police at roughly 5 percent the rate of black men; surely if police killings were driven solely by racial animus, then black women would be victimized at a much higher rate.  Despite the racial disparity in rates, a study of police-involved homicides between 2009 and 2012 shows that whites constituted a majority (52 percent) of victims.  What explains "state violence" against whites?  All in all, the evidence paints a murky picture, though still a troubling one.

There is no epidemic of fatal police shootings against unarmed Black Americans.  Much of modern policing is driven by crime data and community demands for help.  The African American community tends to be policed more heavily, because that is where people are disproportionately hurt by violent street crime.  In New York City in 2018, 73% of shooting victims were Black, though Black residents comprise only 24% of the city's population.  Nationally, African Americans between the ages of 10 and 34 die from homicide at 13 times the rate of white Americans, according to researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Justice Department.  Community requests also determine police deployment, and the most urgent requests often come from law-abiding residents of high-crime neighborhoods.

We Can't Have 'National Dialogues' If People Get Fired For Talking Honestly.  A Vermont school principal was placed on administrative leave for writing on Facebook, "I firmly believe that Black Lives Matter, but I DO NOT agree with the coercive measures taken to get to this point across; some of which are falsified in an attempt to prove a point."  Tim Gordon, a Catholic high school theology teacher, was fired for comparing Black Lives Matter to a terrorist organization.  A Massachusetts Institute of Technology Catholic chaplain was forced to resign after sending an email in which he said Floyd had "not lived a virtuous life." [...] No one outside conservative media can criticize Black Lives Matter without being fired or ostracized, so how can we expect the average American to chime in for a productive dialogue?  Furthermore, American corporations reinforce BLM's cultural sway, driving conversation in one direction.  The biggest corporations have donated millions to Black Lives Matter and related organizations.  Diversity consulting has become fashionable.

Ben Carson On Painting 'Black Lives Matter' On Street:  What If 'Somebody Painted A Confederate Flag On A Public Street?'.  Dr. Ben Carson, Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, questioned how those painting "Black Lives Matter" on public streets would respond if someone were to paint a Confederate flag on a public street.  Carson, who made the remarks during an interview on Fox News with anchor Martha MacCallum, noted that there is a difference between "black lives matter," which is a statement of support for the black community, and Black Lives Matter, which is a "Marxist-driven organization."

America and the Police Presumed Guilty of Racism.  A prominent Christian minister said that Jesus does not want us to dismiss the grievances of Black Lives Matter protesters.  Republicans are working on police reform.  A pundit on TV advised Republicans to learn how to talk to black people and offer more economic programs.  These solutions to dealing with racial chaos driven by BLM sound reasonable.  However, what sticks in my craw is the presumption that white America and police are harming blacks.  Folks, that simply is not true.  And what is this nonsense about learning to talk to black people?

The Present Moment Has Set Blacks Back a Half-Century.  All this is supposed to be good for America's blacks.  But none of it is.  In fact, it is all destructive.  Take the movement to defund police departments and the incessant charges of "police brutality" and "racist police."  Only those who don't care about blacks other than using them to advance their power — Democrats and the rest of the left, both black and white — argue this war against the police is good for blacks.  Already the increase in the number of blacks murdered, not to mention injured, is reaching levels unseen in decades.  And there is every reason to assume, as police pull back from high-crime areas, it will get worse.  Take the left-wing mantra that all whites are racist.  If I wanted to obstruct black progress, and especially damage black children, I couldn't come up with a more effective idea.  To believe from early childhood that you walk through life held in contempt by all of your fellow citizens who are white is to walk through life with much more than a chip on your shoulder.  It is more like a heavy boulder.

The left is always destroyed by its lies.  [Scroll down]  It's a lie that a black man cried, "Don't shoot, hands up" just before white cops shot him.  The truth is that he didn't say that and didn't have his hands up. [...] It's a lie that America was founded on slavery and is still a pervasively racist culture.  The truth is that America was founded on the shining premise — which was admittedly more a promise at the time — that all men are created equal under the law.  Half a million men — almost all whites — later died in the Civil War to make good on that promise.  And the truth is that America elected a black man to be president in 2008, re-elected him in 2012, and now grants black people preferences in college admissions, hiring and promotion.

BET Founder Robert Johnson Mocks Crowds Pulling Down Statues, Canceling TV Shows, Apologizing For Being White.  On Wednesday, BET Founder Robert Johnson mocked those who are destroying statues across the U.S. and who are trying to cancel television shows because they think that's what black people want.  During an interview with Fox News, Johnson said that those who are destroying statues across the country "have the mistaken assumption that black people are sitting around cheering for them saying 'Oh, my God, look at these white people.  They're doing something so important to us.  They're taking down the statue of a Civil War general who fought for the South.'"

BLM — What About a Multiracial Family?  I have an unusual family.  It's multiracial.  The skin of my grandchildren ranges from dark to fair! (None, by the way, is adopted.)  Like most grandmothers, I utterly adore all of them.  However, according to Black Lives Matter (BLM), at this juncture, only my black grandchildren are worth a cracker.  Yet all the grandchildren are siblings and cousins, who (most of the time) love each other!  When they see BLM signs, what are they supposed to think?  Can my black grandchildren now demand an apology for the systemic racism that BLM considers inherent in their white brothers?  Can they claim more treats as reparation?  Should my white grandchildren, bow low as their black siblings enter the room?  Try to systematize that agenda and all hell will break loose.  What about the children who are neither the one nor the other, but in the middle?  Or, even if their skin is dark, what if they identify as white — and vice versa.  How would the Supreme Court textualize that?

A Tale of Two Ditties.  The ruling board of the British Rugby Football Union, RFU, is conscious that the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis has led to significant discussions of the issue of racism.  It has decided to review the historical context of the song, regarded as a spiritual anthem, "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot," which is sung at rugby games, especially since Chris Oti in 1988 became the first black player to represent England in international games. [...] The question arises because many people are not aware the song is linked to slavery, is often sung at black funerals, and that it is usually regarded as a negro spiritual in the canon of American folksong.  But the song has been more widely appreciated.  Since 2011 it is the official Oklahoma State Gospel song. [...] The song was composed by a man named Wallace Willis, a Native Indian slave, probably born in Mississippi, of the Choctaw tribe, that was, with other tribes, forced to sign a series of treaties that dispossessed them of their lands and forced them to move to Oklahoma.  The song therefore was written not in the states of the very Deep South with which it is usually associated, but in Oklahoma territory, and circulated first among Native Americans, not African-Americans.  The song was widely circulated among African-Americans after the Civil War when it was taken up by singers at Fisk College, now Fisk University, an all-black institution.

Why I Don't Go to Protests.  [Scroll down]  I had no concern for the life of George Floyd.  Nevertheless, I'm going to go out on a limb and say that the people protesting his death don't care about George Floyd either.  They too have never met him, and don't really know anything about him.  They, like me, are also human beings; we have the same motivations.  Their only concern beyond mine, is that his death supports their political narrative.  This is precisely why I don't go to protests.  When you start caring about somebody because they support your political worldview, you never admit it to yourself.  What a shameful thing to admit, that you use a man, who only concerns you in death, to push an agenda.

What Does Black America Want?  This week, Candace Owens discusses the hot-button issues of the day:  reactions to her viral video on Black Lives Matter, Rayshard Brooks, defunding the police, and the state of Black America.

Muhammad Ali's son says dad would have hated 'racist' Black Lives Matter.  On the fourth anniversary of his death, Muhammad Ali's only biological son says that his father would be against Black Lives Matter, calling the movement "racist" and the protesters "devils."  The legendary boxer and activist stood up against racism throughout his life, but Muhammad Ali Jr. says his dad would have been sickened by how the protests have turned to violence and looting after the death of George Floyd.

Keep the Children at Home.  George Floyd was not a saint; in fact, he was a bad man, and being killed by a brutal policeman does not change a man's life from bad to good.  He was a man of many convictions — criminal convictions, that is, not political ones — and at least one of his crimes was of deep-dyed malignity.  Along with five others, he broke into a pregnant woman's house and held her at gunpoint while his associates ransacked the house for drugs and money.  This is not the kind of crime that results from a sudden surrender to temptation.  It was premeditated and planned, albeit not very intelligently or successfully.  George Floyd was not a quick learner.  He had several convictions for possession and supply of drugs, yet when he moved to Minneapolis, allegedly to turn over a new leaf, he still took drugs, and a video showed him discarding what was probably a packet of drugs when he was first arrested.  None of this exculpates the policeman, Derek Chauvin, and no decent person would suggest that it did.  But the ludicrous sanctification of George Floyd naturally conduces to an examination of his character, and is moreover a sign of our modern tendency to make martyrs or saints of victims.

Do Black Feelings Matter Too Much?  Atlanta was burning two weeks ago after a white cop in Minneapolis killed a black criminal who resisted arrest.  Now it's burning again over a white Atlanta cop shooting and killing a black criminal who resisted arrest.  On Friday night [6/12/2020], police responded to a call about a black male who was sleeping in his car while in the drive-thru lane of a Wendy's restaurant just south of downtown.  After police arrived, the suspect, 27-year-old father of four Rayshard Brooks, allegedly failed a sobriety test.  Footage shows him actively fighting the two white cops who tried to arrest him.  He seized a Taser from one of the police and then ran.  While running, he turned back and pointed the Taser at the cop, who responded by shooting him.  It's all on film — and none of it matters.  Of course, there's no "national discussion" about the plague of black males resisting arrest, even though that's been a feature in every last one of these high-profile Race Porn cases.  That's because at this moment in the USA, black feelings matter more than anything else.  An unwarranted concern for black feelings — don't EVER make them angry — may be the wrecking ball that obliterates this country beyond repair.

Those Pesky Statistics.  Roughly speaking, a policeman in the United States is about fifty times more likely to be killed than to kill, and this is without taking into consideration that the majority of the killings by the police are at least prima facie justified by self-defense or the interruption or prevention of a serious crime.  Let us exclude only half of those killings on these grounds (probably a gross underestimate):  This means that a policeman is 100 times more likely to be killed than to kill.  Let us also suppose that the police are killed by black and white in the same proportion as blacks and whites commit homicide in general (again, a generous, that is to say a conservative, assumption).  This means that a policeman is about fifteen times more likely to be killed by a black man than to kill a black man, and again this is not to take into account the fact that many of the police killings would be at least prima facie justified.  A black man is about thirty times more likely to be killed by another black man than to be killed by a policeman (and some of the police are themselves black, of course).  A white man is only fifteen times more likely to be killed by someone of any race than to be killed by a policeman.  Are the police biased against whites?

America's sin debt for slavery was paid for long ago.  With all this wonderful progress, why all this recent brouhaha?  The answer can be distilled to a couple major factors:  1) the creation of a permanent black underclass thanks to the unintended consequences of civil rights legislation passed in the 1960s which have given economic incentives for fatherless households in the black community, and 2) the steadily advancing agenda of cultural Marxism, which has led to the tsunami of political correctness and the instant shaming and expulsion of liberals and conservatives of principle from positions of power and influence.  Throw in the convulsive collective deliverance from three months of, as it turned out, mostly unnecessary lockdown, and you have a perfect blueprint for bad behavior.  Not all of this is bad, of course.  Police tactics can always stand scrutiny, since they're the only ones in a civilization entrusted with the threat of and the use of force to apply local laws effectively.  Individuals who have an irrational distaste for people having a different paint job than they do need to do some serious self-reflection.  Is life more difficult for a black man?  Well, yes, it is.  Much of this is cultural, however, and not racial.  It follows from the fact that 40% of violent crimes are committed by 6% of the population, i.e., black males.  If that's "institutional racism" in the view of a lot of rather shallow thinkers, then march until your shoes wear out; it won't change until crime stats change.  And crime stats won't change until a revolution takes place in the black underclass.

Black Professor To Mark Levin:  No Pattern of Epidemic Racism Among Police.  On this week's episode of Life, Liberty, and Levin, Dr. Wilfred Reilly pushed back on the concept of systemic racism.  Reilly told Mark Levin that many of the examples cited by activists have huge variables other than race to explain why they happen.  He said that while systems of oppression have existed in America in the past, many of them have disappeared under new civil rights laws.  Reilly is an associate professor of political science at Kentucky State University, a historically black university.  He has authored three books, including Hate Crime Hoax:  How the Left is Selling a Fake Race War.

Juneteenth is one day, not a week.
Detroit goes all out for Juneteenth in week-long celebration.  Against the historic backdrop of a booming civil rights movement, the city of Detroit on Monday kicked off its week-long Juneteenth celebration, which commemorates the ending of slavery in the U.S.  It was June 19, 1865 when Union troops arrived in Galveston, Texas, announcing the Civil War was over — and that slavery was abolished.  To honor that day, the city of Detroit has a week-long schedule of virtual events planned, designed to educate, empower and drive change on issues that will positively impact Black communities.  The celebration starts at 6 p.m.  Monday and ends Friday with a Freedom Rally in Spirit Plaza, next to city hall, and the unveiling of an uplifting message painted along a block-long span of Woodward Avenue leading south to the plaza.

No, I don't have to kneel to show I'm anti-racist.  "Pick a knee," says CNN's S.E. Cupp, "The one that knelt on a neck or the one that knelt to try to prevent it."  This kind of ugly false choice — either you adopt my favored form of political protest or you support murder! — is meant to bully you into participating in groupthink.  Worse, it's meant to shame the target of Cupp's exhortation into taking ownership of racism, an evil that may have nothing to do with him.  I find the abuse of black civilians — or, though this is apparently a provocation, any civilians — by the police abhorrent.  More than any other group in American life, cops, empowered by the state to use force, have special responsibility to protect life and adhere to the law.  But I am no more liable for the actions of Derek Chauvin than is S.E. Cupp or Al Sharpton.  I have nothing to confess.  The color of my skin is not an indictment of my morality, nor does it strip me of my agency.

Prof. William Jacobson: 'Silence Is Violence' Is Totalitarian, 'Just Like USSR'.  "Silence is violence" is a totalitarian slogan demanding compliance and reminiscent of political coercion within the former Soviet Union, said William Jacobson, professor of law at Cornell University and founder of Legal Insurrection. [...] Jacobson is being targeted by leftists — both students and professors — following his examination of the false "hands up, don't shoot" narrative pushed by the left in relation to the death of Michael Brown.  He described a coordinated campaign involving faculty and students to terminate his professorship due to his criticism of left-wing axioms, highlighting two recent columns of his, titled "Reminder:  "Hands up, don't shoot" is a fabricated narrative from the Michael Brown case" and "The Bloodletting and Wilding Is Part of An Agenda To Tear Down The Country."  The "silence is violence" motto goes beyond conventional left-wing intimidation into silence, observed Jacobson, as it pushes the frontier of "political correctness" into demanding expressions of support for leftist campaigns and stories.

Ghana's minister of tourism invites American blacks to 'come home' following Floyd death.  Minister of Tourism, Arts, and Culture Barbara Oteng-Gyasi invited blacks in the United States to "re-settle in Ghana if they feel unwanted" during a ceremony commemorating the death of Minneapolis resident George Floyd.  According to the Independent Ghana news outlet, Oteng-Gyasi made the offer during a wreath-laying ceremony to honor Floyd.

Obama Admin Turned Down Renaming of Army Bases: 'Reconciliation, Not Division'.  The U.S. Army under President Barack Obama turned down the suggestion in 2015 of renaming military bases that had been named for Confederate generals.  The idea emerged in the wake of the mass shooting at the Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, in which a white supremacist murdered nine black parishioners.  In the aftermath, the state government removed the Confederate battle flag from the grounds of the state capitol, noting its history as a symbol of division.

Ricky Gervais Shreds Celebrities Who Put Out Cringeworthy 'I Take Responsibility' Racism PSA.  Comedian Ricky Gervais openly mocked celebrities after a group of them released an anti-racism PSA that makes current issues in America all about them.  The PSA will actually make you feel physically uncomfortable watching it as Hollywood's best and brightest put their white guilt on display for the world to see.  The two-minute video features celebrities vowing to "take responsibility" for a host of things they feel have contributed to racism in America.  "Every not-so-funny joke, every unfair stereotype," actor Justin Theroux laments.  Racially charged jokes are going to be eliminated.  There goes the career of Chris Rock.  Start burning tapes of Richard Pryor.

America's New Caste System?  Black Americans are being elevated by the media, business and political elites to the country's virtuous class, based upon a narrative of suffering due to historical and current abuses.  This process has been ongoing for a long time, but has picked up great momentum in the wake of George Floyd's killing.  The evidence of this is multifaceted.  Many aspects of black culture have been wildly popular among Americans in general (and internationally) for generations.  While this kind of obvious cultural blending has always been a natural consequence of America's cosmopolitan society, it's especially evident today in everything from fashion, popular entertainment, music, speech patterns, and much else.  More unusual in recent years is the desire of non-black Americans to be black.  The infamous Rachel Dolezal is the most obvious example, but she is hardly alone.  It's generally fair to say that people don't deliberately try to pass themselves off as a kind of person they regard as inferior.

Race Isn't Going Away.  A sizable section of the elected class has come to see the citizen as more of a subject, the prole of dystopian fiction who is becoming more real by the moment.  Imagine asking about one of government's fundamental roles and being told to check your privilege. [...] When government fails to do the heavy of lifting of governing, and even worse, turns a blind eye to elementary responsibility, people tend to notice.  And they react.  Some remember Baltimore and the fallout after cops pulled back in the wake of Freddie Gray's death while in police custody.  Especially sharp minds will recall how the president during that period pronounced the rioters and looters to be 'thugs.'  Good times.  The rule of law is the foundation of a civil society, not a bumper sticker.  When prosecutors undermine their own authority by rationalizing free passes to arsonists and thieves, good luck trying to convince the law-abiding that you have their back.  Chicago is seeing firsthand what happens when the mob is allowed to run wild.

Lessons From 1968: Has progressive opinion ever lied to itself more?  Since 1968, the people of this nation have invested untold billions of dollars in Lyndon Johnson's Great Society and similar social welfare programs in a well-intentioned and generous effort to alleviate the plight of America's disadvantaged minorities.  But now, 52 years and billions of dollars later, what is the status of those whom we have sought to help?  Thankfully, many have made progress and achieved the American dream.  But, apart from them, far too many continue to victimize each other in a neverending cycle of black-on-black violence and crime, in which homicide is the leading cause of death among young black males.  And, as we have seen, far too many still engage in rioting, looting, and burning when the opportunity presents itself.  And consider what we are being told by the self-flagellating progressives and violent angry agitators about how hateful we are as a nation and how indifferent we have been to the plight of America's minorities.  It's as if the civil rights revolution and the Great Society never happened.

'Defund the police' [is] creating [a] deep rift between two key Dem constituencies, Hispanics and blacks.  The only thing the clique that rules the Democrat party care about is their own grasp on power.  Only if and when they see that they are being harmed by the split between blacks and Hispanics will they relent and stop fanning the flames of insurrection.

'We Need to Have a Conversation'.  Recently, the ability to "have a conversation," let alone actually solve a problem, has shriveled like a piece of rotting fruit.  In part, the violence of this last week demonstrates that, but the problem has been a long time developing.  Any productive conversation requires certain components, and if any are missing, communication, and therefore the development of solutions, becomes impossible.  Let me list these components:  [#1] Vocabulary:  Those trying to talk to each other must have a common vocabulary that they use to mean the same things. [...] I've lost any understanding that I ever had of what racist means and I have no idea at all what is meant by systemic racism.  What system?  Are there racist policies in the post office?  Do police departments have black arrest quotas?  If there are policies at fault (I think of the welfare system, the easy availability of abortion services, or the deplorable condition of schools in black neighborhoods), those affected need to address those issues directly.  Stealing Rolex watches isn't likely to be helpful.

An Honest Conversation on Race?  One of the trite pearls of wisdom repeated ad nauseam for the past several days is that America needs to have an honest conversation on race. [...] Of course, the media manipulators and leftists have no interest in an honest conversation.  The only thoughts allowed in their version are mostly false ones that have been approved by leftists for the purpose of inciting racial hatred and overthrowing America.  Anyone willing to throw around words and ideas marked with the liberal stamp of approval like white supremacy, white privilege, microaggressions, or systemic racism will be rewarded mightily with the bonus that these towering giants of moral cowardice also get to humbly brag about their bravery in speaking truth to power.  Bonus points if they take an actual knee in abject surrender.

Is There Really an 'Epidemic' of Racist Police Shootings?  Several Studies Say No.  The protests and riots that began in the wake of the death of George Floyd show no signs of stopping anytime soon.  Lots of well-intentioned people are expressing their outrage over what they believe to be an epidemic of racist police brutality.  Perhaps the most common form of alleged racist police "brutality" we hear about is shootings, particularly those with questionable justification.  To hear some people, there's an epidemic of racist police brutality and we need to do something about it.  Black Lives Matter is calling on the defunding of police — which is just silly.  Congressional Democrats are looking to pass sweeping "police reform," and one can only wonder what their real objectives are.  But, this all leads to some very important questions.  While we all agree that unjustified police brutality is bad, is there really an "epidemic" of racial bias in police brutality?

America Self-Flagellates to Atone for Phantom Social Injustice.  According to the going narrative, the video of George Floyd being strangled while in police custody was a tipping point that exposed a deeply rooted societal issue of racism against black Americans.  This underlying issue apparently becomes manifest as violence by white people, and particularly by the police, who are actively "hunting" black people, as LeBron James suggests.  Floyd's death, we are led to believe, set off a shockwave of mass thievery, violence, and destruction in cities across America, a reaction that many progressive apologists are attempting to justify as "the voice of the unheard" when it comes to addressing racial violence in our society.  Despite the fact that this narrative has become common belief, it requires countless illogical contortions to conclude that it's true.  Let's document how someone must arrive at that conclusion.

On Being Pounded With Lies About 'Systemic' Racism in America.  [Scroll down]  After my decades-plus career at the Big Firms, I decided I wanted fewer billable hours and more time to be a rabbi and to teach law students.  So I went to work for a billionaire in Los Angeles residential housing.  The hours were great, the work easy, and he paid me a boatload of money to represent him.  As I started working for him a few weeks, I came to see that he is an old dinosaur from another time — a racist and sexist like Joe Biden.  He would make racist comments like those that Joe Biden makes, about how some Black person amazingly is not only presentable but also clean, about how Black mothers are so stupid that their kids only hear maybe 300 words through childhood, about how you have to be from India or Pakistan to walk into a donut shop.  He was exactly the duplicate of Joe Biden racism, a cloned racist.  He had every demographic group pigeon-holed in a stereotype.  And, like Joe Biden, he could not keep his hands off women — smelling their hair, stroking their hair, putting his hands on and rubbing their shoulders.  For a moment, I had a dream job, but I had to quit after a short time because he was such a rarefied bigot like Biden, and my soul felt polluted every time I walked in.  This is not "systemic."  It does not permeate our society or our culture.  Indeed, the society spits out anyone who reveals as racist.

Revenge Racism Rules.  During the DC race riots of 1968, I was in Vietnam. [...] I remember hearing or reading something about a joint called Ben's Chili Bowl in DC that had survived the '68 fire bombings unscathed because it had a kind of racial immunity, a "black owned" window sign - or an awesome chili dog.  When I subsequently, some might say inevitably, came to the Pentagon for another hardship tour, Ben's was already on my bucket list.  As a pot licker and amateur cook, I had to see what was special about the U street miracle.  After three visits to Ben's, I was certain that it wasn't the food, a very ordinary selection of fried or grilled everything served with indifferent chili — and a side of diabetes.  The Ben's legend was political.  "Black owned 1968 survivor" was/is the real draw.  The rest of DC, Asians and Jews in '68 and today, were not so lucky.  Back in the day, I thought that the "black owned" sobriquet was ironic, if not inflammatory.  What was the message?  If you have to riot, please burn whitey, not black Americans.  Of course, we now know arsonists, black or white, are morons.  Still, when America goes pyric or suicidal, it's usually local vigilantes that torch the hood.  Nevertheless, the "black owned" tagging is still alive and well midst the smoke of 2020.

My View of Looters.  [#1] Yes, of course black lives matter.  But 99.9 percent of the blacks killed violently in this country are killed by other blacks.  Very few are killed by the police. [...] [#3] Isn't it interesting that the first stores the looters went after were super-high-end clothing and jewelry stores, shops far too expensive for me or my wife to go to, except for presents for close friends?  Aren't the looters supposed to be with the working class?  Why didn't they loot JCPenney or stores that sold work boots?  Of course they want to look rich.  They aspire to do that by stealing. [...] [#4] Have you noticed that the overwhelming mass of the looters shown on TV are black?  The overwhelming mass of the protesters against "racial injustice" are white prosperous-looking young people.  Who is missing?  Asians.  They don't loot.  They don't riot.  They study and they work.

50 Questions About Racism In America.  [Scroll down]  How is America a systemically racist country when NFL and NBA athletes are predominately black yet their audiences are predominantly white?  When a black comedian makes fun of white people, do you laugh?  Does that make you a racist?  Did you ever consider that it's funny because in some instances it's true, and that's what makes it funny?  Is it racist to have a (insert any race here) Student Union or a (insert any race here) Caucus in congress, or any other organization based on skin color alone?  Do you know the percentage of black men who are killed by other black men as opposed to being killed by whites?  Do you know the percentage of white doctors who kill black babies during abortions?  Is that racist?

Get up off your knees.  You have done nothing wrong.  Being white is not a crime.  Being a Trump voter is not a crime.  Being a police officer sworn to "protect and serve" every day is not a crime.  Being a non-white police officer proud to uphold and enforce law and order is not a crime.  Being a black or brown or yellow American who rejects excusing criminal behavior is not a crime.  Rejecting collective guilt is not a crime.  Refusing to acknowledge "white privilege" when you were born poor, or in a broken home, or with physical or psychological challenges, is not a crime.  Embracing the historic American nation, instead of erasing it, is not a crime.  Enforcing your private property rights is not a crime.  Teaching your wife and children to use a gun in self-defense is not a crime.  Owning an AR-15 or two is not a crime.

The Struggle Sessions Are Here, And They're Not Going Away.  More than the rampant looting and the street battles, more than the clashes between police and protesters, these scenes of white people genuflecting in mass public affirmations of their own guilt is the key to understanding where all this is headed.  The model at work here is the Chinese Cultural Revolution, with its mass "struggle sessions" in which anyone deemed insufficiently sympathetic to the proletariat, or thought to have an excessively bourgeois lifestyle, was subjected to public humiliations, paraded through the streets, assaulted, denounced, and put on display as objects of scorn.  Often these struggle sessions ended in false confessions and pleas for mercy.  Obviously, no one in America is being paraded through the streets against their will.  But by rushing to profess their supposed guilt for racism, these people are admitting that they need publicly to affirm their allegiance to woke identity politics.  This represents nothing less than the emergence of a new regime in American life.  What is now a voluntary and seemingly spontaneous public affirmation of progressive ideology will in time become a requirement.  If you want a career or a public platform or a professional life in mainstream society, you'll have to profess allegiance to the cultural left.

What Justice Demands.  Cases involving apparent misconduct by police officers are rare, but each year, 500 whites are murdered by blacks, and many times that number of blacks are murdered by other blacks.  Do these lives also matter, or is there something special about the case of a black man killed by white officers?  For the victim, whether white or black, it makes no difference.  The difference is that, in our politically correct society, any offense against a black person is treated as egregious while offenses by blacks against whites, even murder, are overlooked.  They are overlooked by the mainstream media, which has long maintained a policy of not identifying perpetrators by race except when they are white.  And they are overlooked by politicians like Joe Biden, who this week rushed from his cozy basement to the site of nearby protests and spoke of his "anguish" and of a "demand for justice" — and of his eagerness as future president to "lead the conversation" on race.  Does that conversation include the 500 whites murdered each year by blacks — twice the number of blacks murdered by whites?  Apparently not.

The systemic racism scam.  The American people are among the planet's least racist, and blacks' comparative problems, 65+ years after the Civil Rights Act of 1964, are primarily of their own making.  If you seek the primary causes of blacks' problems in America's complex 21st century society, look to their percentage of out-of-wedlock births (75+%), their rate of violent crime (6-8 times that of whites), their perpetrator percentage of interracial white/black crime (85- 90%), and the cultural denigration of studiousness as "acting white," not to the conduct and attitudes of America's non-black people or its police.  Who will defend this country and its people, collectively more eager to treat everyone fairly than any nation or gathering of people on the planet?

Former Head Of National Urban League Department Of Criminal Justice Rips Rioters, Liberal Democrats, Eric Holder.  On Tuesday night, appearing on Fox News with host Tucker Carlson, former civil rights activist Bob Woodson, who once headed the National Urban League Department of Criminal Justice, slammed Black Lives Matter and the concept of "systemic racism."  Woodson harshly criticized liberal Democrats running the inner cities, ripped former Attorney General Eric Holder, and asserted, "There are two people that I think are destroying this country, and they are guilty white people and angry, rich, entitled blacks who continue to play the race card." [...] Woodson said bluntly, "And if we continue to look at life through a racial prism, when evil wears a black face it will escape detection, and therefore correction."

Insane News Tidbits.  The funding priorities of the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control suggests that they think diversity is an important input in making headway in the fight against the coronavirus.  On April 20, NIH and CDC announced the availability of grants to increase the "diversity" of biomedical research labs.  For example, academic virology researchers studying respiratory failure could receive hundreds of thousands more taxpayer dollars if they could find a woman or a minority to add to their project.  High school students and college students are eligible for the program even though they cannot contribute anything of value.  No scientific justification for the new diversity hire is needed.  The scientists must promise to mentor the new hire, which will take time away from their research with no offsetting gain.

As Long As a Political Party Believes It Owns African-Americans, Blacks Will Not Be Free.  We are the most color-blind society on the planet.  When was the last time the United Kingdom elected a Black Prime Minister?  Or how about a Black president or prime minister in France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Holland, Greece, Germany, Belgium, or anywhere else in the oh-so-politically correct dissolving European Union?  Has China ever had a non-Chinese ethnic head their godless country of bat-cat-rat-eaters?  How about the vaunted Russians?  Was Stalin Black?  Khrushchev?  Brezhnev?  Andropov?  Gorbachev?  Putin?  Any Blacks in the wings?

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Yes, but on the other hand, there were 142 million people in Russia in 2009.[*].  Only 50,000 of them were Afro-Russians.[*].  That's why they have no plans for a black president.

Why 'People Of Color' Is A Stupid And Inaccurate Phrase We All Should Stop Using.  There are three problems with it:  (1) The category itself is nonsensical.  (2) It suggests an identity group that does not exist.  (3) It implies a singular dynamic of race relations that is sloppy scholarship at best.  This is more than just imprecise terminology; it creates a new tribalism when we should be working to bring all kinds of people together.  First, the name itself is silly.  Are there really people with, and people without, color?

Why black Americans are moving to Africa.  Monique John wasn't sure what to expect when she stepped off the plane in her new home:  the West African nation of Liberia. [...] John is one of a number of African-Americans moving to the Motherland, some inspired by the recent "Year of Return" movement initiated by Ghana, 400 years after the first Africans were brought in chains to Jamestown, Va.  Last year, Ghana gave citizenship to 126 people of African descent, many of them Americans.

The '64 Civil Rights Act and the Origins of Political Correctness.  In his new book The Age of Entitlement:  America Since the Sixties, Claremont Institute scholar Christopher Caldwell explains how the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the landmark legislation designed to end segregation in the South, gave unprecedented power to Washington and ended up dividing the country. [...] [T]here were prominent figures at the time who pointed out that the civil rights laws were on a collision course with the Constitution.  Presidential candidate Barry Goldwater and law professor Robert Bork both pointed out that the Act created conflicts with the constitutional protections accorded to private property and freedom of association.  "Those who opposed the legislation," Caldwell observes, "proved wiser about its consequences than those who sponsored it."

What Left-Wing Educators Don't Teach During 'Black History Month'.  Apart from the bizarre notion that educators should set aside one month to salute the historical achievements of one race apart from and above the historical achievements of other races, Black History Month appears to omit a lot of black history.  About slavery, do our mostly left-wing educators teach that slavery was not unique to America and is as old as humankind?  As economist and author Thomas Sowell says:  "More whites were brought as slaves to North Africa than blacks brought as slaves to the United States or to the 13 colonies from which it was formed.  White slaves were still being bought and sold in the Ottoman Empire, decades after blacks were freed in the United States."

The Derangement Syndromes of Our Time.  In his book, [Douglas] Murray claims that in postmodern society's retreat from the great narratives offered by religion, patriotism, and traditions of family and community, people have found new ideologies to absorb their passions:  social justice, identity politics, and intersectionality.  Taken only at face value, these ideologies aren't especially toxic. [...] The toxicity comes from what overlays these ideologies: oppressor versus oppressed, empowered versus powerless.  Murray explains how nearly every segment of our society has an activist cohort that purports to speak for them and demands restitution; women, gays, lesbians, transsexuals, and every conceivable ethnicity.

An Honest Conversation About Race?  Here Goes...  Publicly funded organizations are waving black applicants to the front of the line, and many private-sector companies maintain quota systems for purposes of public relations.  Lawsuits over racial prejudice (or the threat of such lawsuits) protect sub-par performance like some mythical Ring of Invincibility.  Yet [...] still, there you are, a young black male who emerged from high school hardly reading at seventh-grade level.  You couldn't even land a basketball scholarship, which is how your best friend got into college; but one thing you have indeed been able to do by the age of eighteen is sire three children on three different women — or girls — none of which children you ever see or pay a dime to support.  Or maybe you're one of the three girls.  You'll have another three or four kids before you're thirty (and perhaps the same number of abortions).  Medicaid gives you a couple of thou a month for each one of them — a really nice haul for unskilled labor.  So that's your job.  That's what your society has decreed you will be and do in this life:  a baby-mill, a womb that grinds out little ones with prospects even dimmer than yours.

Should we Partially Resegregate the University?  In the October 2019 Issue of the Atlantic, Jemele Hill makes a plea for black athletes to abandon the large-dollar athletic programs in prestigious, mostly white universities and populate the teams of Historic Black Colleges and Universities (HCBUs).  She feels that the amount of money gained from media contracts of divers sorts would be a highly welcome infusion of cash to those institutions that have served the black community so well over the years.

An Honest Discussion about Race in America.  [Scroll down]  I would ask these wealthy black celebs, how did Oprah cut through America's extreme racism to become a billionaire in a country that is only 12% black?  In progressives' desperate attempt to block the re-election of Trump, Democrats and their fake news media operatives absurdly claim that Trump along with the 63 million Americans who elected him are white supremacists.  If this were true, it would have been impossible for black Obama to be elected president two times.  Common sense tells us that the Democrats' presidential campaign is built upon a sinking-sand foundation of racial hatred and lies.  There are not enough white supremacists in America to fill a phone booth.  As for the KKK, there are only 8,000 of them out of 300 million Americans.  It is absurd to claim that the KKK and white supremacists are relevant in America today.  And yet, Democrats and fake news media will pound their crazy Trump-and-his-voters-are-white-supremacists lie into the heads of Americans 24/7 up to the 2020 election.

Pew Research: 109 U.S. Counties Become Majority-Minority Since 2000.  About 109 counties across the United States have become majority-minority in less than 20 years, new demographic data reveals.  The latest Pew Research Center study finds that between 2000 and 2018, 109 U.S. counties across 22 states have had their non-Hispanic white populations drop below 50 percent, while the Hispanic, Asian, and black American populations have all grown.

CNN eyes all-black panel show.  CNN is fast-tracking an all-black panel show, Page Six has exclusively learned.  We're told the cable network hopes to hire regular CNN contributors April Ryan, Andrew Gillum, Angela Rye and Bakari Sellers as panelists for a brand-new show.  The plan was kicked into high gear following the positive response the group received after appearing on the network's morning show, "New Day With Alisyn Camerota and John Berman" during the Democratic debates last week.

Woke Racism.  Well before Sigmund Freud formalized the idea of "projectionism" — the defense of one's own shortcomings and sins by attributing them to others [...] The term projection more or less sums up much of the woke identity politics movement, in which obsessions with racial privilege and tribal exceptionalism are justified by accusing others of just such bias.  While such racist projectionism can often be a psychological tic that assuages the guilt of one's own rank prejudice, just as often accusing others of racism is a peremptory careerist move to win media attention, lucre, or job advancement.

Joy Behar: 'It's outrageous and stupid to call a black person a racist.  "The View" co-host Joy Behar declared Monday [7/29/2019] that it's "outrageous and stupid" to call a black person racist as President Trump did over the weekend with Democratic Rep. Elijah E. Cummings.  "Elijah is the black man," Ms. Behar said on the show, according to a clip published by the Washington Examiner.  "He's calling the black man the racist.  I mean, I don't think people understand that particularly.  It's outrageous and stupid to call a black person a racist."

Yes, by all means, let's talk about black racism.

A failure to assimilate.  At long last we have someone in a position of power who isn't afraid to utter the truth in public.  Indeed, Trump relishes this sort of fight and is good at it.  Decent Americans of all colors have silently watched out-of-control black criminals destroy city after city because raising any questions, doubts or objections bring down storms of career-destroying, job-ending accusations of white racism or Uncle Tomism.  This is the race conversation America has needed for so long, a conversation where black destructiveness and visceral hatred of anything not black gets called out and held to account rather than excused and let go.  For decades in the inner-city thugs have murdered, raped, and destroyed with impunity as beleaguered police come under attack for doing their jobs.

Un-diverse US team ties for first place at International Math Olympiad.  Quick!  Call the diversity police!  For the fourth time in five years the US team placed first in the International Mathematical Olympiad, this year tying for first place with China.  The six U.S. team members also won gold medals for their individual high scores on the Olympiad, known as the world championship mathematics competition for high school students.  However, this very dominating winning team does not look like America — all members are males, 5 Asians and one Caucasian, judging by appearances.

How Washington Has Helped Destroy American Civil Society and Family Life.  [An] untold story of American life is that by the 1950s, the United States actually had a thriving black middle class.  Black business ownership peaked during the years between the end of the Second World War and the Great Society.  Every city with any significant black population hosted a black business district where a primarily black clientele spent their money within their own community.  Black home ownership was likewise high at this point.  This is all very much a thing of the past.  The per capita number of black employers declined by 12 percent between the years 1997 and 2014.

The Humanitarian Hoax of Black-Only College Graduation Ceremonies.  The Humanitarian Hoax is a deliberate and deceitful tactic of presenting a destructive policy as altruistic.  The humanitarian huckster presents himself as a compassionate advocate when in fact he is the disguised enemy.  The humanitarian hoax of black-only college graduation ceremonies is a classic example of destruction disguised as altruism.

MLK on his mini Mount Rushmore
So when will the MLK Jr statues and street signs come tumbling down?  This article — the subject largely ignored in the "main stream' and liberal press — reports on new substantiated revelations from FBI archives about Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s profligate, outrageous, abusive and exploitative sexual behavior.  It is entirely scandalous.  Likely true.  What will the left's reaction be?  Will it cool their jets about tearing down memorials to whoever they disfavor?  Will they show some consistency.  Will they end their hypocrisy?

In Ignoring Nasty FBI Info, Are The Media Protecting MLK Or 'Call-Out Culture'?  Martin Luther King Jr. biographer David Garrow recently wrote an article in the British magazine Standpoint on FBI files alleging King's adulteries were more prolific than previously known (including an orgy) and he may have fathered a child with one of his mistresses.  More explosively, the reports allege King laughed and offered advice to a friend committing sexual assault in his presence.  In response, The Federalist ran an article by Ellie Bufkin concerned that the latest allegations should not negate the greatness of King's achievements.  This concern was misplaced.  The establishment media in America not only refused to run the column Garrow pitched, but largely ignored it after it was published in the United Kingdom.  The story was kept off television, but for one segment by Laura Ingraham and one by Tucker Carlson.  The two flagships of American establishment journalism — The New York Times and the Washington Post — not only turned down the story, but ran articles attacking both it and Garrow.

A civilization with feet of clay.  North Carolina State University scholar Jason Miller was so dismayed by the newly declassified information on Martin Luther King that he halted his "two scholarly projects about King."  For one thing, any new research on King could potentially become radioactive in the era of #MeToo. [...] If Washington and Jefferson can become villains overnight, why not King?

Did American outlets refuse to publish the MLK sex transcripts?  It's #MeToo time for Martin Luther King — despite, historian David J. Garrow alleges, the efforts of senior staff at the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Atlantic, the LA Times and the Guardian.  In this week's Green Room podcast, Garrow, a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian, alleges that these outlets chose not to publish his discovery of transcripts from the FBI's taped surveillance of Martin Luther King.  Instead, Garrow's research was published this week in Britain's Standpoint magazine.  The transcripts report King, an icon of the Civil Rights era, taking part in orgies, coercing women into performing sex acts upon his friends, and laughing as he watches a fellow minister rape a parishioner.  In 1977, a court embargoed tapes of the FBI's surveillance until 2027.  There is no reason to doubt the accuracy of the transcripts.  Also in 1977, a report from the Justice Department's Office of Professional Responsibility confirmed that the transcripts faithfully reflect the recordings.

So, Where Are All Of The Protests Demanding That MLK Statues Be Torn Down?  In case you hadn't heard, Martin Luther King Jr. had a dark side.  According to the sourcelink, there are FBI recordings and documents that describe them which allege that MLK Jr. had multiple extra-marital affairs (40 even!), and that he watched and egged on a pastor as he raped a woman back in the 60s.  King biographer David Garrow has the details about the tapes, which will be sealed until 2027 in the US National Archives.  By the way, if anyone has any information about why stuff gets sealed for arbitrary amounts of time, that'd be awesome.  Because I don't get it.  What is it about 2027 that makes it the year everyone should finally hear these tapes?

Media Curiously Incurious About MLK Story.  The FBI investigated him under the pretext that his aides included people loyal to the Russian government rather than their own.  They used electronic surveillance to spy on him.  They pored over salacious material of a sexual nature.  The administration that initially authorized the spying denied, denied, denied.  Sound familiar?  The parallels between the peeping-tom state that surveilled Donald Trump in 2016 and Martin Luther King more than a half-century earlier appear uncanny.  Those parallels diverge when it comes to the mass media covering the ill-gotten, and surely in some cases false, information.

The MLK Story No One Wanted To Read.  "Bombshell" best describes David Garrow's lengthy piece "The Troubling Legacy of Martin Luther King." The article not only obliterates what we think we know about one of the most beloved figures in American history, it, like a bombshell, hurts people.  This includes the many admirers of Martin Luther King but also the various figures, including alleged paramours still alive, named in the article.  The manner in which the government assembled the derogatory information on King — gathered with the approval of Democratic officials, including Attorney General Robert Kennedy, all feigning support for the civil rights leader — sickens in a literal sense.  Using King's association with various figures involved with the Communist Party, the FBI bugged hotel rooms and surveilled King vigorously.  Yet, the bureau focused not on these ties — Garrow notes the bureau's disinterest in payments from Stanley Levison to King at the same time Levison helped bankroll the Communist Party — but instead fixated on the preacher's sexual pursuits behind closed doors.  In this, the FBI more resembled TMZ than a law-enforcement agency.  Garrow insists that, however morally corrupt the bureau's activities, they passed muster legally.

The left now has a MeToo problem with Martin Luther King, Jr.  The left, which has been so eager to topple statues of Confederate generals, slave-owning founding fathers such as Thomas Jefferson, even Kate Smith who sang objectionable racist songs early in her career, now has a Martin Luther King, Jr. problem. [...] And for the left, which has lived by the statue-toppling, it can now die by the statue-toppling.  It toppled Confederate statues and sought to erase the founding fathers from the history books, so now all the streets named for the great civil rights leader, all the postage stamps, the schools, the history book lessons, the holiday, the statues, the sculptures, and the memorials, well, they can take them down now over the [allegations] and the rape witnessing report as King was pretty much Weinstein-level in his transgressions.

The MLK tapes.  Secret FBI tapes that accuse Martin Luther King Jr of having extramarital affairs with '40 to 45 women' and even claim he 'looked on and laughed' as a pastor friend raped a parishioner exist, an author has claimed. [...] Writing in British magazine Standpoint, [biographer David] Garrow says that the shocking files could lead to a 'painful historical reckoning' for the man who is celebrated across the world for his campaign against racial injustice.

Russian documents reveal desire to sow racial discord — and violence — in the U.S.  Russians who were linked to interference in the 2016 U.S. election discussed ambitious plans to stoke unrest and even violence inside the U.S. as recently as 2018, according to documents reviewed by NBC News.  The documents — communications between associates of Yevgeny Prigozhin, a Kremlin-linked oligarch indicted by special counsel Robert Mueller for previous influence operations against the U.S. — laid out a new plot to manipulate and radicalize African-Americans.  The plans show that Prigozhin's circle has sought to exploit racial tensions well beyond Russia's social media and misinformation efforts tied to the 2016 election.

Gibson's Bakery v. Oberlin College — Trial Day 7 — Damages Expert says Show Gibson's The Money!  Today [5/20/2019] was Day 7 of witness testimony in Gibson Bros. v. Oberlin College. The events giving rise to the lawsuit have been said to represent "the worst of identity politics." [...] In a half day of testimony that was full of numbers, the jury deciding whether Oberlin College defamed and libeled a small business heard that the bakery/market had already lost and will lose about $5.8 million from the school's alleged racist accusations.  That number was arrived at by an independent accountant who based that figure on losses over a 30 year period.

Critical Race Theory is destroying our country.  Critical Race Theory holds that American society is irredeemably racist in favor of the white majority.  The thinking is that in a racially oppressive society, though you may also have in common with another your sex, your likes or dislikes, your religion, your political ideas, even your disposition, ethnic commonality or skin color matters beyond anything else.  For this reason, only someone of your ethnicity can ever really understand you or grasp your deep-down motives for your actions. [...] The idea is that the oppression makes things happen on its own because it so overwhelms everything else, and justice needs to take this into account in determining guilt.  This is how people arrive at the notion that blacks can't be racist or, indeed, guilty of much of anything.

'People of Color' Is a Marxist Phrase.  Let's Stop Using It.  Like most ideologies, social justice has a lexicon of its own, complete with both formal terms emanating from the academic world and terms emerging colloquially from everyday use by its adherents.  The phrase "people" or "person of color" is one of these terms.  "People of color" is the social justice term used to describe non-white people.  On the surface, the phrase is a pleasant-sounding and politically correct way to describe non-white people.  However, when digging deeper, it is clear that the phrase is Marxist in origin and meaning.  Marx wanted to abolish many social institutions — the family unit, private property, and the past — in order to create a completely classless, equitable society.

Dear Black Americans:  Forget the Race Issue.  The fact is that the Civil Rights Acts went about as far as politics and legislation can go for any marginalized and oppressed group.  Ever since, we have been arguing about girl stuff like "I can't believe she said that."  We have been arguing about trifles.

Senate backs bill to officially make lynching a federal hate crime as Harris, Booker join forces.  The Senate on Thursday [2/14/2019] unanimously backed a bill to make lynching a federal crime, a step cast as righting a historic wrong after nearly 100 years of failed attempts.  The legislation, approved on a voice vote, would ensure that lynching triggers an enhanced sentence under federal law, like other hate crimes.  The measure was sponsored by the Senate's three African-American members:  Kamala Harris, D-Calif., Cory Booker, D-N.J., and Tim Scott, R-S.C.

Without Elitist Racialism, There Is Little Racism.  Because race relations have changed so quickly in America over the last few decades, racism is far less a problem in this country than racialism.  A racialist is a person who looks at all society through the prism of race, the way Marx attributed all social phenomena as somehow determined by economic class relationships.  The racialist sees "dog whistles" everywhere, ever so subtle evidences that racism continues to exist in the subterranean recesses of people's psyche that even the accused "racists" are not aware of.  Down here the ordinary people on the streets are neither racists nor racialists.  Racialism is essentially a political phenomenon and so is largely confined to the political/media elites and to those who have been indoctrinated with this idea at our universities.

Lessons From the Past.  Back in 1948, the unemployment rate for 17-year-old black males was just under 10 percent, and no higher than the unemployment rate among white male 17-year-olds.  How could that be, when we have for decades gotten used to seeing unemployment rates for teenage males that have been some multiple of what it was then — and with black teenage unemployment often twice as high, or higher, than white teenage unemployment?  Many people automatically assume that racism explains the large difference in unemployment rates between black and white teenagers today.  Was there no racism in 1948?  No sane person who was alive in 1948 could believe that.  Racism was worse — and of course there was no Civil Rights Act of 1964 then.  How then could there be this low unemployment rate, with virtually no racial difference?

DNA pioneer James Watson has final honours stripped amid racism row.  Eminent geneticist James Watson has had the last of his honorary titles stripped from him after doubling down on controversial statements about race and intelligence.  The Nobel Prize-winning scientist, who with Francis Crick and Rosalind Franklin discovered the double-helix structure of DNA, has been embroiled in controversy for more than a decade.  In 2007 he lost his job at Cold Spring Harbour Laboratory for making racist remarks, but retained three honorary titles there including chancellor emeritus.

Liberal Professor:  "Mowing Your Lawn" and "Acting Respectable" Is Racist.  You can always count on the social justice warriors to take an absolutely normal thing Americans do and turn it into some sort of offensive and racist act.  Is this how they try and keep themselves relevant?  The latest insane issue that's got the SJW's all up in arms is that it's racist to mow your lawn.  It's the ultimate in white supremacy to get out the lawnmower and mow.  According to these nutjobs, it's an aggressive action that says, "stay off my lawn".

Acceptable Racism.  [Scroll down]  One person excused [Sarah] Jeong's tweets by saying they "were not racist" but merely "jokes about white people."  Leftists have been taught utter nonsense by their college professors.  The most insidious lesson taught is who can and who cannot be a racist.  Jeong was born in South Korea in 1988 and became a U.S. citizen in 2017, so she is a minority.  According to the thinking of academia's intellectual elite, a minority person cannot be a racist.  The reason is that minorities don't have the political, economic and institutional power to adversely affect the lives of whites.  Such reasoning is beyond stupid.

Campus Identity Politics Are Leading To Racially Self-Segregated Dorms And Parties.  Ironically, a campus culture rampant with identity politics has only reinforced social divisions and discouraged integration.  At UMass, in the liberal bastion of Western Massachusetts, walk into any dining hall and you'll see some students socializing across racial lines — but most often, black students will be sitting together, while nearby tables are filled with white students.  This is all voluntary, but it's sad to see such self-segregation.  Campus housing isn't much better, as many Asian students choose to live in one area together on campus, for no real reason.

Meet the Perfect Democratic Candidate (Except for a Few Things).  See if any of this sounds familiar:  He's a biracial community organizer, working for civil rights and social justice.  Check.  He spent his boyhood in a place with an African-American population of 0.55 percent and more famous for golf courses and whale watching than urban unrest.  Check.  He's a graduate of Columbia University, where his consciousness was raised inside and outside the classroom.  Check.  He builds diverse coalitions to hold government officials accountable and bring about change.  Check.  Who is this Obamaesque activist who sounds like every progressive's idea of the perfect political candidate?  He's Ben Jealous, former contentious CEO of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, now the Democratic Party's candidate for governor of Maryland.  And he's about to get [soundly defeated].

Blacks' approval of Trump reaches a high of 21% and NAACP charges 'racism'.  President Trump continues to show improvement among African-Americans, but the NAACP Tuesday called him a racist.  In fact, in a new poll released by the group today, Trump's approval rating among blacks has reached 21 percent, more than double what it was in an April Reuters poll.  But in its analysis, the NAACP slammed Trump and even went as far as claiming that Trump is setting race relations back, a charge that echoes recent media criticism of the president for slamming hoops star LeBron James.

A Half Century of Amnesia.  [H]ow can the Democrats build an "excited, diverse coalition" among people who, by definition, don't really have much in common?  The Democratic coalition is always on the verge of flying apart in fratricidal enmity.  At the moment, for example, the media is stoking black rage toward white women, whom The New York Times is repeatedly calling by the racist slur "Becky," for summoning the police when they feel unsafe.  The one thing the Democrats' confederacy of the dissimilar can share is hatred of whites, or, to be precise, cisgender straight white men.  This is why the press keeps pushing endless hate hoaxes.

Our National Conversation on Race is a Joke.  The way we discuss and deal with race in this country is a moral atrocity, and the media and academia are doing nothing to improve our plight; in fact, they are actively fanning the flames of bigotry, cloaking it in respectable language.  They are pushing racism, full stop.  I don't care how smooth they sound.  We will never have an honest reckoning with these charged issues until these dishonest hucksters — in the media, in academia, in politics, in corporate America's HR departments — are exposed and driven from the conversation into the wilderness of contemptible irrelevance.

The Left Has Made Racism the Practical Choice.  Leftists have a charming habit of embarking on crusades that end up accomplishing the exact opposite of what was supposedly intended.  Anti-poverty programs that not only increase poverty, but institutionalize it.  School desegregation programs that end up creating more segregation, as whites flee public schools in droves.  Affirmative-action programs ostensibly enacted to make colleges and universities more "diverse," yet which, in practice, result in Asians being denied entry.  I'm not going to spout the old cliché about good intentions paving the road to hell, because I don't think the left actually has good intentions.  When it comes to race, I think the left is motivated more by hate than by "good intentions."  Hatred of whites primarily, but also hatred of inconvenient minority groups that succeed without rigged test scores and points added for skin color.

Only Uncle Tom Celebrates July 4th?  American leftists cannot restrain themselves from throwing stink-bombs at all things wholesome and good.  July 4th, my wife Mary read two articles in which black writers scolded blacks for celebrating Independence Day.  They claim that us blacks have nothing to celebrate because we were not free in 1776.  Why are leftists so hellbent on instilling in me and my fellow blacks a belief that America is not our country?  America has repented of her sins long ago.  The Civil War was fought to liberate blacks from slavery.  White abolitionists broke the law by teaching blacks to read. [...] My point is that American history is replete with godly whites who helped blacks; sometimes risking everything.  And yet, leftists have successfully sold blacks their lie that any success achieved by blacks is in spite of racist white America.  Blacks are only 12% of the population.  Much of black wealth in America is the result of white help and patronage.

College Destruction of Black Students.  Amy Wax, a University of Pennsylvania law professor, has come under attack and scathing criticism because she dared criticize the school's racial preferences program.  In an interview with Brown University economist Glenn Loury, discussing affirmative action, Wax mentioned how racial preferences hinder the ability of blacks to succeed academically by admitting them into schools at which they are in over their heads academically.  At Penn's seventh-ranked law school, Wax said, she doesn't think that she has ever seen a black law student graduate in the top quarter of his class, and "rarely" is a black student in the top half.  That got her into deep trouble.  Penn students and faculty members charged her with racism.  Penn Law School Dean Ted Ruger stripped Wax of her duty of teaching her mandatory first-year class on civil procedures.  I'm guessing that Penn's law faculty members know Wax's statement is true but think it was something best left unsaid in today's racially charged climate.

The Right to Discriminate.  The left has created a macabre myth that runs counter to the whole experience of mankind.  The left has persuaded the gullible masses of America, including, sadly, most conservatives, that "discrimination" by individuals and businesses is wrong and that it violates the Constitution.  Precisely the opposite is true.  All serious cognition and all honest moral judgments involve discrimination.  When individuals and businesses are not free to discriminate, then the power to determine what is true and false and good and bad becomes the sole property of the state — or that even more odious creature, that lobotomized Frankenstein monster, "society."

"Black Is A Color, Not A Race".  I am fed up with hearing "black conservative this, black conservative that," and "black conservatives say this" and "black conservatives say that," ad nauseum.  And don't get me started on my contempt for the "African-American" assignation.  My personal empirical experience(s), persuades me that when a cogent and articulate opinion is presented, said is based upon something far superior to a crayon color.  I am furthermore persuaded that the strength of any discourse, intellectual or not, is based upon the ability to present reasoned opinion and that is not based upon skin-color.  My business cards include the following personal quote:  "Black is a color, not a race."  I am persuaded that it is time for America to move beyond crayons and coloring books.  And using verbal crayons is exactly what is being done with this damnable insistence upon the prostitution of "skin color.  It is tantamount to taking a crayon and trying to color without going outside the lines.

Fahrenheit 451 Updated.  [Amy] Wax and [Larry] Alexander were roundly condemned by their university colleagues. [...] What they found especially egregious was Wax and Alexander's observation that "All cultures are not equal."  That hissing noise you hear is the sharp intake of breath at the utterance of such a sentiment.  The tort was compounded by Wax's later statements in an interview that "Everyone wants to go to countries ruled by white Europeans" because "Anglo-Protestant cultural norms are superior."  Can you believe it?  Professor Wax actually had the temerity to utter this plain, irrefragable, impolitic truth.  Everyone knows this to be the case.  As William Henry argued back in the 1990s in his undeservedly neglected book In Defense of Elitism, "the simple fact [is] that some people are better than others — smarter, harder working, more learned, more productive, harder to replace."

Deep-Freezing the Truth at Penn.  The diversity imperative demands dissimulation and evasion.  The academic-achievement gap, the behavioral differences that produce socioeconomic disparities, and the ubiquity of racial preferences must all be suppressed in public discourse, since they undercut the narrative that white racism is the driving force in American society.  This dissimulation was on display last week at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, when Dean Ted Ruger announced that law professor Amy Wax would no longer teach mandatory first-year law courses at the school. [...] Wax was deemed a "white supremacist" for suggesting that not all cultures were equal in preparing people for participation in a modern economy.

Black Panther, White Suckers.  After seeing Black Panther, there is no doubt that the marketing gurus who turned Black Panther into the most talked about movie of the decade were playing us like a nation of willing and ignorant marks. [...] Joy Reid, MSNBC's resident arbiter of all things racist — and all things are racist — had a joyful interview with the guy who wrote the cover story for Time Magazine on the movie.  After about four minutes of celebrating Black Panther as the greatest artistic achievement in history, mostly because it had black actors and a black director, they turned to their reliable whipping boy and source of all problems for black people in America:  Donald Trump and his followers.  They both agreed that Trump supporters are haters, but not even the haters could stop this tsunami of truth about black victimization and ultimately triumph over white racism.  But that is far from what the movie is about.

California school science project that connected race and IQ is pulled after complaints.  A science fair project at a California high school faced criticism earlier this week after it compared race and IQ levels in connection to participation in an elite program at the school, The Sacramento Bee reported Saturday [2/10/2018].  The project, titled "Race and IQ," was put together by a C.K. McClatchy High School student who is part of the school's elite Humanities and International Studies Program.  It was displayed in the fair on Monday, the outlet said.  In comparing intelligence levels, the project reportedly questioned whether particular races were smart enough for the school's magnet program and whether a racial disparity was justified.

Police-focused NFL protests overlook rising, disproportionate black homicide rate.  Lost in the uproar over the NFL sideline protests against police brutality are newly released statistics showing that the threat to black men is skyrocketing — not from trigger-happy or racist cops, but from crime.  More than any other demographic group, black men are paying the price with their lives with a surging violent crime rate over the past two years, including a 20 percent jump in the overall homicide rate, even as the number of blacks killed by police declines.  Using homicide figures from the 2016 FBI Uniform Crime Report released Sept. 25, Manhattan Institute fellow Heather Mac Donald found that the number of black homicide victims has jumped by nearly 900 per year since the Black Lives Matter movement took root in 2014.  "The majority of victims of that homicide surge have been black," Ms. Mac Donald said in an email.  "They were killed overwhelmingly by black criminals, not by the police and not by whites."

Blacks vs.  Police.  Let's throw out a few numbers so we can put in perspective the NFL players taking a knee during the playing of the national anthem.  Many say they are protesting against police treatment of blacks and racial discrimination.  We might ask just how much sense their protest makes.  According to The Washington Post, 737 people have been shot and killed by police this year in the United States.  Of that number, there were 329 whites, 165 blacks, 112 Hispanics, 24 members of other races and 107 people whose race was unknown.  In Illinois, home to one of our most dangerous cities — Chicago — 18 people have been shot and killed by police this year.  In the city itself, police have shot and killed ten people and shot and wounded ten others.  Somebody should ask the kneeling black NFL players why they are protesting this kind of killing in the Windy City and ignoring other sources of black death.

Hard Data, Hollow Protests.  The FBI released its official crime tally for 2016 today, and the data flies in the face of the rhetoric that professional athletes rehearsed in revived Black Lives Matter protests over the weekend.  Nearly 900 additional blacks were killed in 2016 compared with 2015, bringing the black homicide-victim total to 7,881.  Those 7,881 "black bodies," in the parlance of Ta-Nehisi Coates, are 1,305 more than the number of white victims (which in this case includes most Hispanics) for the same period, though blacks are only 13 percent of the nation's population.  The increase in black homicide deaths last year comes on top of a previous 900-victim increase between 2014 and 2015.  Who is killing these black victims?  Not whites, and not the police, but other blacks.

5 Problems With The NFL's National Anthem Protest.  [Problem #1]  Vague and Unclear Protest Goals:  One of the keys to a good protest is to have a clear goal.  If the discussions on Sunday [9/24/2017] were any indication, nobody is entirely clear what is being protested when athletes kneel during the national anthem.  CNN said yesterday's display was about opposition to Trump: [...] The opening paragraph in the Los Angeles Times story on the protests said they were about "the relentless vortex of controversy that surrounds President Trump, as players from London to New England to Carson knelt or linked arms Sunday while others stayed in the locker room during the national anthem."  Later the story said the protests during the national anthem were meant to "draw attention to racism and social injustice."  The national anthem protests began last year, before Donald Trump was elected the first time, when then-professional quarterback Colin Kaepernick took a knee for a variety of reasons.

Leftists Decry Straight Black Men as 'The White People of Black People'.  In a column for The Root's "Very Smart Brothas," writer Damon Young accused straight black men of having the "type of privilege created for and protected by whiteness."  Black men, while victims of the white man's oppressiveness, are the oppressors of the nonheterosexual/male black person.  "We're the ones for whom the first black president created an entire initiative to assist and uplift," Young, a black man, wrote.  "We're the ones whose beatings and deaths at the hands of the police galvanize the community in a way that the beatings and sexual assaults and deaths that those same police inflict upon black women do not.  We're the ones whose mistreatment inspired a boycott of the NFL despite the NFL's long history of mishandling and outright ignoring far worse crimes against black women."

CNN Panel Questions Black Guest's "Blackness" Because He Supports POTUS Trump.  What a horrible thing to see on national television a man have his ethnicity called into question because he happens to subscribe to a different political viewpoint than others.  This kind of thing isn't American.  It is an example of the kind of group-think tyranny that every single totalitarian monstrosity throughout human history was built upon.

The Shameful Blackout of Thomas, Sowell and Williams.  Clarence Thomas, one of nine members of the Supreme Court and the second black to ever join the Court, is not in the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. Asked to explain Thomas' absence, the chief spokeswoman for the Smithsonian said, "The museum's exhibitions are based on themes, not individuals."  Yet the museum plans to add a popular local D.C. television news broadcaster.  The museum's founding director, Lonnie Bunch, said the broadcaster "symbolized that it was really important that America was changing and his presence was a symbol of that change."  And Thomas, raised in poverty to become only the second black to sit on the Supreme Court, is not "a symbol of that change"?

San Francisco Transit Withholds Surveillance Tapes To Avoid Creating Racial 'Stereotypes'.  The Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) system in San Francisco and Oakland has been withholding video evidence of crimes committed on trains and at stations perpetrated by groups of teenagers, it has been revealed.  According to CBS Local, dozens of teenagers committed large-scale acts of robbery and assaults in the months of April and June.  In April, "forty to sixty" teenagers boarded a train at Coliseum stop, where they proceeded to rob seven passengers and beat up two.  In June, four teens assaulted a passenger and stole his cellphone.  Just two days later, about a dozen teens snatched the phone of a woman on a train.  In each of these cases, BART has refused to publish surveillance footage, citing fears that the videos could create negative racial perceptions.

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Stereotypes don't just appear out of nowhere — especially when the stereotype is just a description of the perpetrators.

Jason Riley's False Black Power published today.  Jason Riley of the Manhattan Institute, whom you may recognize as a frequent panelist on Fox News's Special Report, has written an elegant short book that makes a powerful case on the solution to race relations in the United States.  As the title indicates, Riley believes that America's African-American community has been badly served by the emphasis on achieving political power as a means to advance.

The Democrats' Second Secession & America's New Civil War.  The idea that creates the identity "American" is summarized in America's official motto:  e pluribus unum — out of many, one.  It took a Civil War and two hundred years of sacrifice and struggle to achieve a polity that approached this ideal.  If one political faction is now able to redefine the ideal to conform to its own sectarian beliefs, the country we have known will cease to exist.  But that is just what the current creed of the Democratic Party — "identity politics" — entails, and is why the current divisions in our political life seem so intractable.  Identity politics is, in fact, the antithesis of the American idea.  It is a reversion to tribal loyalties.  It regards diverse origins — colors, ethnicities, genders and classes — as primary, and proposes a hierarchy of privilege based on them, which it justifies as a reversal of past oppressions.

Why I find the black community's response to Trump's election a little embarrassing.  Just fifty years ago, our people were bravely marching for our freedom while facing the threat of bombings, lynchings, and ruthless beatings.  Are we — predominantly middle-class blacks — now going to cower in fear of a few racial slurs?  And for those who think the latter a precursor to the former:  the people making insensitive remarks in your workplace are not the same people who would burn a cross on your lawn.

Clarence Thomas:  Disappeared by the Smithsonian.  The Smithsonian has opened a new National Museum of African American History and Culture, a long overdue addition to its offerings.  And in this version of African-American history and culture, black conservatives do not exist.  Specifically, the life and career of Supreme Court justice Clarence Thomas have been — forgive the term — whitewashed from the record.  Anita Hill, an obscure functionary who achieved for herself a moment of fleeting fame when she advanced the interests of the Democratic party by smearing Clarence Thomas with lurid, flimsily documented allegations of sexual harassment, is presented as a major figure of the 20th century.  The scholar and jurist who actually sits on the Supreme Court?  Clarence Thomas is an invisible man, so far as the Smithsonian is concerned.

Prof: I Chose Not To Have Children, Because They'd Be White.  A white Ivy League professor has taken to the pages of the Huffington Post to condemn her own race, declaring that she chose never to reproduce because her children would simply inherit white privilege.  Ali Michael, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania's (Penn) Graduate School of Education, was prompted to write by the Rachel Dolezal saga, in which the head of Spokane's NAACP branch was revealed to be a white woman who simply identifies as black and has assimilated into black culture.  Dolezal's aspiration to forsake whiteness and embrace a new race, Michael says, is actually a routine one among whites who are repulsed by the racism and privilege they see all around them.

Clarence Thomas Is Conspicuously Absent In The New Black History Smithsonian.  Justice Clarence Thomas, the second black man to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court, is practically absent from the new National Museum of African American History and Culture.  Anita Hill, the woman who accused Thomas of sexual harassment, however, is given prominent billing in the museum.

What Responsibility Do Black Americans Have to Prevent Police Shootings?  The job of the police is to deal with the dangerous, deranged people that the rest of us would rather avoid.  Because of that, a number of police officers are going to kill people who pull out guns, attack them, act in a bizarre and dangerous way that makes them think they have a weapon they are about to pull out, etc., etc., etc.  Under perfect circumstances, even if everything is followed to the letter of the law, the police are going to kill people every year.  This is an unavoidable reality.  Additionally, it is also an unavoidable reality that some people from all races, including black Americans, are going to be killed by the police.

Separate but equal schools:
University offers segregated housing to shield black students from 'microaggressions'.  Segregated housing will now be available to black students at California State University Los Angeles as a means of combating "microaggressions" and "racially insensitive remarks."  School officials have honored requests by CSLA's Black Student Union and will offer "housing space delegated for Black students" at the Halisi Scholars Black Living-Learning Community.  CSLA spokesman Robert Lopez told education watchdog the College Fix on Tuesday [9/6/2016] via email that its segregated housing will also focus on "academic excellence and learning experiences that are inclusive and non-discriminatory."

The Ugly Truth Of Leftist "Heroes".  [Scroll down to Nelson Mandela] The reality:  Most people assume this grandfatherly teddy bear was a political prisoner; jailed only for protesting apartheid.  Instead, he was a terrorist jailed for a bomb plot, yet he's been bestowed a ridiculous number of honors including the Nobel Peace Prize and the Lenin Peace Prize.  Despite pleading guilty to 156 charges, the government later offered to free him if he renounced violence, but this "man of peace" refused.  Other than that, he was a closet Communist.  After he assumed power, he fumbled the ball on the AIDS issue, leaving South Africa with one of the world's worst infection rates.  Also, beginning with his administration, the New, Improved South Africa went from being an industrialized country to a crime-ridden Third World hellhole.

White Lives Matter to be listed as hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center: 'Everything about it is racist'.  The White Lives Matter movement will be designated as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, the organization revealed Friday [8/26/2016].  The white supremacist group will be listed in February on the center's Hate Map, a compilation of the country's known hate groups and their chapters' locations.  "I can't speak to how many chapters will be listed, but it's clear that the leadership of the group, the ends of the group — it's just a flat out white supremacist group," Heidi Beirich, Director of Intelligence Project at SPLC, said in an interview with the Houston Chronicle.  "The ideology behind it, the racist leaders, everything about it is racist," she added.

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Substitute "black" for "white" in the article above and it gets closer to the truth.

The Scientific Method Is Racist.  The social justice warriors at Brown University are describing an "analysis tool" that has come to be known as critical theory.  When refined to address racial issues (primarily African-American), its name is critical race theory (CRT).  The theoretical framework of CRT was developed in the mid- to late 1980s to better understand black oppression in the United States.  Its major themes now include white privilege and micro-aggression.  It is taught in nearly every grievance department in the country (women's studies, African-American studies, Hispanic studies, and ethnic studies).  The white privilege theme was first introduced in a 1988 paper by Peggy McIntosh.  Ms. McIntosh suggested that issues involving Band-Aid color and free hotel shampoo, rather than education deficiencies and a breakdown in the family structure, are impediments to black progress in America.  Offshoots of CRT have been developed for other marginalized groups.

The secret history of the Democratic Party.  [P]rogressives who are forced to acknowledge the Democratic Party's pro-slavery history promptly respond, "We admit to being the party of slavery, and we did uphold the institution for more than a century, but slavery ended in 1865, so all of this was such a long time ago.  You can't blame us now for the antebellum wrongs of the Democratic Party."  Yes, but what about the postbellum crimes of the Democratic Party?  From Democratic support for slavery, let's turn to the party's complicity in segregation and the Ku Klux Klan.  Democrats in the 1880s invented segregation and Jim Crow laws that lasted through the 1960s.  Democrats also came up with the "separate but equal" rationale that justified segregation and pretended that it was for the benefit of African Americans.  The Ku Klux Klan was founded in 1866 in Pulaski, Tennessee by a group of former confederate soldiers; its first grand wizard was a confederate general who was also a delegate to the Democratic National Convention. [...] Leading Democrats including at least one president, two Supreme Court justices, and innumerable Senators and Congressmen were Klan members.  The last one, Robert Byrd, died in 2010 and was eulogized by President Obama and former President Bill Clinton.

What a real conversation on race requires (no, we haven't had one yet).  The past week demonstrated the futility and perils of talking about race honestly, especially in public.  Activists and politicians on both sides each have a narrative that suits their interests.  To them, a "national conversation on race" is simply an opportunity to deliver a self-righteous lecture that elicits a mea culpa.  That's not going to work.

Die-versity: 64% of Last 25 Mass Shooters Were Ethnically Diverse.  Commenter Antonymous looks up who perpetrated the last 25 mass shootings/bombings according to the Los Angeles Times list of "Deadliest U.S. Mass Shootings:"  ["]Kamikaze killers are aptly named, in that they are largely committed by foreign or non-traditional Americans.  In the last ten years, there have been 16 mass shootings/bombings by non-whites, primarily immigrants and/or muslims — most of which targeted whites.  There were 9 mass shooting by whites, only two of which were racially motivated.  Contrary to the current narrative, whites are significantly overrepresented as victims and underrepresented as perpetrators.["]

Eric Holder:  Fingerprinting Is Racist.  Former Attorney General Eric Holder has come out against proposals in Chicago and New Jersey to require fingerprint background checks of drivers for ride-hailing platforms such as Uber and Lyft.  Why would President Obama's onetime top lawman come out against regulation that is supposed to protect the riding public?  Credit the intersection of two forces.  First, Holder's tony corporate law firm, Covington & Burling, represents Uber.  Also, as Holder sees it, requiring drivers to submit fingerprints may "have a discriminatory impact on communities of color."

When #BlackLivesMatter activists lie, people die.  People die — make that, black people die — and no one seems to care.  Homicide statistics continue to climb, and none of the digital ink spilled between the #BlackLivesMatter and the #AllLivesMatter Twitter crowds have made an ounce of difference.

'Three black teenagers' Google search sparks outrage.  Google image searches for "three black teenagers" and "three white teenagers" get very different results, raising troubling questions about how racial bias in society and the media is reflected online.  Kabir Alli, an 18-year-old graduating senior from Clover Hill High School in Midlothian, Va., posted a video clip on Twitter this week of a Google image search for "three black teenagers" which turned up an array of police mugshots.  He and friends then searched for "three white teenagers," and found groups of smiling young people.

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Maybe that's because black teenagers don't smile:  If you smile for a photograph you are acting white.  Smiling is what weaklings and losers do, after all.  Google can't find photographs that do not exist.

Black Lives Do Matter But Not To Leftists.  Before the government stepped in with its largesse, blacks were doing quite well in New York City.  There is an area in Manhattan's Harlem called Sugar Hill with townhouses and apartment buildings which once were as glamorous as Fifth Avenue.  Wealthy blacks in the entertainment industry, medical, legal and other professions called it their home.

Clemson professor rebukes protesters' 'shallow, narrow, uninformed' demands.  "The 'See the Stripes' group is fixed on revenge, on embarrassing the university and they have little or nothing to fear from the administration," [Professor J. David Woodard] wrote.  "Meanwhile, the rest of the campus is persecuted by their antics, which have virtually no intellectual or scholarly merit.  Their words and actions have none of the markings Martin Luther King Jr. had when he said, 'We must learn to live together as brothers, or perish as fools.'  We're perishing, and the ghosts of 1,500 students who decided not to attend the University of Missouri next fall in reaction to the antics of the faculty are watching to see what Clemson does."

Satisfying smackdown of a politically correct university president.  When The Bell Curve, a dispassionate and rigorously scholarly study of intelligence and class structure, written by the late Richard Herrnstein and Charles Murray, was published in 1994, outrage from the politically correct was immediate. [...] This book was, in other words, forbidden knowledge and the taboo was being enforced by random affluent progressives, because among other topics, it discussed the indisputable fact that IQ varies in statistically significant degree by race, and it examined the various explanations for why that might be the case.  The position of [...] almost the entire left-leaning segment of the public and the chattering class was that such questions must not even be asked.

Frank Gaffney: Southern Poverty Law Center Is Acting As A Surrogate Group For Islamic Supremacists.  Frank Gaffney, the founder and president of the Center for Security Policy, tells One America News Network that the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) is attempting to silence him for speaking out about the threat posed by radical Islam.  He appeared on Tipping Point with Liz Wheeler this week, defending his organization against the assault from the left wing SPLC.  Gaffney said that the SPLC used to be a legitimate civil rights organization, but now the group is a militant left wing outfit that targets pro-freedom groups.

Black and Unarmed: Behind the Numbers.  [Scroll down]  It is worth looking at the specific cases included in the [Washington] Post's unarmed victim classification in some detail, since that category is the most politically explosive.  The "unarmed" label is literally accurate, but it frequently fails to convey highly-charged policing situations.  In a number of cases, if the victim ended up being unarmed, it was certainly not for lack of trying.  At least five black victims had reportedly tried to grab the officer's gun, or had been beating the cop with his own equipment.  Some were shot from an accidental discharge triggered by their own assault on the officer.  And two individuals included in the Post's "unarmed black victims" category were struck by stray bullets aimed at someone else in justified cop shootings.  If the victims were not the intended targets, then racism could have played no role in their deaths.

A Retrospective on the Obama Years.  It has been seven years since the election of our first black president.  Seven years since a supposed post-partisan (even post-racial) era was to begin.  But expectations were too high, especially among those who were certain the country's major problems were racially based.  The pundits got it wrong.  "Hope" and "change" turned out to be mere campaign slogans.  America's racial divide has deepened.  And a previously slobbering media has (unhappily) reported on a sharply divided (and coarsened) America.  Such naïve expectations had no connection to reality in the first place.

Colorblind America: A Malignant Fallacy.  [Scroll down]  Additionally, we know that race matters in the area of crime.  As the great yet criminally under-appreciated Heather Mac Donald from the Manhattan Institute has noted time and time again in her groundbreaking pieces on black criminality in the New York area, black crime rates are astronomical in relation to their rate in the population — as well as in comparison to other races.  Indisputably, it is the calculated liberal corrosion of the black family via progressive policies that caused the massive explosion of black criminality.  Do you think conservatives should continue to unconcernedly sit back and pretend that race is a nonexistent phenomenon while liberals continue to promote policies that target, and thus disproportionately affect, specific races?  I certainly hope not.

Just To Be Clear.  Words don't simply lose meaning by themselves; the meaning is stripped from them through abuse.  To be called a racist was once a serious charge, as was to claim racism.  Unfortunately for real victims of racism, every utterance today is subject to accusations of racism, which dilutes real incidents of racism to background noise.  Once left-wing activists discovered they could mobilize masses, obtain influence and power, and, more importantly, monetize claims of racism, real or manufactured, it was game on.  The word may have retained its meaning, but the charge is all but meaningless.

Robert E. Lee, American icon.  Robert E. Lee rode south on a morning in April 1861, crossing the Potomac to his estate in Arlington.  He had turned down President Lincoln's offer of every soldier's dream — command of the army of the United States, a position he had longed for, and now he rode toward a position and a destiny he had never dreamed of.  He could not know what lay ahead, but he could see a storm gathering.  Lee had hoped Virginia would not secede, indeed, hoped that none of the states would.  The man who has been called America's greatest soldier hardly resembles the mean caricature drawn by the politically correct in the strife and tumult of the present day.

How Obama has turned back the clock on race relations.  Americans celebrating Martin Luther King Day today should be proud of the incredible progress made since the civil-rights leader's birth 87 years ago.  At the same time, we should lament one of President Obama's greatest failures.  The last Democratic president and the last Republican president both managed race relations more effectively than Obama has.  Seven years after American voters made history by electing the country's first black president, racial tensions have worsened.

15 Stats That Destroy Liberal Narratives.  "Consider, for example, that in 1958 a mere 4 percent of Americans approved of interracial marriage.  By 2013, that number had grown to 87 percent.  In 2012 these once-taboo unions hit an all-time high.  Ku Klux Klan membership has shrunk drastically from millions a century ago to fewer than 5,000 today.  The Black Panthers are essentially extinct.  While plenty of other hate groups have attempted to fill the void, they have always operated on the margins of society.  Black politicians are now common — President Obama's percentage of the white vote was almost perfectly in line with that received by other recent Democrats, all of whom were white.  Granted, these statistics offer but a snapshot of American society, but the more one looks, the more a trend emerges.  America is a lot of things; racist isn't one of them."

Black college students demanding more black professors don't realize 'they are demanding the impossible.'.  In recent weeks, America's campuses have been on the front page.  Instances of racial insensitivity and acts have caused black students primarily to protest campus climates that sometimes are hostile.  The epicenter was Columbia, Missouri, but demonstrations have sprouted from coast to coast. [...] Some of the demands have called for changes in leadership, both administrators and student leaders.  Some have asked for mandatory diversity training for all members of the campus community.  Still others have asked for counseling and academic support targeted toward underrepresented groups on campus.  They all ask for one thing:  More black faculty.  There is unanimity in the belief more faculty who look like them will go a long way in solving these issues.  There is an old saying that you can't get blood from a turnip.  In the same regard, you cannot hire black faculty that do not exist.

Riot ideology: Results through coercion.  In the summer of 1966, Attorney General Nicholas Katzenbach warned that there would be riots by angry, poor minority residents in "30 or 40" American cities if Congress didn't pass President Lyndon Johnson's Model Cities antipoverty legislation.  In the late 1960s, New York Mayor John Lindsay used the fear of such rioting to expand welfare rolls dramatically at a time when the black male unemployment rate was about 4 percent.  And in the 1980s, Washington, D.C., Mayor Marion Barry articulated an explicitly racial version of collective bargaining — a threat that, without ample federal funds, urban activists would unleash wave after wave of racial violence.  "I know for a fact," Barry explained, "that white people get scared of the [Black] Panthers, and they might give money to somebody a little more moderate."

A return to the paranoid style in African-American politics.  From time to time, something will leap out to me as an illustration of the fact that blacks and whites often inhabit separate realities.  I've often told the story of the editorial in a black neighborhood newspaper in Philadelphia warning African-Americans to flee urban areas in the lead-up to the 2004 presidential elections because George W. Bush was planning to — this was presented as unquestionable fact — use nuclear weapons against the inner cities to suppress the black vote.  This wasn't somebody ranting on Twitter — this was in print, in a regularly published newspaper that was, in the early days of the 21st century, still a going concern.

The Million Man March failed miserably.  The Democrats' War on Poverty led to the emergence of a black culture of government dependency, the decimation of the black family, black fathers abandoning their responsibility for raising and supporting their children and the prominence of so-called black leaders who promoted themselves as being "real" and "down" with the struggle of a dysfunctional black culture.  Many of those who participated in the original rally took a pledge that things would be different, and claimed their experience in the nation's capital was a life-defining moment.  That was then, this is now.

The Plight of the Unarmed Perp.  This is the point I really want to make: the constant emphasis on police shootings of unarmed men that we see in the press is, for the most part, crazy.  If you are a perp, or a suspect, or an inoffensive person walking down the street, you may be unarmed, but the police officer is not.  Nor, in most cases, will he have any immediate way to know whether you are armed or not.  If you attack him, what do you expect him to do?  Challenge you to an arm-wrestling match?  He is entitled to use deadly force to defend himself.  Attacking a police officer rarely ends well.  Likewise with fleeing a police officer who is ordering you to stop.  If there is a problem here, it does not demand a thorough revamping of American police practices.  Rather, it suggests that those who have influence with a small demographic group — 6% of the population, according to the Post — impress upon them that they should not attack police officers under any circumstances, and if told to stop, they should stop.  If they put their hands up, they are not going to get shot.

Group asks for change of Stapleton neighborhood named after KKK member.  Residents in Denver's Stapleton neighborhood woke up to thousands of fliers, banners and signs blanketing the area Sunday.  The signs were put up by a group calling for a major change. [...] "Did you know the Stapleton was named after KKK clansman Benjamin Stapleton?" the fliers asked.

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Lots of prominent figures in American history have had ugly components in their biographies.  Martin Luther King was no saint, as one will discover in a few minutes of investigation — or by reading the article immediately below.  Certainly MLK was not the near-deity that he's made out to be today.  And where is the uproar about all the bridges and buildings in West Virginia named for high-ranking KKK officer Robert Byrd?

Martin Luther King's baggage looks like Trump's.  [Ann] Coulter has always been admirably loyal to the late Sam Francis, a columnist whose candor made him persona non grata in the Conservative Movement.  And it was from Francis that I first learned, 15 years ago, about these hair-raising allegations against King:  Christian pastor, Nobel Peace Prize winner, civil rights leader, and American icon.  Except "allegations" isn't quite the mot juste, because that word carries a strong odor of gossip and inaccuracy.  And King's sexual misconduct has not only been testified to by former assistant director of the FBI Charles D. Brennan, but has also been relayed matter-of-factly by respectable liberal historians like David Garrow.  During the Senate's 1983 debate on whether or not to inaugurate the King holiday, Brennan asserted that his evidence included a "great quantity" of "transcripts, recordings, photos and logs" that had been "labeled 'obscene.'"  That material had been sealed by court order until 2027, and the Senate itself was denied access.

Pulling Down the Slaver Flags of Islam and Africa.  The return of the Confederacy was averted in the summer of 2015 when major retailers frantically scoured through their vast offerings to purge any images of a car from the Dukes of Hazzard. [...] Even while our own Boss Hoggs in DC and SF are locking up the Duke boys as a symbol of racism, they are loudly arguing that black lives matter, all lives don't.  The proportion that the weight of a life should be measured by race is the sort of idea that we might have associated with slavery.  Today it's an idea that we associate with racial tolerance as we heal our nation's racial wounds one race riot at a time.

Now The Symbol Of New Orleans Is Considered Racist.  The fleur de lis, a French symbol used by royal families dating back to the 13th century, and emblazoned on the New Orleans Saints helmet, is now being called a symbol of slavery, drawing comparisons to the recent uproar against the Confederate battle flag.  "As an African I find it painful, and I think people whose ancestors were enslaved here may feel it even harder than I do as an African," said slave historian Dr. Ibrahima Seck to WWLTV.  He connects the usage of the fleur de lis, to "code noir," or black code, which was adopted in Louisiana in 1724, and used to govern to state's slave population.

The Scapegoat for Strife in the Black Community.  Were children raised with only one parent as common at any time during the first 100 years after slavery as in the first 30 years after the great expansion of the welfare state in the 1960s?  As of 1960, 22 percent of black children were raised with only one parent, usually the mother.  Thirty years later, two-thirds of black children were being raised without a father present.  What about ghetto riots, crimes in general and murder in particular?  What about low levels of labor force participation and high levels of welfare dependency?  None of those things was as bad in the first 100 years after slavery as they became in the wake of the policies and notions of the 1960s.  To many on the left, the 1960s were the glory days of their movements, and for some the days of their youth as well.  They have a heavy emotional investment and ego investment in the ideas, aspirations, and policies of the 1960s.

The White Privilege Lie.  Of all the invectives launched against the United States by the resurgent American Left, the charge that in America, White Privilege reigns supreme is the most insidious and culturally ruinous.  Its intent is unambiguous:  leftists perpetuate the White Privilege lie to smear America and its institutions as inherently racist, and therefore unworthy of adulation and in need of fundamental socioeconomic transformation.  The ultimate power of the White Privilege calumny lies in its capacity to impugn the virtue of American patriotism and the idea of American exceptionalism.

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Liberals keep talking about white privilege, as if it's a bad thing.  But logically, if being white is a privilege, it must be superior to the alternatives.  Anyone who gives a moment's thought to their logic can see that "white privilege" is a problem that doesn't exist.

The Top Five Most Racist Presidents.  [#3]  Franklin Delano Roosevelt:  FDR spoke at the 1924 Democrat National Convention, also known as the "Klanbake" for the "heavy representation of Ku Klux Klan-friendly delegates," as reported at the Wall Street Journal.  According to Digital History, after the Klanbake, "some 20,000 Klan supporters wearing white hoods and robes held a picnic in New Jersey... "  Roosevelt appointed "confidant" James Byrnes to the Supreme Court, who was so powerful that he was known as the "assistant president on the home front" and who "believed in racial segregation... and worked to defeat anti-lynching bills introduced in Congress."  Despite the fact that Byrnes was not elected by the people, FDR "assigned Byrnes more powers than ever held by a public official."  Even worse, FDR appointed prominent Ku Klux Klan member Hugo Black to the Supreme Court.

New Crisis: America's Children's Books Contain Too Many White People.  The latest thing some American college professor has deemed racist — in addition to coconut bras, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and zero tolerance rules — is children's picture books.  The professor is Melanie Koss of Northern Illinois University, just beyond the last suburban outpost of Chicago.  According to Koss, an associate professor in the NIU education department, 75 percent of the main characters in children's picture books published in 2012 were white.  Also, 45 percent of those children's picture books showcased white culture — whatever that is — as the primary cultural milieu.

Little Black Sambo was taken out of the classroom years ago, so naturally the proportion of black characters in children's books has decreased.  But if 75% of the characters in children's books are white, is that so terribly disproportionate?  And if it is, who's going to set and enforce the quotas to keep the white-to-other ratio just right?

NYPD Commissioner claims it's hard to hire black cops because 'so many of them have spent time in jail'.  NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton has claimed it is hard to hire more black cops because 'so many of them' have spent time in jail.  'We have a significant population gap among African American males because so many of them have spent time in jail,' he told The Guardian.  'And, as such, we can't hire them.'  But Bratton is now claiming he was misrepresented in the story — but not because of his now widely-criticized statement, which he said are just 'well-known' facts.

The Changing Geography Of Racial Opportunity.  Perhaps the greatest irony in our findings is the location of many of the best cities for minorities:  the South.  This is particularly true for African-Americans who once flocked to the North for both legal rights and opportunity.  Today almost all the best cities for blacks are in the South, a region that has enjoyed steady growth and enjoys generally low costs.

Ills Of Blacks Due To Government, Not Racism.  Hustlers and people with little understanding want us to believe that today's black problems are the continuing result of a legacy of slavery, poverty and racial discrimination.  The fact is that most of the social pathology seen in poor black neighborhoods is entirely new in black history.

Police Officer Cleared In Tony Robinson Shooting — Madison Wisconsin District Attorney Begs Grievance Advocates Not To Destroy The City.  Grande Lum's team of CRS "peacekeepers" have been on the ground in Madison Wisconsin for weeks preparing the community to hear that no charges will be filed against police officer Matt Kenney who shot 19-year-old street thug Tony Robinson. [...] Their work was painstakingly planned out, as it was previously in other cities and regions doing the same pro-active tamping down.  Each CRS entity tasked to convince the various grievance groups to accept law and order in place of mob riots, looting and arson.

The Futility of Jobs Programs.  In blunt terms, the quandary is one of uplifting a poor, often violent and occasionally lawless black underclass.  This is partially cultural:  modern schools with well-qualified teachers, multiple job training programs, and all the rest assigned to this uplift task are pointless unless program recipients willingly avail themselves of the provided opportunities.  For education to succeed, for example, you must show up, learn the lesson and not disrupt others.

Community Investment? Oh, Please.  These communities are not an "investment"; they're an expense!  The biggest money hole in the history of the human race.  Since Lyndon Johnson's War on Poverty program was enacted, we have spent over fifteen trillion — with a t — on welfare (AFDC and other programs), Food Stamps, WIC stamps, free pre-school, free primary and secondary education, free medical care, free cell phones, Section 8 housing assistance, food pantries, free transportation to the Social Services Office and your medical appointments, free legal services, and I don't know what else because I haven't the stomach to look any further.  And what has the nation gotten back?  Zip, nada, zero.  Indeed, less than zero, because while in the 1960s the propaganda was that there were only "obstacles to overcome," now there is "hopelessness" — a word bandied about not just by white liberals, but also by right-of-center personalities who attribute the terrible schools in these communities, the lack of fathers in the home, the unemployment, poverty, and crime to I don't know — residual racism, more money not being spent on education, something, anything but the actual behavior of the people concerned.

Everything is going as Planned in Baltimore, Ferguson, and Elsewhere: Just Ask Alinsky.  Many have questioned how a city like Baltimore, with a Black Female Mayor, a Black Police Commissioner, and a force made up of more minorities than whites, could have a racial problem.  Then they have pointed out that the United States has just had a Black Attorney General for six years and he has been replaced by a Black female Attorney General... both of whom serve or served, at the pleasure of a Black U.S. President.  Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would be speechless at such an accomplishment and he would be crushed, at the current behavior from those leaders.  Another common question has been what does Obama believe?  Is he really Christian, is he a Muslim, is he a communist, etc.?  The only thing Obama has openly and repeatedly admitted to being and then demonstrated being, is a Community Organizer.  So, what is a community organizer?  Well, let's look at the man who invented this position and defined it so well that Hillary Clinton wrote her graduate thesis on the man.

After Baltimore riots, some leaders slam 'thug' as the new n-word.  A term used by President Barack Obama and Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake to characterize rioters has given new life to a debate over the word "thug."

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I'm surprised there isn't an uproar about the use of "teen" as a stereotype, since it's a widely-used newspaper code word for "black teen."

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The most racist places in America, according to Google.  Where do America's most racist people live?  "The rural Northeast and South," suggests a new study just published in PLOS ONE.  The paper introduces a novel but makes-tons-of-sense-when-you-think-about-it method for measuring the incidence of racist attitudes:  Google search data.  The methodology comes from data scientist Seth Stephens-Davidowitz.

Hands Up, Don't Steal!  [Scroll down]  Professor Alpert's description of the policy changes implemented at "most progressive police departments" omits one factor that, while almost never spoken of, contributed greatly to those changes, to wit, that the people most likely to run from the police, whether in a stolen car or for other reasons, are blacks and Hispanics.  And when blacks and Hispanics are shot by police officers, especially by white ones, great effort is made to find fault with the officers.  Such was the case in Los Angeles back in 2005, when Devin Brown, a13-year-old black boy driving a stolen car, was shot and killed by an LAPD officer.  As happened in the Hernandez shooting, Brown either tried to run down a police officer or was indifferent to the possibility he might do so in his attempted getaway.

What Exactly Does The Race Industry Want From White America?  With the constant attempts to find racism under every rock and behind every door, I actually believe that the race-baiters left over from the Civil Rights movement have a nostalgia for the days when there was real racism and discrimination in America.  Why else would they continue to act as though the Civil Rights Act was never signed into law?  In fact, all Civil Rights leaders should celebrate July 2, the day President Lyndon Johnson signed the bill into law in 1964.  Has anyone ever heard Al Sharpton or Jessie Jackson mention that date?  That day should be celebrated as a national holiday.  Instead, the American people are bombarded with trumped up charges of racism (some turn out to be complete hoaxes) to the point that we have developed race fatigue.

The other side to the Martin Luther King story.  Driven by FBI chief J. Edgar Hoover's mistaken conviction that King was a dangerous Communist, federal agents bugged his hotel rooms.  What they found, and tried to use against him in a poisonous blackmail campaign, was not evidence of Communism but of serial adultery.  Leading one of the most astonishing double lives in history, King was not just the Bible-thumping champion of the rights of man, but also an inveterate womaniser who cheated on his wife throughout their marriage.

Martin Luther King's heirs milk a legacy.  As the nation celebrates the birthday of the man who more than anyone inspired the movement to give America's black citizens equal rights, you can find the words of Martin Luther King Jr. in commercials from Alcatel, AT&T, Apple, Chevrolet and Mercedes.  If you want to watch his stirring "I Have a Dream" address from the 1963 March on Washington, you can pay $20 to buy the DVD from an online shop under the control of his heirs.  While there are versions of one of the most renowned speeches in American history posted on YouTube, King's heirs generally limit the reach of their father's words and his image.

The real racial bias: Cops more willing to shoot whites than blacks, research finds.  It's widely assumed that white police officers are more likely to shoot black suspects as a result of racial bias, but recent research suggests the opposite is true.  An innovative study published in the Journal of Experimental Criminology found that participants in realistic simulations felt more threatened by black suspects yet took longer to pull the trigger on black men than on white or Hispanic men.

A National Conversation about the American Ghetto.  The very civil rights movement with its war on poverty which was to have rectified American racism has, instead, perversely perpetuated it in the creation of a permanent underclass living life at the bottom of an urban ignorance, criminality, and violence which most requires the very policing against which its political beneficiaries now rail.  That's a pretty "fundamental transformation" of at least one aspect of America.  And it's a transformation of which no American should ever be anything but ashamed.

Black Progression and Retrogression.  If black Americans were thought of as a nation with their own gross domestic product, they'd rank among the 20 wealthiest nations.  It was a black American, Gen. Colin Powell, who headed the mightiest military in mankind's history.  A few black Americans are among the world's wealthiest.  Many black Americans are among the world's most famous personalities.  The significance of all this is that in 1865, neither an ex-slave nor an ex-slave owner would have believed that such progress would be possible in less than a century and a half.

America Is Among Least Racist Countries In The World.  With all the recent race clanging on MSNBC and other cable news networks, now's probably a good time to remind everyone that America is among the least racist countries in the world.  I know this statement will be shocking news to regular viewers of "PoliticsNation," but it also has the quality of being true.

Race relations worse under Obama, poll finds.  The poll was conducted for Bloomberg Politics in the days following a grand jury decision not to indict a white New York City police officer who killed an unarmed black man.  It found that 53 percent of respondents think race relations have gotten worse under the nation's first black president.

White Cops Aren't Victimizing Black Youth.  Of 1,265 murder victims in St. Louis between 2003 and 2012, 1,138 (89.9 percent) were black, according to University of Missouri-St. Louis criminologist David Klinger, a former police officer.  About 90 percent of the black decedents (1,025) were slain by other blacks, his research indicates.  Thirty-two were killed by police officers, 22 (1.93 percent) by white cops.

Profiling: Sin or Survival Instinct.  The reality is profiling is normal, expected and necessary.  People dress to create their desired image/profile.  For example:  Stockbrokers wear suits to create a profile of trustworthiness.  Hookers dress that they may be profiled as open for business.  Gang members wear various colors and styles of apparel to specify their gang affiliation.  And yet, liberals expect us to ignore all signals sent out by people that telegraph who they are.  Liberals are nuts.

Can racial discrimination explain much?  According to the National Assessment of Educational Progress, sometimes called the nation's report card, the average black 12th-grader has the academic achievement level of the average white seventh- or eighth-grader.  In some cities, there's even a larger achievement gap. [...] If the cause of the black/white achievement gap has little to do with racial discrimination, then focusing on discrimination will lead us to ignore or downplay factors that do affect black education.  In some school districts, 700 teachers are annually assaulted and threatened.  At one time, Philadelphia employed 500 school police officers.  Similar stories of school violence can be told in other cities with large black populations, such as Chicago, Baltimore, Detroit, Cleveland, Oakland, California, and Newark, New Jersey.  How useful is it to spend resources on discrimination while allowing unsafe and chaotic educational environments to exist?

A Few Problems in the Black Community That Needed a WH Summit More Than Ferguson.  The recent White House summit regarding the events in Ferguson was held to address (as New York mayor Bill de Blasio put it) the "scourge" of killings by police of blacks.  According to a study by USA Today, an average of 96 blacks are killed by white cops per year.  Last year, 6,000 blacks were murdered by other blacks — more than 60 times the number of blacks killed by white cops.  Time for another White House summit?  In 2013, 409 whites were murdered by blacks.  Summit?  The figures [in this article] suggest the White House also may want to consider summits on black unemployment, educational achievement, single motherhood, household income, poverty rates, and school discipline — just to name a few concerns that have an impact on American blacks at least as profound as blacks being killed by white cops.

Two Americas.  One of the most damaging aspects of Welfare America as it relates to the black community is that the attitudes of Welfare America have come to be taken as the "authentic" black culture.  That is why people with real achievement and the attitudes that created that achievement — Herman Cain, Justice Clarence Thomas, Dr, Ben Carson, Allen West — are seen as "not really black."

Rudy Giuliani: Forget About Mike Brown, Let's Talk About Black-on-Black Crime.  [Scroll down]  Then Giuliani really lost it:  "What about the poor black child that is killed by another black child?  Why aren't you protesting that?" he shouted.  "Why don't you cut it down so that so many white police officers don't have to be in black areas?"  As [Michael Eric] Dyson struggled to get a word in, Giuliani continued, "Why don't you reduce crime?  The white police officers wouldn't be there if you weren't killing each other."

Giuliani Hits Back at Eric Dyson: I've Saved More Lives in His Community Than He Has.  Former Gotham Mayor Rudy Giuliani doubled down on his explosive remarks about black-on-black crime on Fox & Friends Monday morning [11/24/2014], claiming that the "the danger to a black child in America is not a white police officer; that's going happen less than 1% of the time.  The danger to a black child... is another black."  On Meet the Press yesterday, Giuliani mixed it up with MSNBC contributor and professor Michael Eric Dyson over the Ferguson case, alleging that white officers wouldn't shoot so many black teenagers if the high minority crime rate didn't force them to be in minority neighborhoods so much.  Dyson called this "the defensive mechanism of white supremacy in your mind."

Brzezinski: Eric Dyson's 'White Supremacist' Comment 'Lowering the Conversation'Morning Joe host Mika Brzezinski defended former Gotham Mayor Rudy Giuliani for his comments about black-on-black crime and chided fellow MSNBC-er Michael Eric Dyson for alleging that Giuliani's comments were indicative of the "defensive mechanism of white supremacy in your mind."  "In places like this and on Meet the Press, there should be room for a conversation to happen," Brzezinski said.

Giving Up On Black America.  Low-income and under-achieving blacks (and to a certain extent, Caribbean Hispanics) are a problem in the neighborhood.  Although they are not the majority, it is their presence that is most obvious.  It's because of them that I have to keep my eyes fixed on the ground.  They are the ones who play obscene music, who can't speak without cursing, and who have no respect whatsoever for a passerby's personal space.  Their teenage kids are the ones that I see pulling the heads off the flowers in someone else's front yard, or "keying" someone's car parked on the street.  They are the ones whose soon-to-be-pregnant-and-on-welfare young girls unabashedly describe the penis sizes of their numerous baby-daddies-in-waiting, the girls talking at high volume on the public buses for everyone to hear.  They are the ones who make and post videos that give girls a crash-course on how to use their bodies to get on the government payrolls and stay there.

Charlie Rangel: Calling tea partyers 'white crackers' actually 'term of endearment'.  Don't take offense — referring to members of the tea party as "white crackers" is actually complimentary, said Rep. Charles Rangel, longtime Democratic lawmaker.  That's how Mr. Rangel explained away his widely criticized 2013 reference to the group during an interview with The Huffington Post in which he also seemed to suggest that tea party members were of the same vein as terrorists.

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Mr. Rangel and those of his ilk don't have a history of laughing off "terms of endearment" from the other direction.

Charles Barkley Totally Goes There.  [Charles Barkley's] comments are not politically correct, in any way, and therefore deserve reprinting in full: [...] I said, you know, when young black kids, you know, when they do well in school, the loser kids tell them, 'Oh, you're acting white.'  The kids who speak intelligently — They tell them, 'You're acting white.'  So it's a dirty, dark secret in the black community.  One of the reasons we're never going to be successful as a whole, because of other black people.  And for some reason we are brainwashed to think, if you're not a thug or an idiot, you're not black enough.  If you go to school, make good grades, speak intelligent, and don't break the law, you're not a good black person.  And it's a dirty, dark secret, Anthony.

Charles Barkley: Being a 'thug' celebrated in black community.  Retired NBA star Charles Barkley spoke candidly Thursday about the struggles black people face to fit in with each other, arguing that blacks "are brainwashed to think, if you're not a thug or an idiot, you're not black enough."  "We as black people are never going to be successful, not because of you white people, but because of other black people," he said in a Philadelphia radio interview, The Birmingham News reported. [...] "For some reason we are brainwashed to think, if you're not a thug or an idiot, you're not black enough," Barkley continued Thursday [10/23/2014].  "If you go to school, make good grades, speak intelligent, and don't break the law, you're not a good black person.  It's a dirty, dark secret in the black community.

Charles Barkley: 'Unintelligent' Blacks 'Brainwashed' To Keep Successful Black Men Down.  NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley spoke candidly about the problems facing the black community when appearing on a Philadelphia radio station, accusing "unintelligent," "brainwashed" African-Americans of keeping successful ones down.  While appearing on "Afternoons with Anthony Gargano and Rob Ellis," Barkley was asked about a rumor that Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson was getting criticism from his black teammates for not being, quote, "black enough."

'Acting White' Remains a Barrier for Black Education.  Here we go again.  A black woman has articulately battled the idea that using standard English is "acting white" in a video that has gone viral of late, and Jamelle Bouie at Slate has called her out for propagating a myth that black students devalue school.  In the eighties, (black) anthropologist John Ogbu with Signithia Fordham argued that black kids underperform in school partly because those who behave scholarly are teased as being "white," such that often fitting in means letting one's grades slip.  And indeed, legions of nerdy black kids are familiar with black peers saying "Why are you working so hard on that school stuff?  You think you're white?"

Poverty In The Black Community Is The Result of Culture Not Racism.  A female relative of mine came to live with me for a short time.  One day when I came home from work, she asked me where everyone in the neighborhood was.  She said that during the day, she would go outdoors looking for someone to talk to and no one was around.  I told her that they were at work, and I asked her how she thought the neighbors could pay for their homes if they did not go to work (just as I was going to work every day).  She looked at me with a confused look on her face.  Up until that point (she was nearly sixty years old), she had lived in neighborhoods where everyone (including her) received some kind of government check and therefore did not work.  She always had someone to shuck and jive with because everyone was at home all day long.  She told me that she was bored living in my (middleclass working) neighborhood.

Are bird-watchers racist?  In Colorful World of Birding Has Conspicuous Lack of People of Color, author Martha Hamilton engages in hand-wringing and navel-gazing over the relative lack of "people of color" (as opposed to the colorless majority) out looking for exotic avian life. [...] The horror!  If people do not do every recreational activity in exactly the same proportions, we are suffering from racism.  For some reason, people who claim to "celebrate diversity" want every group to behave exactly the same.  And we know who is at fault.

Don't Blame the NFL.  What the media rarely discuss, and then only gingerly, is how black NFL players have fared compared to young black men not in the NFL.  The answer, unfortunately, is much too well.  According to the Bureau of Justice statistics, one in three black men can expect to go to prison in their lifetime.  That is the figure cited by the NAACP in its criminal justice fact sheet.  In the NFL, that figure is closer to one in three hundred.  For all its controlled violence, football provides young men, many of them from troubled homes, with all the discipline they will ever know.

Yes, I Blame White Liberals.  A white teacher said he routinely overhears vulgar and racist comments from students at an all-black high school.  I blame the black youths' negative mindset on blacks in the civil rights exploitation business and white liberals with their stomach-turning bigotry of lowered expectations.  We see snooty, arrogant, superior intellectual-sounding white liberal pundits and hosts all over TV touting their absurd narrative that blacks have a right to be angry in racist America and must be coddled.

No Uncle Toms on the Left.  Black Liberals go to work for their white bosses, interact with white people who treat them with honor and respect, and go back home to teach hate of white people to their children and anybody else who's willing to listen.  They take no personal responsibility for their lives, instead blaming so-called "Uncle Tom's", too stupid to know that calling a black man Uncle Tom is a compliment, as is calling us "Clarence Thomas!"

Black Lies and White Anger.  American black people are being lied to and the lies destroy them.  They are being lied to by corrupt people like Attorney General Eric Holder and Al Sharpton Jr. and Jesse Jackson and the leftists in our news media.  They are being told that their poverty is due to prejudice and that the police are targeting them out of bigotry.  They are being told that the dreadful existence of slum life grew out of slavery and is being perpetuated by hatred.  None of this is true.  Poor black people are poor because they have no family structure and get little education.  Police target them because so many more young black men are criminal thugs than young men of other colors.  Women clutch their purses when a black man gets on an elevator not because they're racist but because the statistics and the facts they have seen with their own eyes have taught them that that's the wise thing to do.

A black president couldn't stop the Ferguson race riots.  Violence continues in Ferguson, Missouri.  It began on August 9 with the death of Michael Brown, an unarmed African-American teenager cut down by a white cop's bullets.  Peaceful demonstrations turned into looting, the local police went in with rubber bullets and tear gas, all hell broke loose and, eventually, Missouri's governor pulled out the local police and sent in state officers instead.  But the rioting only paused; it didn't cease.  And it may continue.  That's probably because it's driven by a deep, deep anger that will take a long time to calm.  Observers might ask, "How can this be happening in an America that has elected a black president?" How can black kids still get killed by white cops and how can towns still burn in race riots?

The Value of Life.  Possibly the most sickening thing about America is its racial selectivity.  White person kills white person.  Zzzzz.  Black person kills black person.  Zzzzz.  Black person kills white person.  Zzzzz.  White person kills black person — the world stops.  Or explodes.  It's not just that some life is held to be more valuable than other life.  It's that the value of life is measured by the color of the person who takes it.

Is it time yet to talk honestly about Maya Angelou?  [Daniel J.] Flynn calls her "an author more revered than read," and that gets to the heart of the Angelou phenomenon.  I will give her credit, as Flynn does, for playing a role very well.  That role was as a victim who rose beyond her victimhood to become an icon.  But an icon of victimhood as badge of honor, cultivating a voice, a manner, a persona that embodied dignity, thereby triggering waves of adulation from those who, out of guilt or hope, devoutly wished her to be a giant, so that all who have been a dealt a bad hand at birth could similarly rise and find dignity.  She gave the suckers what they wanted.

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Dead Poets Society.  Maya Angelou, an author more revered than read, passed away at 86 on Wednesday.  She is survived by her seven autobiographies.  In addition to Angelou playing Boswell to Angelou's Johnson, Angelou acted, wrote poetry, danced, and sang.  Was she an actress, poet, dancer, or singer?  People liked her politics, and, out of ideological solidarity, reflexively praised her talents in multitudinous endeavors.  At her most irresponsible, she embraced Fidel Castro, Malcolm X, and Bill Clinton — a mistake for a lady of any age.

Study: Young Black Children Drown At Far Higher Rates.  Swimming pools are a much greater danger to black children and teens than they are to other kids, a new government study shows.

What if race is more than a social construct?  Nicholas Wade, a leading science writer whose specialty is human evolution, likes to ask interesting questions.  Here are some examples:  Why has the West been the most exploratory and innovative civilization in the world for the past 500 years?  Why are Jews of European descent so massively overrepresented among the top achievers in the arts and sciences?  Why is the Chinese diaspora successful all around the world?  Why is it so difficult to modernize tribal societies?  Why has economic development been so slow in Africa?

Did Forbidden Science Cost 30 Year New York Times Writer His Job?  Although nobody is speaking on the record, it appears as though a veteran science writer and editor at the New York Times has lost his job because he published a book about genetics and sub-Saharan Africans.  No topic is more sensitive than genetic questions regarding the anomalous statistical phenomena regarding sub-Saharan Africans, at home and in the diaspora.

Jeremy Clarkson, the "N-word" and the creeping tyranny of political correctness.  On the day the Jeremy Clarkson "N" word story broke, I was sitting with friends of the same age in their kitchen, trying to remember when it was that the children's choosing rhyme "Eeny meeny minie mo" (or however you spell it:  there are myriad variants) transmuted into its politically correct, N-word free modern version. [...] Today, most children who recite the poem probably aren't even aware of its sinister, "racist" past.  But for my generation — which is pretty much Clarkson's generation:  anyone born before, say, 1970 — it was so unexceptionable as to pass without comment, even were you to be overheard using it in front of your left-wing teacher in your kindergarten classroom.

Our selective outrage on racism.  Directing racial slurs at blacks if they happen to be conservative has no consequences.  No one gets ostracized.  Apologies don't follow.  And those with exquisite racial sensibilities see no problem in calling Thomas an "Uncle Tom" or depicting Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice as a self-proclaimed "house n***a," as cartoonist Ted Rall did in 2004.  The selective outrage is troubling.  If a private organization decides it wants to exclude a racist from its midst, that is its right.  But wouldn't it be good if we condemned racism in all its forms?

6 Arguments Only A Liberal Could Believe.  [#1]  Everyone who disagrees with a liberal is racist!  The Tea Party?  Racist!  Republicans?  Racist!  Fox News?  Racist?  Black conservatives?  Racist!  Barack Obama's grandma?  Racist!  Do I think Social Security is solvent?  My position on that is that "You're a racist!"  What do I think about flattening the tax code?  Sarah Palin is a racist!

How 'My Brother's Keeper' Stands to Destroy Already Bad Schools.  Though the Obama presidency has years to go, he has already initiated his legacy project.  It's called My Brother's Keeper and attempts to help "at risk" young men of color — those prone to crime, mayhem, drug addiction, and fathering illegitimate children. [...] That's the good news.  The bad news is that Obama's putative cure is a modern-day Progressive nightmare.  It will fail while further generating government make-work jobs, and most importantly, it will hurt the education of millions of minority children.  This awaiting nightmare is hardly hidden, and tellingly, everything starts with more government jobs.

Criminal Background Checks: That's Racist!  Stop underestimating the crackpot ideas the race-left will cook up.  The latest in-fashion example of America's structural racism is the criminal background check.  The complaint goes like this.  Racists who are looking for ways to engage in employment discrimination against blacks can use criminal background checks in hiring.  Since blacks have been convicted of crimes in greater percentages than their population generally, using a background check is a stealth way to discriminate against blacks.

Call Him Reverend King.  So why is Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr, now referred to as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr?  It's simple.  The Left wants no remnants of the Christian revolution that changed this country.  They want to make people forget that the biggest change to happen to American since the Civil War was led by a black Christian who was also a Republican.  Referring to King as "Dr. King" implies that the Civil Rights movement was led by an academic, that academia brought us "change we can believe in."  Liberals believe in their educations, even if they have not a lick of practical experience or even common sense.  Ph.D. King can lead a revolution, but a Republican pastor cannot be put in charge.  That role is exclusively for black demagogues and fake reverends.

The Road to Genocide is Paved with Liberal Intentions.  With the discrimination against and persecution and murder of [South African] whites worsening yearly — and with Genocide Watch warning that they're imperiled by impending genocide — my youthful (and obvious) prediction seems vindicated.  Yet most still don't see the bloody writing on the wall.  Worse still, some who do shamelessly shrug it off as the comeuppance due "oppressors."  So I'll now do that most unfashionable of things:  place apartheid in perspective.

Blacks and Obama.  Obama's electoral success further confirms what I've often held:  The civil rights struggle in America is over, and it's won.  At one time, black Americans did not have the constitutional guarantees enjoyed by white Americans; now we do.  The fact that the civil rights struggle is over and won does not mean that there are not major problems confronting many members of the black community, but they are not civil rights problems and have little or nothing to do with racial discrimination.

Why Criticizing Obama Isn't Racist.  The era of 'hope and change' was supposed to usher in a 'post-racial' era.  Instead it's now the appalling norm to blame any political opposition to the president on racism.

Black Skin Privilege.  Nationwide there were an estimated 67,755 black-on-white aggravated assaults in 2010, as compared to with just 1,748 white-on-black crimes of the same description.  In other words, blacks committed acts of interracial aggravated assault at a rate 200 times higher than whites (181 per 100,000 population versus 0.9 per 100,000).  The physical threat to African Americans from whites is actually minimal compared to the epidemic of black violence against whites.  The National Crime Victimization Survey reported approximately 13,000 black-on-white rapes in the United States in 2010, and 39,000 black-on-white robberies, both violent crimes against persons.  By contrast, the numbers of white-on-black rapes and robberies reported in the same surveys were so infinitesimal that whites were estimated to have accounted for 0% of all rapes and robberies committed against black victims in the United States.

America Will Self-Correct from the Mistake of Obama.  Black Liberals adapt all kinds of African customs, hair styles, couture, dance, and so on, but they don't want to go live there, because Africa [stinks].  I'm not talking about their people, or the animals, or the natural wonders.  That's all fantastic.  I'm talking about their governments.  I'd rather live in Detroit than live in any country in Africa.  On a continent with 53 countries run by black people, very few "African Americans" are searching for their roots and relocating to the Motherland.  Life in Africa is so bad that almost every African country has a lottery for Africans to get the opportunity to come to America.  Disgruntled blacks in American can go to live in Africa with no obstructions, and they will not go.

The end of race.  Here's what I've found in Louisiana:  The voters want to know what you believe, what you stand for, and what you plan to do, not what shade your skin is.  And I think that's true of the country as a whole:  America's younger generation pays less attention to skin color than the generations that preceded them.

Will Eric Holder ever learn to be careful what he asks for?  Eric Holder, perhaps the worst, most corrupt attorney general in history, famously demanded Americans stop being cowardly and have a conversation about race.  Well, in the aftermath of the deaths of Trayvon Martin, Christopher Lane, and now World War II hero Delbert Belton, I don't think he likes the frankness he is starting to get from whites and other nonblacks.

Black lawmakers lament flaring of racial tensions under Obama.  Black lawmakers say the election of the nation's first African-America president has not been a salve for racial tensions, a view that the public has also voiced in recent polling.  While Democratic lawmakers place the lion's share of the blame on Republicans for the state of affairs, they betray disappointment that more progress has not been made since the civil rights movement won its biggest victories.

Clowning the Os.  [T]he racial "dialogue" we've been hectored about for several decades is in reality no "dialogue" at all; it is a monologue imposed by the powerful in order to decimate the values and individuality of the powerless.  When reality itself is completely contradicted by the description of it and the description is resolutely adhered to anyway, what you have is — psychosis.  In the current historical moment, the psychosis is quite functional:  it serves to facilitate "progress" toward full blown Marxo-Fascism.

That Word vs. America.  As the Zimmerman trial has revealed, the race card has become frayed and tattered from continual overuse.  Whites don't feel very guilty anymore, a full century and a half after the demise of slavery and fifty years after the collapse of legal segregation.  A solution to the racial impasse of the past half-century, in which every last American, white, black, or "other," has been forced to act as if both those historical inequities ended only last Tuesday — if in fact they'd ended at all — is long overdue.

Learning from Rachel Jeantel.  Rachel Jeantel has just had her 15 minutes.  The left has exhausted her value by attacking and chiding all white people about the racist thoughts they have decided we are feeling.  They skipped the fact-gathering and evidence stage and went right for the punishment in a fawning and self-righteous defense of someone not really under attack.

Race relations have plummeted since Obama took office, according to poll.  Public attitudes about race relations have plummeted since the historic election of President Barack Obama, according to a new poll from NBC News and the Wall Street Journal.  Only 52 percent of whites and 38 percent of blacks have a favorable opinion of race relations in the country, according to the poll, which has tracked race relations since 1994 and was conducted in mid-July by Hart Research Associations and Public Opinion Strategies.

HUD's New 'Fair Housing' Rule Establishes Diversity Data for Every Neighborhood in U.S.  To ensure that "every American is able to choose to live in a community they feel proud of," HUD has published a new fair-housing regulation intended to give people access to better neighborhoods than the ones they currently live in.  The goal is to help communities understand "fair housing barriers" and "establish clear goals" for "improving integrated living patterns and overcoming historic patterns of segregation."

HUD Launches Scheme To Racially Diversify Suburbs.  Now even ZIP codes are racist, and according to this race-obsessed administration, you're racist for living in a suburban area with little public housing.  And it plans to change that.

Team Obama Steps Up Racial Standards for Neighborhoods.  The federal government is getting serious about pushing racial and ethnic diversity into America's neighborhoods — and is using big data and big money to achieve its aims.  A new interactive database will help regulators, local housing officials and individuals take action on a newly proposed regulation that would require agencies to "affirmatively further" the inclusion of minority residents in white neighborhoods.

Profiling.  In a number of cities, there have been complaints of racism because some taxicab drivers turn down black fares.  By simply knowing that a driver refused a black passenger, we cannot make an unambiguous statement about whether the decision was motivated by racial preferences.  As early as 1999, D.C.'s taxicab commissioner, Sandra Seegars, who is black, issued a safety advice statement urging the city's mostly black cabbies to refuse to pick up "dangerous-looking" passengers.

The Sword of Hypocrisy.  Three decades ago TV celebrity Paula Deen used the 'N' word in what may have been a careless moment or a simple indiscretion.  For that she has to forfeit her entire career and be subject to ridicule and social shunning.  Go figure.  From the Black Panthers gathered in front of polling booths in the 2008 presidential election to the recent prosecution witness in the Trayvon Martin case, we have all heard the term 'cracker' used as a derogatory term for white people.  No careers were lost for the use of that word.

Holder Ignores Real Threat To Young Black Men.  [Scroll down]  The November 2011 study concluded that "young black males were disproportionately involved in homicide compared with their proportion of the population."  This is understating it.  The precise data show that even though black men between the ages of 14 and 24 make up only 1% of the U.S. population, they represent 27% of all the nation's murderers.  This bears repeating:  1% of Americans are committing over a quarter of the murders.  Equally alarming, the administration study also found that blacks of any age are eight times more likely to murder than whites.

Self-inflicted segregation:
Black English and a Bad Saint Bernard.  It is not just that someone who speaks Black English (exclusively) is likely to be less qualified for almost any job than someone who speaks American English, but, at least for this white guy, I have to wonder whether the person speaks the way he speaks because he is a victim of government schools or because he buys into a new black version of "separate but equal" — which is of course far more separate than equal — but this time by blacks' own doing.

Whites to be minority in children under age 5 by next year.  For the first time, America's racial and ethnic minorities now make up about half of the under-5 age group and will be a majority by this year or next.  That's according to new census numbers that show a faster shift than expected toward a minority-majority, one where whites will be in the minority by 2043.  The new estimates also show that, for the fist [sic] time in more than a century, the death rate for white Americans outnumbers the birth rate.

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But the minorities will still have preferences, even when they're in the majority.

The Racializing of American Politics.  The GOP's problem with Hispanics today is a tangle of issues involving the law, labor and assimilation that is hardly reducible to the accusation that the party is too white.  In virtually every instance, the idea that the Republican Party is "too white" is dropped with almost no discussion of what exactly that means.  The phrase is being pinned like a scarlet "W" on anyone who didn't vote for the Democrats' nominee.  It's a you-know-what-we-mean denunciation.  Its only meaning is racial.

The Communists and Rosa Parks.  A nine-foot bronze statue of the civil rights icon and Alabama native, Rosa Parks was unveiled in the U.S. Capitol building yesterday.  President Obama spoke at the dedication ceremony rightly asserting that Parks' activism began long before she was arrested for refusing to give up her seat on the bus to a white man in 1955.  In fact, according to Professor Robin D.G. Kelley, who has written on the Communist Party's involvement in the early days of the civil rights movement in Alabama, Parks and her husband were regular attendees at communist meetings in the 1930's.

A review of "The Disuniting of America," by Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.  Today, says Schlesinger, the American identity is in jeopardy as multiculturalism and Afrocentrism elevate racial and ethnic over national affiliation.  At the end of this road, he warns, lie Yugoslavia and other contemporary battlegrounds of racial and ethnic separatism.  While the analogy may seem a touch overwrought, there can be no question that multiculturalists are playing with weapons that can wreak havoc on our already inadequate schools, our social structure, and economy.

Obama Is Trying To Buy The Hispanic And Female Vote With Another Government Giveaway.  Now that the polls say that President Barack Obama's poll numbers with women and the Hispanics in the United States aren't as exceedingly high as they were previously, there is suddenly a new benefit to the farming — and rancher — community who are either female or Hispanic, who feel they were discriminated against in the not-so-distant past.  How ironic that this benefit to females and Hispanics is being offered right before President Obama's reelection date.  One might logically think that the timing of this benefit to these groups — who vote — is planned to sway their presidential election vote on November 6.  It's just one of the many, many methods in which an incumbent president can grab some extra votes in the eleventh hour.

African-American Christians waver over vote.  Some black clergy see no good presidential choice between a Mormon candidate and one who supports gay marriage, so they are telling their flocks to stay home on Election Day.

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Really?  Does same-sex marriage matter much to these "Christians", but wholesale abortion does not?  Do they really think the Mormon Church is repugnant, but the TUCC is not?  Did generations of 19th- and 20th-century blacks fight for the right to vote so that their descendants could sit on the sidelines?

Racist dog whistles and the men who hear them.  American racism is starting to remind me of American alcoholism.  At the founding of the republic, in the days when beer was thought of as "liquid bread" and a healthy nutritional breakfast, Americans drank about three-to-four times as much as they do now.  Today the United States has a lower per capita rate of alcohol consumption than almost any other developed nation, but it has more alcoholism support groups than any other developed nation — around 164 groups per million people.

Taxpayers Are Paying For A "Chief Diversity Officer" To Tell Americans How To Not Offend Him.  We have a Chief Diversity Officer at the U.S. Department of State??!  Seriously?!  What blithering buffoon decided we needed to waste money on this foolishness?  Are their other less-than-chief's running around under his tutelage, finding ways to be offended and tattle back to Robinson?

8 Ways Blacks Perpetuate Racism and the Only Way to Thwart It.  [Scroll down]  Civil rights are legal grants from the state which can be wholly arbitrary.  The inalienable rights of the individual are objectively derived and exist independent of the state.  Good civil rights support inalienable rights.  For instance, voting is a civil right which compliments the inalienable rights of the voter.  Bad civil rights oppose inalienable rights.  Granting a civil right to health care or any other provision places a burden upon producers to supply their wares without trade, something which used to be called robbery.  Because the civil rights movement of the 1960s was in opposition to institutionalized racism, civil rights have since been associated with decency and justice in the public discourse.  That association has been abused to promote all manner of wrong.

Can One Be Truly Black and Patriotic?  Famed TV minster Bishop T. D. Jakes said that when your "perception is off," you do not realize or appreciate the true value of what you have until you have lost it.  Is it fair to say that, in general, black America's perception is off regarding their country, which is, in reality, a tremendous gift from God?  Some may think me insane for suggesting that it was a blessing for my ancestors to be betrayed by fellow blacks, sold to white slave traders, separated from their families, and shipped to a strange land to be slaves.  But please, hear me out.

Minorities now surpass whites in US births, census shows.  America hit a demographic milestone last year, with new census figures showing for the first time more than half the children born in the U.S. were minorities.  That percentage just barely eked over the halfway mark, with minorities making up 50.4 percent of U.S. births in the 12-month period ending July 2011.  But it marks a steady trend — minorities represented 37 percent of births in 1990.

DOJ Alum Calls Crimes, Out of Wedlock Births in Black Community 'Elephant in the Room'.  "Nonetheless I think we have to recognize that it's going to be tempting for the police and individuals to profile so long as a disproportionate amount of street crime is committed by African Americans and there will be a disproportionate amount of street crime is committed by African Americans for so long as more than seven out 10 African Americans are being born out of wedlock," [Roger] Clegg said.

Racial bias saves death row man.  A convicted killer has been ordered off death row in the US state of North Carolina after a judge ruled his trial had been tainted by racial bias.  Marcus Robinson's case was the first to be heard under North Carolina's controversial Racial Justice Act (RJA).

Left Uses Trayvon Martin Tragedy To Smear America's Good Name.  In light of the tragic killing of black teenager Trayvon Martin — and the manufactured hysteria surrounding it — one thing needs to be stated as clearly and as often as possible:  The United States is the least racist and least xenophobic country in the world.  Foreigners of every race, ethnicity and religion know this.  Most Americans suspect this.  Most black Americans and the entire left deny this.

Profiling.  Twelve years ago, a black Washington, D.C., commissioner warned cabbies, most of whom were black, against picking up dangerous-looking passengers.  She described "dangerous-looking" as a "young black guy ... with shirttail hanging down longer than his coat, baggy pants, unlaced tennis shoes."  She also warned cabbies to stay away from low-income black neighborhoods.  Did that make the D.C. commissioner a racist?  In some cities, such as St. Louis, black pizza deliverers have complained about having to deliver pizzas to certain black neighborhoods, including neighborhoods in which they live.  Are they racists?

Is black support of Obama based only on race?  Maybe black people overall have a different view of government from white people do.  Maybe black people believe in the central government more because of their experience in the South in the 1960s when the federal government ended 100 years of Jim Crow law.  There also is the identification of slavery with capitalism.  Overall, white people would reject that notion.  But I can see that if I were black and a descendant of slaves, I might connect the two.

Segregation Hits Historic Low.  An exodus of African-Americans from struggling industrial cities such as Detroit and the growth of Sunbelt states have pushed racial segregation in U.S. metropolitan areas to its lowest level in a century, according to a new study.  The report, released by the conservative Manhattan Institute, said U.S. cities are more integrated now than at any time since 1910, based on analysis of census data from neighborhoods.

Court throws out judge-drawn Texas electoral maps.  The Supreme Court on Friday [1/20/2012] threw out electoral maps drawn by federal judges in Texas that favored minorities.

The Minority Myth.  Consider one of the newest subsets of Americans in recent years:  the African-American.  This hyphenate grew out of trying to find a more dignified way of describing black people (past words like "colored" or "negro" summon bitter, knee-jerk responses).  This term, however, is not very accurate because it is used to specifically describe a person's skin color.  Personally, one of the few, truly African-Americans I know is white.  She was born and grew up there before coming to the states.  (Yes, Africa has white citizens.)

Best Opportunity for America in 50 Years.  The media is pretty silent about this, but the real estate crisis which has plagued us for the past 3 years and will hang over us for the next few was caused and promoted by none other than the U.S. government.  In an effort to get poor people into housing, the government coerced banks into giving loans to people who would never qualify under other circumstances.  They did this by threatening banks with loss of their charters if they did not make more loans to minorities.

Racial Sensitivity Through the Looking Glass.  We've reached the point where people can't make observations about the world around them without being labeled racist.

Obama and the Coming Democalypse.  In the last century and a half America has mixed it up with Reconstruction, Jim Crow, red-lining, civil rights, school desegregation, school busing, affirmative action, diversity, the Community Reinvestment Act, "affordable housing," and two "first black presidents."  The whole point of politics is to "do something."

The "TV Gap" Cripples Minority Kids.  A powerfully disturbing new report by the Kaiser Family Foundation shows that black and Hispanic kids consume 4½ more hours of media every day than their white counterparts — investing a startling total of more than 90 hours a week on television, video games, social networking and other distractions.  "It's clear that, overall, American youth spend an enormous amount of time with media, but minorities spend most of their waking hours with media," says study director Ellen Wartella, head of the Center on Media and Human Development at Northwestern University.  The chief culprit is television, of course:  black youngsters spend more than 41 hours a week watching the tube, while white kids devote less than 25 hours per week.

A Look Back At The Great Church Fire Propaganda Campaign.  Fifteen summers ago, America's news media informed us that black churches throughout the South were being torched by white racists.  The purported wave of arsons dominated the airwaves and generated thousands of newspaper articles.  Pundits, politicians and preachers decried the terrorism and the hate it represented.  In fact, it never happened.

As gov't plays 'father,' 'black males have become dispensable'.  In an appearance on Thursday night's [6/2/2011] "Stossel" on the Fox Business Network, [Walter E.] Williams argued that welfare has done more damage to black society than slavery or Jim Crow.  "[T]he welfare state has done to black Americans what slavery could not have done, the harshest Jim Crow laws and racism could not have done, namely break up the black family," Williams said.  "That is, today, just slightly over 30 percent of black kids live in two parent families.  Historically, from 1870s on up to about 1940s, and depending on the city, 75 to 90 percent of black kids lived in two parent families.  Illegitimacy rate is 70 percent among blacks where that is unprecedented in our history."

The End of an Idea — Why Affirmative Action Should Stop.  Is there a color-coded graph somewhere that says the darker one is, the more consideration one is due?  Apparently not — given that most East Asians and Arabs are not usually extended affirmative action status.  OK, but do third-generation affluent Japanese-Americans qualify for preferences on the rationale that their parents as children were interned in camps in the American West; or fifth-generation Chinese because their great-great-grandparents were treated horribly while building the transcontinental railroad?

Osama Bin Laden's Anti-U.S. Strategy: Exploit Minority Converts.  According to materials in the cache of documents recovered in the U.S. Navy SEAL raid that brought down the terror leader, bin Laden planned to specifically recruit African-American Muslim converts to carry out attacks on the homeland.  The goal was to not only kill and maim in the actual operations, but to create a divisiveness that would cause more damage than al Qaeda could ever hope to do on their own.

Osama Bin Laden's strategy sounds familiar.  Wait just a minute, captured documents reveal that Osama Bin Laden wanted to use race and class warfare to weaken America?  Isn't that what the Democratic Party has been doing for the past half century?

UVA Afraid to Prosecute Lying Law Student.  A 25-year old University of Virginia law student Johnathan Perkins wrote a detailed account of police harassment and racial profiling in an April 22 Letter to the Editor of Virginia Law Weekly.  Naturally, the prestigious university began an investigation that culminated in Perkin's May 2 admission that he made the whole thing up in order "to bring attention to police misconduct." ... Despite the false allegations no charges will be filed against Perkins.

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Imagine what would have happened if a white guy had done the same thing.

The Curious Case of the Lying Law Student.  Attorney General Eric Holder will give the commencement address at the University of Virginia Law School.  Yes, the same institution where Johnathan Perkins is set to graduate May 22 despite the fact that he lied to UVA police, the university community, and Albemarle County.

7 Topics We Can't Have Adult Conversations About in America.  [#6]  Racism:  At what point can we all stop pretending that America hasn't done a 180 degree turn-around on race issues since the sixties?  People yell "racism" so much these days that you'd think Democrats like Bull Connor and George Wallace are still around persecuting black Americans.  Could we start by perhaps acknowledging that affirmative action is immoral government-sponsored racism against white Americans that undermines the achievements of all African Americans?  Is it worth discussing the possibility that the sky-high illegitimacy rate in black America is ten times more of a factor in their problems than racism?  How many black Americans fail simply because they've been told their entire lives that they're victims and that the deck is stacked against them?  How about black racism?  Louis Farrakhan, who's well liked in black America, is as much of a scumbag as a KKK leader and everyone knows black Americans supported Obama over Clinton purely because of his skin color.

Black Education:  [Scroll down]  Another part of the black education disaster has to do with the home environment.  More than 70 percent of black children are born to unwedded mothers, who are often themselves born to unwedded mothers.  Today's level of female-headed households is new in black history.  Until the 1950s, almost 80 percent of black children lived in two-parent households, as opposed to today's 35 percent.  Often, these unwedded mothers have poor parenting skills and are indifferent, and sometimes hostile, to their children's education.  The resulting poorly behaving students should not be permitted to sabotage the education of students whose parents are supportive of the education process.

Rep. Allen West — and the Congressional Black Caucus.  Of all the developments worth following these days, from the vigorous Republican insurgency to the apathetic Obama presidency, I'd like to add another:  the relationship between the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) and Republican freshman Allen West of Florida.  West, 50, is the first Republican to join the CBC since Congressman Gary Franks of Connecticut.

Race, Propaganda, and Schoolkids:  A new exhibit opened this week at the Boston Museum of Science called "RACE — Are we so different?"  [Caps in original.]  The exhibit offers a fascinating window into the fun-house mirror world of race theorists, racial "scholars," and a good part of the anthropology profession.  Even a sympathetic reviewer in the Boston Globe admits that "there's a wearying didacticism to the show," and it's no surprise that the didactic lessons about race are all slanted toward the left.

Black Education Disaster.  SAT scores confirm the poor education received by blacks.  In 2009, average SAT reading test scores were:  whites (528), Asians (516) and blacks (429).  In math it was whites (536), Asians (587) and blacks (426).  Twelve years of fraudulent primary and secondary education received by most blacks are not erased by four or five years of college.  This is evidenced by examination scores taken for admission to graduate schools.

Black Republican: Black Caucus preaches victimization and dependency.  Congressman-elect Allen West (R-Fla.), who said he plans to become the only black Republican in the Congressional Black Caucus, accused the organization of failing the black community by promoting dependence on government welfare programs.  "The Congressional Black Caucus cannot continue to be a monolithic voice that promotes these liberal social welfare policies and programs that are failing in the Black community, that are preaching victimization and dependency, that's not the way that we should go," West said on Fox News Friday [11/19/2010].

Let's Take This Country Back.  One thing is for sure:  Black Democrats love handouts.  They know that the Congressional Black Caucus will continue to fight for these handouts, which black Democrats now consider "entitlements."  Payback for slavery.  These days anything black Democrats want is considered an entitlement.  Gucci purses and 60-inch flat-screen TVs in their taxpayer-funded, government-gifted homes — all are entitlements.  For black Democrats, the government is supposed to provide food, shelter, clothing, cars (tricked out, of course), cable TV and PlayStations (the in-home babysitters), childcare, health care, and, of course, a check.

The Truth about Obama's Muslim 'Faith'.  As many know, there once was a great boxer named Cassius Clay.  He converted to Islam in 1964, seemingly bothered that Jesus was portrayed as "a white with blond hair and blue eyes," as he put it, and took the name "Muhammad Ali."  Of course, the irony of this is that despite being intensely aware of his slave roots, Ali rejected the name of an abolitionist (Clay) and took the name of a slave-owner (Muhammad).  It also perhaps eluded him that Christians were the first ones to outlaw slavery, while Muslims give black Africans rope and chains to this day.  But I mention this because Ali's path is a common one in the black community; it is why we've long had the Black Muslims and why Islamic names are so common among American blacks.  Many blacks have bought the bill of goods that Christianity is the white man's religion, the faith of oppressors.  And they embrace Islam as part of a rejection of "white" society.

Slaves on the Government Plantation.  At a recent press event sponsored by the Tea Party Express, some of America's most prominent leaders in the movement spoke out about race and charges of racism being hurled at the tea parties by the Obama administration, the Congressional Black Caucus and the NAACP.  In his remarks at the event, former Reagan administration ambassador Alan Keyes spoke of "rampant exploitation of the history of black Americans" by the Obama administration, using race as an instrument of political war to enslave all Americans.

A Liberal Judge Lights a Fuse.  Look what the culture war has done to liberals.  Seventy years ago liberals set out to fight against the white Southern obsession with race.  Now, after America elected a black president, liberals can think of nothing but race.

Why Young Black Males Are Not Graduating High School.  A new report from the Schott Foundation reveals that only 47 percent of black male students earn a high school diploma on time.  Ironically, this report came out shortly after Judge Vaughn Walker ruled regarding Proposition 8 in California.  If the statements on which Judge Walker based his ruling are "facts," how do we explain what is happening educationally to boys in the black community where a large majority are growing up without fathers?

Fat Black Kids Showcase America's Racism.  The most recent statement by Michelle Obama baffles me, as she compared black children's health to the age old Democrat policies of slavery and Jim Crow laws:  ... Imagine my surprise to learn that one can recognize racist policies caused fat black kids.  Here I thought racism was when black men intimidating white voters are not prosecuted for obvious voter intimidation, by a black Attorney General, simply because the perpetrators were black.  I erroneously believed that racism had occurred when a black president speaks out (without any facts) on behalf of a black professor behaving badly, and who is given preference over a white cop doing his job.

America's Ruling Class — And the Perils of Revolution.  [Scroll down]  By 1853, when Sen. John Pettit of Ohio called "all men are created equal" "a self-evident lie," much of America's educated class had already absorbed the "scientific" notion (which Darwin only popularized) that man is the product of chance mutation and natural selection of the fittest.  Accordingly, by nature, superior men subdue inferior ones as they subdue lower beings or try to improve them as they please.  Hence while it pleased the abolitionists to believe in freeing Negroes and improving them, it also pleased them to believe that Southerners had to be punished and reconstructed by force.  As the 19th century ended, the educated class's religious fervor turned to social reform:  they were sure that because man is a mere part of evolutionary nature, man could be improved, and that they, the most highly evolved of all, were the improvers.

Pigford v. Glickman:  86,000 claims from 39,697 total farmers?  If there are only 39,697 African-American farmers grand total in the entire country, then how can over 86,000 of them claim discrimination at the hands of the USDA?  Where did the other 46,303 come from?

Real Sherrod Story Still Untold.  [Scroll down]  The major media reported the settlement as though it were the signing of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.  For the last forty years, as the civil rights industry has manufactured more and more absurd grievances — most notably the Tea Party smear that incited Breitbart's reprisal — the media have reported on them with increasingly wide-eyed innocence.  In the various stories on the settlement, not one reporter that I could identify stopped to do the math. ... Although 86,000 black farmers are alleged to have received payments, at no time in the last three decades have there been more than 40,000 black farmers.  Nor is there much turnover in the farming business.

Obama Wants $1.25 B to Compensate up to 66,000 African American Farmers.  President Barack Obama is requesting $1.15 billion from Congress — to add to a $100-million earmark he pushed through Congress in 2008 when he was a senator — to create a $1.25 billion federal fund to settle discrimination claims by what the Justice Department says is 66,000 African Americans who "farmed or attempted to farm" and were allegedly the victims of discrimination committed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) during the period from Jan. 1, 1981 to Dec. 31, 1996.

Shirley Sherrod sues Andrew Breitbart over video he posted.  Shirley Sherrod has filed a defamation suit against Andrew Breitbart, the conservative gadfly she alleges triggered her firing by the Obama administration and ignited a national debate on race and reverse discrimination.

Our Problems are Not in the Atmosphere, But On the Earth.  A delegation of 20 black mayors representing the National Conference of Black Mayors arrived in Washington, DC to lobby congress to pass legislation to promote "clean energy."  According to the delegation's press release, they want "a national plan to move their cities to become more energy efficient, reduce pollution and create new clean energy jobs and businesses."  But is black unemployment twice the national unemployment rate because of carbon emissions?

Civil Rights of My Fathers.  Times have changed, but people have not.  Today, the word "justice" is used to mask opportunism, while falsehoods ooze from the government media to dupe the uninformed.  Is being free from responsibility truly freedom?  It is not.  This progressive socialist dream ends in the sad hopelessness of dependence and slavery.  The groups have changed, but the theme remains the same.  This time, socialists are in power, using race and class as a weapon to justify theft from all American taxpayers to buy influence and reward their supporters with the spoils of their treachery.

America's new N-word is lightning rod.  [Scroll down]  "Whites succumb to Negrophilia when, believing that people of color are somehow more benevolent and less corruptible than themselves, they develop an undue affinity for them," says [Erik] Rush.  "Blacks suffer worse.  They're denied accountability for their own actions," he continues.  "They're shackled with accepting the nobility — no matter how lacking — of all black 'leaders.'  They're ripe for the 'rescue' of predatory, opportunistic members of the black community — in concert with white politicians scheming for personal enrichment."

Can black Americans afford Obama?  Early indications suggest that the Barack Obama presidency might turn out to be similar to the failed presidency of Jimmy Carter.  That's bad news for the nation but especially bad news for black Americans.  No white presidential candidate had to live down the disgraced presidency of Carter but I'm all too fearful that a future black presidential candidate will find himself carrying the heavy baggage of a failed black president.

Are Liberals Breaking Up with Obama?  [Scroll down]  At the end of the day, every one of these folks who rallied the votes for Obama — based on nothing but his skin color and teleprompted eloquence — have done far more damage to the cause of African-American parity than if they had refused to indulge their identity politics and had looked at the candidate's bona fides with a skeptical, purely investigative eye.

How Is Rigging Elections Fair to Immigrants?  A Nebraska town wants renters to prove they are in the country legally, and Port Chester, N.Y., was forced to swallow a goofy voting scheme that makes sense only if the aim is to erase the distinction between legal and illegal immigrants.  Under the plan, imposed by a federal judge in response to a 2006 Justice Department civil-rights suit, each voter in the board of trustees election got six votes.  A voter could give all six votes to one candidate, or divide them among several.

Slaves to the government dole.  Throughout our history, politicians and pundits have often said "America is at a crossroads."  Sometimes it was true, as in the final convulsive years leading up to the Civil War when we decided to end slavery.  New data on personal income, taxes and dependency makes clear that the country is again at a historic crossroad and another form of slavery is the central issue.  There are no iron chains involved this time, but dependence on government for economic sustenance is no less an enslavement.

The Abolition of the Family:  [Scroll down slowly]  It is not by accident that over 70% of black children in America are born out of wedlock.  Almost 50% of young black men in America are unemployed.  And without a job, a man has no incentive to start or remain with his family.  The Obama administration has done next to nothing to stimulate those parts of the economy that provide employment for young men and, therefore, protect and strengthen the family.  This is the dirtiest and nastiest of not-so-secret secrets that no one seems to want to address.

The Right To Discriminate.  [Scroll down]  When I was selecting a marriage partner, I systematically discriminated against white women, Asian women and women of other ethnicities that I found less preferable.  The Nation of Islam discriminates against white members.  The Aryan Brotherhood discriminates against having black members.  The Ku Klux Klan discriminates against having Catholic and Jewish members.  The NFL discriminates against hiring female quarterbacks.  The NAACP National Board of Directors, at least according to the photo on their Web page, has no white members.

Hypocrisy in the Liberal Establishment.  It is absolutely clear that in 2010 conservative and Republican American blacks can't express their views without fear of reprisal and retaliation.  Is this the intent of the Civil Rights movement that blacks can only be free if they agree with the Democratic Party way of thinking?

The Black Church's Commitment to Obama.  Ninety-six percent of black voters, many of whom are Christians, cast their votes for Barack Obama.  I question:  Did your desire to see a black man in the White House trump your commitment to Christ and Christian values and principles? ... My family and most of my black friends are Christians striving to live lives which honor Christ.  And yet, there is a huge disconnect between their Christianity and their irrational, blind, and near-idol-worship of Obama.  Will the truth about Obama make a difference?  For some, I think not.  For those of you who value your commitment to Christ more than your loyalty to skin color, here are a few facts.

Black Americans and Liberty.  The heroic civil rights movement, culminating with the 1964 Civil Rights Act, put an end to the grossest abuses of personal liberties, but government evolved into a subtler enemy.  Visit any major city and one would find that the overwhelmingly law-abiding members of the black community are living in constant fear of robbery, assault and murder.  In fact, 52 percent of U.S. homicides are committed by blacks, 49 percent of homicide victims are black and 93 percent of them were murdered by fellow blacks.  The level of crime in black communities is the result of government's failure to perform its most basic function, namely the protection of its citizens.

Black students' field trip draws parents' anger in Michigan.  A school district in Michigan is defending its intentions after a field trip by African-American elementary students drew complaints from excluded children and their parents.

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Imagine the uproar if a public school scheduled a field trip for whites only.

Tyranny May Be Closer than We Think.  Nancy Pelosi, the most arrogant and polarizing Speaker in the history of the House, dismissed the Tea Party as nothing more than "disheartened Republicans and racists, who could not accept a bi-racial man as president."  Similarly, the mainstream media and Democrat activists, evidently taking their orders from the Speaker's office, tried to portray the health care debate as being based solely on President Obama's race rather than on the policies of an overreaching government.  Therefore, we are in the bizarre position of having the first black POTUS, while being constantly scolded for being racist.

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Well, let's not make that mistake again.  Since we will be branded as racists in any case, why continue with "affirmative action"?

Race and Politics:  Few combinations are more poisonous than race and politics.  That combination has torn whole nations apart and led to the slaughters of millions in countries around the world.

Race and Politics:  Part II.  No dogma has caused more mischief — and, in some countries, tragedies — than the notion that there is something strange and wrong when some groups are "over-represented" or "under-represented" in some occupations or institutions.  This dogma is so widely accepted, and so deeply entrenched, that no one asks for evidence and no speck of evidence is offered.  Moreover, tons of evidence to the contrary are ignored.

Race and Politics:  Part IV.  One of the most ominous developments of our time has been the multicultural dogma that all cultures are equal.  It is one of the many unsubstantiated assertions that have become fashionable among self-congratulatory elites, with hard evidence being neither asked for nor offered.

How the Civil Rights Movement Jumped the Shark.  There is no reason in 21st century America on an issue that is not a black or white or a civil rights issue to have a bloc of black people walk slowly through a mostly white crowd to make a racial point.  The walk in and of itself — with two of the participants holding their handheld cameras above their heads hoping to document "proof" — was an act of racism meant to create a contrast between the tea party crowd and themselves.

The soft bigotry of low expectations, blackboard jungle edition.  The Obama administration's Department of Education has announced that it will crack down on "civil-rights infractions" in public schools, including alleged disparities in the disciplining of white and black students.  The notion behind this initiative is that black students are disproportionately subjected to discipline they don't deserve.  That doesn't seem to be the case in the Philadelphia public school system, however.  There, as Abigail Thernstrom and Tim Fay report, it appears that African American students frequently harass and attack Asian students without consequence.

Listen to the Panther.  As Eldridge Cleaver understood, when the individual is crushed, so is his sense of self-respect and self-reliance.  Since LBJ's Great Society initiatives, billions of dollars have been spent augmenting the state in relation to the individual lives of most black Americans.  Is Colbert King happy with the results?  Is socialized medicine as important to the black community as the staggering numbers of children who grow up without a father in the home?

The soft bigotry of low expectations.  The Obama administration's Department of Education has announced that it will crack down on "civil-rights infractions" in public schools, including alleged disparities in the disciplining of white and black students.  This means that the administration will identify and investigate situations in which a facially neutral discipline system — offense X brings punishment Y — results in blacks being discplined more often than whites.  School systems will face the prospect of being punished unless they can explain the disparities, presumably based on a painstaking analysis of each disciplinary decision.

It's the Culture, Stupid.  [Scroll down]  With blacks overrepresented among single parent families — by 1993, 57 percent of black children were growing up in a single-parent household, as compared to 21 percent of white children — white homeownership rates inevitably outstripped those for black homeownership.  In the early 1990s, that gap was at least 25 percentage points, typically around 70 percent for whites and in the low 40s for blacks.  The Clintons and their allies, however, refused to acknowledge family breakdown as a problem, let alone as an explanation for the disparity in homeownership rates.  Their preferred explanation for just about everything unpleasant was the inevitable "racism."

WaPo/Henry Louis Gates Website Wants to Write Black Conservatives Out of Black History.  As Black History Month draws to a close, the web site The Root has chosen to publish a hateful article that demeans black conservatives solely for their political views — grouping them with brutal dictators, convicted criminals and self-centered celebrities.

Housing as Busing.  With a Westchester decision, the feds decree that neighborhoods must seek minority residents.

Michelle Obama, Liberal Government and Obesity:  Even holding steady for all other factors, research concludes that poor black women and their children are the most disproportionately affected by skyrocketing obesity rates.  The largest single indicator for poverty and, later, dropping out of high school is birth to an unmarried mother.  Unmarried women and their children are the largest recipient group of welfare state entitlement programs and also the group most rigidly trapped in failing government schools.  In 2007, 72% of all black children born in the USA, were born out of wedlock.

Blacks, Youths, and CPAC:  At CPAC, I saw an army of young, brilliant, and enthusiastic conservatives waiting in the wings for their opportunities to fight.  I met proud, grateful black Americans who did not drink the Obama Kool-Aid and instead are eagerly pursuing their dreams.

The Fraud of Progressive Nobility:  Amid a finger-pointing blame fest, "minority advocates" still supply the crutches on which minorities lean.  For instance, affirmative action strengthens the haplessness in "protected classes" that motivated liberals to "protect" those classes in the first place.  Interestingly, Johns Hopkins and Syracuse Universities researchers found that immigrant black children attend college at a 25 percent higher rate, and upper echelon schools at a four times higher rate, than multigenerational African-American children.

We Have Race on the Brain.  Intermarriage and assimilation should have made racial lines almost meaningless. Barack Obama, Valerie Jarrett, and Eric Holder talk about being black; but they are not nearly so in comparison to my Sikh neighbors in the Central Valley, who both are darker and, I imagine, have had harder childhoods.  (What constitutes being "black," or are we back to the Old Confederacy for the one-sixteenth rule?)

Under Barack Obama, US is obsessed with race but can't talk about it.  American politicians have got themselves into a real bind.  They have to fret constantly about race but cannot talk honestly about it.

Black Education.  Standard psychobabble asserts a positive relationship between the race of teachers and administrators and student performance.  That's nonsense.  Black academic performance is the worst in the very cities where large percentages of teachers and administrators are black, and often the school superintendent is black, the mayor is black, most of the city council is black and very often the chief of police is black.

Berkeley's Unbearable Whiteness of Science.  The racial madness that has left-wing America in its thrall finds its apogee in the Berkeley, California public schools.  Berkeley High School is now poised to eliminate science laboratory classes because "science labs were largely classes for white students."

Black History Month Should Be about Black History.  [Scroll down]  I mean, after all, it is a part of history.  But what is so wrong is that these race exploiters imply that current race relations in America have not come very far from the days of blacks being lynched.  Thus, Black History Month in reality is the liberal democrats' annual fundraiser and promo campaign for more entitlement programs.

King had a dream, but blacks now face a nightmare.  When was the last time you heard anyone express outrage over the fact that up to half of the black kids in major cities are high school dropouts?  Black America is in a state of crisis and not only are we being ignored by those for whom we vote, we are being ignored by the press and the "civil rights movement".

The Boys Who Cry Racism.  [Scroll down]  Those liberals who've lately been issuing the racism charge so promiscuously (speaking of aberrant hearts and minds) are aiming it not at skinheads living in their parents' basements or at would-be Klansmen, but at decent Americans with the temerity to object to presidential policies that they believe would damage both the quality of their lives and the nation itself:  in short, at Americans acting in the best tradition of democratic citizenship.  This is so preposterous that literally millions who've never before given the matter any thought are taking notice.

Imagined ethnicity and Obama:  It is "black" Americans who pay the highest price for living under the dominion of the exploitative political class which Obama now exemplifies — and which another Hawaii student has just begun to discover.

Before Dreams, There Was Roots.  As evidence mounts that Obama did not exactly write Dreams unassisted, [Rocco] Landesman gives us a good indication of how America's cultural honchos will react.  For a century, in fact, they have been heaping uncritical praise on undeserving artists of a certain political stripe, especially minority artists.  And for a century, they have been pulling the curtain shut behind their pet wizards when anyone questions their wizardry.

Top Ten Reasons Black America Fears Rush Limbaugh.  [#10] If you want to believe blacks are eternal victims in America, do not listen to Rush Limbaugh.  [#9] If you do not want to take responsibility for your life, do not listen to Rush Limbaugh.  [#8] If you are a dead beat loser who voted for Obama in hope of him redistributing what others worked for to you, do not listen to Rush Limbaugh.

Why is the Left so angry at Blacks who love America?  I stated three things in [a CNN] interview.  One, I refer to myself as an American rather than a hyphenated African-American.  Two, the tea party protests are against President Obama's policies, not his race.  The protesters are decent hardworking concerned citizens.  Three, the American people are not racist.  These statements inspired immediate outrage from the so-called tolerant and compassionate Left.  An email from a self proclaimed Marxist threatened physical harm to me. ... A creative leftist called me a "Toxic Negro".  Another called me a "sell out".

The R-bomb:  Are You A Racist?  Racism today belongs to a class of words whose definitions have remarkably little fixed meaning.  But racism once described unwholesome behavior that on its own was measurable — like refusing to sell your home to members of certain minorities.  Somewhere along the line, what began to identify racism seems to have changed, from the behavior itself, to whether someone took offense.

Is Disagreement with Obama Racism?  When one says that race is no longer the problem it once was, it is not the same as saying that there are not major problems that confront a large segment of the black population.  Grossly fraudulent education is a major problem but it has nothing to do with racial discrimination as evidenced by the fact that the worse education received is in the very cities where blacks dominate the political structure.  Crime is a major problem but it has nothing to do with racial discrimination, particularly in light of the fact that blacks commit most of the violent crime in America and well over 90 percent of their victims are black.  The fact of a 70 percent illegitimacy rate and only 35 percent of black children raised in two-parent homes is a major problem but it has nothing to do with racial discrimination.

5 Reasons Obama's Election Is Bad For Race Relations:  [#1]  Black Democrats put race first to elect Obama:  It's no longer a surprise when black Democrats vote as an almost monolithic block for Democratic candidates over Republicans.  It's just something that has come to be expected.  However, when black Americans started voting for Barack Obama over Hillary Clinton by the same lopsided margins that people normally saw in general elections, it sent a simple message:  With black Americans, race comes first.  If white Americans felt the same way, there's certainly no way that Barack Obama could ever have been elected President.

Inner cities provide a snapshot of America's future.  Blacks are not given enough credit for being trendsetters in America.  Blacks started playing the blues, jazz, and R&B, then the rest of America started playing them.  Blacks discovered the politics of victimhood, then the rest of America started catching on.  Black women got into having babies without marriage.  Then white women started getting into it and the incidence of white out-of-wedlock births today — almost 30 percent — is higher than the black rate in the 1960's.  Blacks bought into dependency and the welfare state.  Now the rest of America has bought in.

Why I am no longer an African American.  As a black woman in the Age of Obama, I don't see anything that reveals that Blacks in America have anything to celebrate. ... It is obvious that the inspiration for the classification of African American has nothing to do with those born of African descent.  It is a radical group of Black Americans who hold to the anti-American views of those shared by Jeremiah Wright, Professor Gates, Jesse Jackson, President Obama and many others who came out of the radical Civil Rights Movement.  Because of these things, I now part ways with the classification of African American because I hold no allegiance to Africa.

Happy Now, Mr. Holder?  What a mess.  Everyone is electrified by the pervasive racism in the air, yet not one racist statement or action can be pinpointed amid the ambi-directional outrage.  Near misses are everywhere.  Serena Williams blows up at a U.S. Open line judge of a different ethnicity.  Rapper Kanye West interrupts the award acceptance speech of a white singer only to praise her black competitor.  A white teen is beaten up by two black teens on a school bus in Illinois and the mostly black teenage audience cheers.  But those stories, from the worlds of sports, entertainment, and adolescence serve as the collective backdrop for the main near-miss events at the heart of American government.

The Obsolescence of a Slur.  Are Obama's critics really racists?  It is a serious charge.  If true, it means the hope of a color-blind society is essentially over after a half-century of civil-rights progress.  If false, it means that we have institutionalized vicious smears as legitimate political tactics — and, in the process, discredited the entire dialogue that surrounds racial prejudice.  How do we determine the accuracy of the "racism" charges?

Tiger Woods:  The First $1B Athlete.  Tiger Woods had two reasons to celebrate his victory at the FedEx Cup in Atlanta last Sunday.  Not only did he earn another trophy, he set another record as well, becoming the first athlete to top $1 billion in career earnings, according to Forbes magazine.

Questions Even Glenn Beck Hasn't Asked.  [Scroll down]  Why, in 2009 America, are mulattoes invariably identified as blacks?  Surely there is nothing wrong with being a mulatto.  There is no stigma attached, as once there was.  It merely refers to those who have one white parent and one black.

Dear White Liberal America:  Thank you very, very much.  You see us poor helpless inferior blacks (oh forgive me, I must be politically correct, "African Americans"), and you want to help us using your superior intellect.  After all, we could not possibly succeed in this racist, homophobic and greedy country without your assistance.

Obama's Well Organized Community Is Falling Apart.  Obama has spent an entire lifetime surrounded by some of the world's worst thugs.  If he is unable to move their agenda forward, his life will be at risk from within his own ranks. ... Even though I oppose everything Obama is and everything he stands for, I pray for his safety.  You can bet your last dollar... his well organized community is falling apart as his agenda begins to crumble.  They will be very motivated to ignite a second civil war as they watch their agenda die a brutal political death.

Is Profiling Racist?  Because of a correlation between race, sex and disease, the physician is using a cheap-to-observe characteristic, such as race or sex, as an estimate for a more costly-to-observe characteristic, the presence of a disease.  The physician is practicing both race and sex profiling.  Does that make the physician a racist or sexist?  Should he be brought up on charges of racial discrimination because he's guessing that his black patients are more likely to suffer from prostate cancer?  Should sex discrimination or malpractice suits be brought against physicians who prescribe routine mammograms for their female patients but not their male patients?

Who's a Racist?  Do Barack Obama and the Democrat Party foster racism and use it as a political tool?  The cold, hard truth that no one on the Left wants to admit is that they do.

More about liberals and minorities.

Black Radicals Cite Racism and Capitalism as Causes of Black Troubles.  [Carl] Dix and [Cornel] West are living embodiments of the leftist worldview which holds that all human pathology is rooted, ultimately, in the external world, in the society at large, rather than within the hearts and minds of individual people.  This axiom leads, logically, to the leftist precept that the only way to improve the lives of the masses is not merely to tinker around the edges, but rather to structurally transform the foundational institutions of the nation — most especially its capitalist economic system.

Impersonating a Victim.  This past March 29th, Professor Henry Louis Gates was being interviewed in front of a small group by Walter Isaacson on C-SPAN's Book TV.  Thirty-three minutes into the discussion about his new book on Lincoln, Professor Gates began a detailed account of his own genealogy.  He said that in doing so he had discovered he was about "50% white".  He said that this was quote, "To my astonishment and horror...".  He continued by saying that he had subsequently sent his DNA off to be tested.  This time, upon finding out he was "57% white", he said again, "to my horror .... I was becoming more white by the minute".  To this Gates, Isaacson and everyone else there chuckled.  Something tells me that if Mr. Isaacson had said that he also had sent his DNA off and found that to his "astonishment and horror" he was 57% black, no one would chuckle, least of all the Professor of African American Studies at Harvard, Dr. Gates.

The Reality of Black Crime.  I'll be ready to concede that "race" — defined, per Obama, Holder, Ogletree, and Gates, as racism and skin color — remains a significant factor in social outcomes when the same proportion of black children as white children are raised in two-parent, married households without greatly lowering the black poverty rate, or when black crime drops to white and Asian levels without proportionally reducing the black prison population.  Until we conduct that experiment, though — which is wholly within the capacity of individuals to do — I'll remain skeptical that the race activists' favorite "race issues" are predominantly the consequence of white Americans' atavistic bigotry.

Cop killer hailed as 'Muslim martyr'.  [Scroll down]  What these groups say is that any killing of whites, including in this case Clemmons' cold-blooded murder of officers Renninger, Owens, Griswald, and Richards, is "a legitimate protest".  Black Male Felon celebrates the killings as "Brother Maurice Clemmons' daring stand against white police terrorism."  The theme of National Black Foot Soldiers is captured in the slogan:  "When whites pay reparations there will be no more black on white crime."

When will White America be off the Hook for Sins of the Past?  Oprah, a black woman, is the richest and most influential woman in America and possibly the world. ... Did I mention that the president of the United States of America is a black man?  With blacks only 13% of the U.S. population, none of these extraordinary black achievements could have happened without tremendous support from white America.  So, when will white America be off the hook for sins of the past?

No wonder black America doesn't have a clue.  While flipping through the channels with my remote, I stopped on the movie "Diary of a Mad Black Woman" on BET (Black Entertainment Television).  Excellent movie.  During a commercial break, they gave a news update.  An announcer said, "They tried to get the Bronx kid, Sonia Sotomayor, but she beat them."  There was not one mention of Sotomayor's controversial racist statements.  Thus, ill-informed black viewers who don't follow the news closely are led to conclude that those "evil racist white Republicans" are at it again trying to block a person of color.

More Scandals Haunt Sotomayor.  False accusations against white people are tolerated by the media, even the conservative media.  This is why Al Sharpton is a frequent guest on the O'Reilly show, despite his participation in the Tawana Brawley hoax, whereby he falsely accused a group of white men of raping a black woman.  But accurate accusations of racism against members of minority groups who make racist statements are not tolerated.

How About A National Conversation on Race Hoaxes?  [Scroll down]  We wouldn't have known about this case at all if the professor, Henry Louis Gates Jr., hadn't blast e-mailed the universe that he was harassed by racist cops.  Gates thought it would be a feather in his cap, not realizing there are huge areas of the country where people don't think it's heroic to browbeat cops checking on you after you break into your own house, such as 99 percent of the country outside of Cambridge.

Why Racialism?  Why is Sonia Sotomayor allowed to get away with being described, or describing herself as "non-white"?  I thought, as every MSM or government report on any race statistics puts it:  "Hispanics can be of any race."  She looks strikingly like my wife's in-laws — Italian.  Are Italians not "white"?

King Family Takes Fees From Funds Raised for the MLK Memorial Project.  The family of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. has charged the foundation building a monument to the civil rights leader on the National Mall about $800,000 for the use of his words and image — an arrangement one leading scholar says King would have found offensive.

Race Talk for "African-Americans".  What to call black people has to be confusing to white people.  Having been around for 73 years, I have been through a number of names.  Among the polite ones are: colored, Negro, Afro-American, black, and now African-American.  Among those names, African-American is probably the most unintelligent.

Instituting a Safeguard Against Political & Ideological Tyranny.  It is fairly clear, to anyone paying attention, that the people of the United States are currently suffering the political tyranny of the special interest minority. ... Instead of celebrating the hybrid identity that is American and standing as one people in support and defense of a singular culture we have become a country of hyphenated Americans all too willing to put our individual and special interest needs ahead of honest politics, good government and Americanism.

Of course he's a socialist.  [President Obama]  apparently believes that the people of color of all races — Chinese, Malays, Native Americans, Cubans, Hawaiians, Andaman Islanders, Indonesians, Eskimos, Philipinos, Africans, and even Muslims — have been systematically persecuted by whites.  That is bizarrely wrong as a point of fact, if you just look at the actual majority of Asian kids in some of the best American universities today; or if you look at the decades of foreign aid Americans have given to poor nations.

Uncle sam redefines "parents" — problem solved!
Black Families Showing Gains?  The New York Times headline "2-Parent Black Families Showing Gains," Wednesday seemed like great news.  After decades of decline, more black kids are finally growing up with their mothers and fathers!  Alas, check out the third paragraph of the piece:  "The Census Bureau attributed an indeterminate amount of the increase to revised definitions adopted in 2007, which identify as parents any man and woman living together, whether or not they are married or the child's biological parents."

Re: Holder's Shame.  The elephant in the room in discussions of race isn't white prejudice; it's the breakdown of the black family and all the attendant social pathologies that emanate from it.  When 7-out-of-10 black babies are born to single women and more than half of black children spend most of their childhood without a father at home, there are consequences:  lower academic performance, more juvenile delinquency and adult crime, more dependence on government assistance, and a greater likelihood to repeat the cycle again by having more children born out of wedlock to the next generation.  Yet virtually no one in the black community in any position of authority and responsibility is willing to talk about this issue.

White guilt? Done; over; history.  There's a massive silver lining in the magical clouds that lofted Barack Obama to the presidency.  For today, without a shred of intellectually legitimate opposition, I can loudly proclaim to America:  The Era of White Guilt is over.  This seemingly impossible event occurred because the vast majority of white Americans didn't give a fluff about skin color and enthusiastically pulled the voting lever for a black man.  Not just any black man.  A very liberal black man who spent his early career race-hustling banks, praying in a racist church for 20 years, and actively working with America-hating domestic terrorists.  Yet white Americans made Barack Obama their leader.  Therefore, as of Nov. 4, 2008, white guilt is dead.

Should Obama's replacement be black?  Although Barack Obama's historic election will place an African-American in the White House, it will reduce the number of African-Americans in the Senate to zero.  That's an even lonelier number than one, and it is not a number that this nation should be proud of.  So the question is:  Does Obama's replacement in the Senate have to be black?

The Editor says...
Evidently the author believes that skin color is a candidate's primary qualification.  The last thing this country needs is a racial quota in the Senate.  Nor should there be an assumption that only blacks can represent certain parts of the country.

The End Of Racism?  Sure, there are racists.  There are also rust and mosquitoes, and there always will be.  Life goes on.  I know — what about "societal" racism?  Well, if we can now relax about the backward folk "out there," then maybe Obama in the White House can help open up an honest discussion about the role racism does not play in black communities' problems.

The chilling and cowardly words of Eric Holder:  Attorney General Eric Holder thinks Americans are "a nation of cowards" on matters of race.  This is the same Holder who kowtowed to Bill Clinton to help secure Clinton's pardon of fugitive financier Marc Rich.  And the same Holder who prostrated himself to Hillary Clinton's political ambitions by helping arrange pardons for 16 Puerto Rican terrorists.  Now, he has the nerve to call the rest of us cowards, even as he speaks as the man who controls the entire federal law-enforcement apparatus?  Quite simply, Holder has insulted all Americans, regardless of age or ethnicity.

We Are All Cowards Now.  What's so disconcerting is that a man at the top of his profession, with a wife at the top of hers, in a country that has rewarded his accomplishments and whose people have made epic strides toward the creation of an equitable society, lectures us in a way that can only divide us.  But that's the infernal paradox of multiculturalism.  It preaches tolerance but practices divisiveness.  It pretends to be even-handed but imposes severe restrictions on speech.  It censors brilliant scholars and independent-minded students.  And then the Attorney General criticizes those who don't want to play that self-destructive game.

MLK Vision Fulfilled, say Blacks.  On the first Martin Luther King holiday since Barack Obama was elected President of the United States, most blacks say the King vision is fulfilled, according to a CNN Poll. ... The truth is:  whatever people feel, the objective facts are that blatant racism, expressed in laws that limit the rights of non-white races in the public square, is a very small problem today.  And that's a good thing.

Getting Beyond Race (And White Guilt):  The fact that the nation elected a black president hopefully might turn our attention away from the false notion that discrimination explains the problems of a large segment of the black community, to the real problems that have absolutely nothing to do with discrimination.  The illegitimacy rate among blacks stands at about 70%.  Less than 40% of black children are raised in two-parent households.  Those are major problems, but they have nothing to do with racial discrimination.

How Can a "Fellow Black Republican" Oppose Obama?  Do you know that Democrats opposed the 13th, 14th and 15th amendments to the Constitution — abolishing slavery, granting citizenship rights to newly freed slaves, and guaranteeing the right to vote (at least on paper) to blacks, respectively?  Do you know that most of the politicians who stood for segregation were Southern Democrats?  Do you know that the Ku Klux Klan was founded by Democrats, one of whose goals was to stop the spread of the Republican Party?  Do you know that, as a percentage of the party, more Republicans than Democrats voted for the Civil Rights Act of 1964?

Fidel Castro Endorses Obama — Again.  For the record:  Fidel Castro, forcibly overthrew a black Cuban head of state (Fulgencio Batista) and replaced his government with one where only nine percent of the ruling Stalinist party is black and where the prison population is 80 to 90 percent black.  He jailed the longest suffering black political prisoner of modern history (Eusebio Penalver who suffered longer in Castro's dungeon's than Nelson Mandela suffered in South Africa's.)  He sentenced other blacks (Dr Elias Biscet, Jorge Antunez) to 20 year sentences essentially for quoting Martin Luther King Jr. in a public square.

Readiness crucible.  [Barack] Obama's success is truly a remarkable commentary on the goodness of Americans and how far we've come in resolving matters of race.  I'm 72 years old.  For almost all of my life, a black having a real chance at becoming the president of the United States was at best a pipe dream.  Mr. Obama has convincingly won primaries in states with insignificant black populations.  As such, it further confirms what I've often said:  The civil rights struggle in America is over and it's won.

Obama's Racial Catch-22:  The rapturous coverage of the Obama campaign during the primary was less about Obama himself than it was America congratulating itself for being willing to consider a black man for president, with the subtext being that the United States had finally liberated itself from its racist past.

The Impact Of Violence On Public Education:  In large and mid-sized cities there remain a disproportionate number of minority students as compared with suburban and rural schools.  In New York, 80 percent of the students in the state's large and mid-sized cities are minority, compared with 6 percent in suburban and rural areas.  In Pennsylvania the ratio is 65 percent to 4 percent, and in Washington D.C., 96 percent of the total school population is minority.

The Editor says...
If 94 percent are in the minority, one of us doesn't know what "minority" means.

Michael Moore, Frank Rich, Jeremiah Wright and John Hagee:  Whether out of guilt or because of its own racist views (i.e., the unspoken but regularly implied belief in the inferiority of African-Americans), the left-of-center's general attitude toward black Americans has been that they cannot be judged by the same standards as others.  From lowering standards of admission to universities to blaming the high number of black men in prison for violent crimes on white racism to decades of cultivating black victimhood and the subsequent Wright-like rage against America, liberals and their party, the Democrats, have immeasurably hurt African-Americans and America.

The Race Minefield:  It was a moving speech [at the 2004 Democratic National Convention], filled with hopeful sentiments.  But two years later, Senator Barack Obama, with two years' experience in the Senate and his eye on a presidential run, taped a radio ad attacking the Michigan Civil Rights Initiative (MCRI), going out of his way to defend racial preference policies that by their very definition divide Americans into blacks, whites, Latinos, and Asians.

Why Shakir Can't Read:  Shakir's family situation is a significant part of his problem.  He is one of four children to a twenty-something mother who has three other children by three different men, and she might well be pregnant again by her current boyfriend.  Shakir's mother is unemployed and on welfare.

Rene Marie's 15 Minutes of Fame

Hijacked anthem brings a chorus of complaints.  Rene Marie … was supposed to sing the Star-Spangled Banner at Tuesday's State of the City address [7/1/2008] in Denver, but she substituted the lyrics with a song of her own choosing.  Marie sang "Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing," a song informally referred to as the "black national anthem."

Singer subs 'black anthem' for 'Star Spangled Banner'.  A singer who was to perform the "Star Spangled Banner" at the presentation of Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper's State of the City address yesterday substituted the "Black National Anthem" without notifying anyone, because she says as a black, she just doesn't feel American.

Why a Black Artist Replaced the National Anthem:  Last week in Denver, almost all the values of the post-1960s left were exhibited in one act.  It happened on the Denver mayor's most important day — the one in which he was to deliver his annual State of the City Address.  The day was to begin with the singing of the National Anthem by the black jazz singer Rene Marie.  But Ms. Marie had, by her own admission, long had other plans.

Why a Black Artist Replaced the National Anthem:  [Scroll down]  The left's second contribution to Marie's value system has been its elevation of feelings above other values.  For example, one determines right and wrong on the basis of how one feels (as opposed to, let us say, asking what one's religion, or God, or any moral law that transcends one's own feelings would say on a given matter).  Now, the elevation of one's feelings above other considerations is generally viewed as a form of narcissism.  And while narcissism is as old as humanity, until the 1960s it was generally regarded as a character flaw.  Since the 1960s, however, it was more often heralded as a virtue.

One nation, one anthem.  As an individual with free will [Rene Marie] certainly had the choice and opportunity to do what she did.  But she's not protected from public rebuke for an inappropriate, unethical and deceitful. … Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing is not the black national anthem for the simple reason that there is no black nation on the North American continent.  African-Americans are Americans, not Liberians.

Five Racial Absolutes Become Myths:  White churches no longer have an invisible "no blacks wanted" sign hung over their doors.  The integration of congregations is not just being led by white pastors.  In 1981, I was one of the first black preachers in America to lead a predominately white congregation.  What was novel in those years, is becoming more and more common place today.

Media's Double Standard on Race-based Voting:  It is not really relevant, frankly, to point out that most black voters are going to vote in droves for Barack Obama.  Regardless of his race, black voters would vote for the Democrat.  But when you read about Congressman Steve Cohen's race in Tennessee's Ninth Congressional District, you really are confronted by both racism and anti-Semitism in a way we rarely think about in this country.  And the media is silent.  Barack Obama is silent.

Inconspicuous Consumption:  About seven years ago, University of Chicago economists Kerwin Kofi Charles and Erik Hurst were researching the "wealth gap" between black and white Americans when they noticed something striking.  African Americans not only had less wealth than whites with similar incomes, they also had significantly more of their assets tied up in cars.  The statistic fit a stereotype reinforced by countless bling-filled hip-hop videos:  that African Americans spend a lot on cars, clothes, and jewelry — highly visible goods that tell the world the owner has money.  But do they really?

The Democratic Party's Stealth War On Black Americans:  Democrats cooked up the great society, welfare, food stamps, and all other manner of government goodies because they said they wanted to "help" people.  What was the result of that "help?"  The Democrats did something that they hadn't managed to do when they enslaved black Americans, persecuted them with Jim Crow laws, or terrorized them with the Ku Klux Klan:  they managed to nearly destroy the black family.

The enemies of Jim Crow.  Many Americans know that it took strong government action in the 1950s and 1960s to end Southern segregation.  Far too few realize that it was government action that established segregation in the first place.  Today, when the power of the state is being aggrandized as never before, the history of Jim Crow offers a cautionary reminder:  When the political class overrides the private sector, what ensues can be a national disgrace.

What is Black Conservatism?  Respected and well-informed nonwhite spokespersons are increasingly taking up the challenge of bringing conservative and libertarian ideas to nonwhite audiences and bringing their own multicultural perspective to what has been a largely white social and political movement.  These spokespersons include Walter Williams, Thomas Sowell, Clarence Thomas, Herman Cain, and others.

Misstep in a Liberal Minefield:  America has passed another milestone on its march to equal opportunity thanks to Robert Johnson, founder of Black Entertainment Television, who this week proved that a black billionaire can be just as witless as are certain white billionaires who think their wisdom is commensurate with their net worth.  Introducing Clinton at a rally, Johnson called Obama a "guy who says, 'I want to be a reasonable, likable Sidney Poitier in 'Guess Who's Coming to Dinner.'"  For the uninitiated, that is how you call someone an Uncle Tom in an age that has not read "Uncle Tom's Cabin."

White guilt doesn't help blacks.  Among some black intellectuals a new perspective has emerged, one that puts racism and "white privilege" low on the list of problems plaguing black Americans.  Shelby Steele's latest book, "White Guilt" argues that whites do blacks no favors wringing their hands about white privilege.

Is Oprah a Racist?  Why carry water for Obama, but not Hillary Clinton or John Edwards?  From my vantage point, I can't see a scintilla of difference in their politics.  They're all left-wingers, after all, who believe that raising taxes is the solution to all problems.  The only difference I could see was the only difference that I could literally see — namely, that Barack Obama was darker complexioned than the other two.

Frivolous politics:  Part III.  Racial issues are just one of a growing number of issues where rational discussion has become virtually impossible.  Rational discussion would not serve the interests of the Democratic Party, and the Republicans think that the way to increase their small share of the black vote is to imitate the Democrats.

Census report sees minorities becoming majority by 2042.  In a new report out Thursday [8/14/2008], the U.S. Census Bureau projects the nation will become much more diverse by midcentury, with minorities forecast to become the majority population by 2042, experts said.  The growing national diversity is also a trend seen locally, particularly among Hispanics, experts said.

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More diverse?  The demographics are diverse whether the minority population is 4% or 40% — unless "diverse" is a just a politically correct code word meaning non-white, which is exactly the case.

The Truth In Black and White:  The term "black conservative" sounds like a strange twist of words to the average American.  There are certainly quite a few of them in America; they are not an endangered species!  In fact, I am one of them.  Yet I am convinced that the simplistic moniker of liberal vs. conservative is becoming outdated and meaningless.

Democrats and Apologies.  If Democrats are going to demand apologies for historic crimes, they need to inform themselves better about their own party's history.  The following racial crimes were perpetrated throughout American history by The Democratic Party, its leaders and supporters … In particular:
Sen. Robert Byrd has admitted having been a member of the Ku Klux Klan and he filibustered the 1964 Civil Rights act supported by Republicans in greater proportions than by Democrats;

Al Gore's father, Sen. Albert Gore Sr. also joined Sen. Byrd in the filibuster of the 1964 Civil Rights Act;

Sen. Ted Kennedy's father, Democrat Joseph Kennedy, the US Ambassador to Britain, was rabidly anti-Semitic and considered by the Nazi Ambassador to be "Germany's best friend" in London.

What is discrimination?  Discrimination is simply the act of choice.  When we choose Bordeaux wine, we discriminate against Burgundy wine.  When I married Mrs. Williams, I discriminated against other women.  Even though I occasionally think about equal opportunity, Mrs. Williams demands continued discrimination.

Should blacks air dirty laundry to a mainstream audience?  Late last year, essayist John Ridley wrote an article for Esquire magazine, using an in-your-face style to rip the black underclass.  He went on to describe famous blacks who've excelled in recent years — Condoleezza Rice, Colin Powell — and argued that the whole group benefited from their work.  It's up to us, he wrote, to emulate their success.

Cultural Whiplash:  The contemporary question of "race" is a question dealing with the derailment of philosophy (and the corresponding decline of morality and ethics) in the postmodern era. ... It is "alienation" not between black and white, but rather between God and man.  The urban black community has, in far too many instances, replaced God with the state and correctly sees the neo-Marxist Democrats as the state party, their ultimate benefactors.  (One might also argue that suburban whites have replaced God with materialism, but that's another essay.)

Man who cried prejudice is arrested.  A black man who claimed discrimination in a lawsuit against one of the Las Vegas Valley's toniest golf clubs has surrendered to federal authorities in Los Angeles after being indicted in an alleged $5 million investment scam.  On Tuesday [1/9/2007] the U.S. attorney's office called Steven M. Ferguson "an economic predator with no legitimate employment," charging him with 24 counts of fraud and money laundering after he allegedly fleeced investors of millions in investment schemes across the country over the last decade.  If convicted, Ferguson could be sentenced to as much as 225 years in federal prison.

Black Power:  The New Conservative Stronghold.  Black conservatives come in many sizes, shapes, and party affiliations.  The next two years are a perfect time for wise conservatives to build bridges with the leaders of the "new black church".  These church leaders are classical social conservatives.  They believe that government programs alone cannot stop crime, poverty, or poor schools.  The new black church is not waiting for a handout.  They are promoting immediate change through wiser, biblically-informed choices and personal accountability.

Race-card player dishonors true victims.  Your crass, manipulative use of the race-card-for-money insults countless men and women who endured indignities, marched and died, in order to provide you the right to work as a firefighter — an opportunity historically denied to qualified black men and women.  You, sir, are a disgrace.

Virginia Tech's Professor of Hate:  Many have asked:  "How could the English Department not recognize the horrific implications of these works?"  No one who wonders that, however, is familiar with the poetic oeuvre of one of Cho's own teachers, Virginia Tech's Distinguished Professor of English and Black Studies, Nikki Giovanni.  Among the most celebrated figures of the Black Arts Movement of the 1960s and recipient of 21 honorary degrees, Giovanni has published poems strikingly similar to Cho's plays in both vileness and incompetence.

Is immigration bad for blacks?  Perhaps the most tragic American paradox of the last half century is that as the legal and social restrictions hindering black economic advancement diminished and a sizable black middle class emerged, a large fraction of black men dropped out of the workforce and/or went to prison. … About one quarter of black male high school dropouts are locked up at any point in time.  Was immigration's depressing effect on wages responsible for this by dissuading less skilled blacks from honest labor?

Rap is the culprit in killing of black men.  Of Baltimore's nearly 300 homicide victims each year, the overwhelming majority of victims and killers are young black men.

An Open Letter to the Black Community.  Both personal and institutional racism will ultimately have to be overcome by black achievement.  We have got to personally pay the price to be in positions of authority that set the direction of the nation.  We will have to save ourselves by fighting for personal success that affects our community.  In other words, if I am a businessman, I must understand that I have both an economic mission and a cultural assignment to create good jobs, wealth, and influence.

How the Voting Rights Act promotes racial polarization:  With Congress poised to extend, for another quarter-century, certain "temporary" provisions of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, it's worth pondering some of the political mischief taking place these days in the name of "voting rights."

By Any Means Necessary.  A decision Tuesday [8/29/2006] by a federal judge in Detroit could set the stage for a sweeping expansion of the Voting Rights Act, which would turn the federal courts into a national campaign police.

Pandering to blacks:  Aside from [Senator John] Kerry being factually wrong about more blacks being in prison than in college, his vision differs little from one that holds blacks as a rudderless, victimized people who cannot control their destiny and whose best hope depends upon the benevolence of white people.

Martin Luther King's Conservative Legacy:  Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. was no stalwart conservative, yet his core beliefs, such as the power and necessity of faith-based association and self-government based on absolute truth and moral law, are profoundly conservative.  Modern liberalism rejects these ideas, while conservatives place them at the center of their philosophy.  Despite decades of its appropriation by liberals, King's message was fundamentally conservative.

'Marriage Is for White People'.  I grew up in a time when two-parent families were still the norm, in both black and white America.  Then, as an adult, I saw divorce become more commonplace, then almost a rite of passage.  Today it would appear that many — particularly in the black community — have dispensed with marriage altogether.

My new contribution to educational racism.  The UNC system has a different view of the relationship between guilty and innocent blacks.  We are reminded of that every time a black student commits a crime on campus.  The practice of publishing a photo of a guilty black student — or merely attaching the word "black" to a suspect's description in student newspapers — is met with scorn within the educational community.  This is because we bend over backwards to avoid punishing innocent blacks for the sins of guilty blacks.

The Myth Behind the Crisis in Black America.  Two things caused the downward spiral of poor blacks in Indianapolis and nationwide to the modern-day black underclass with which we are so familiar today:  (1) Adoption of a defiant anti-Establishment mentality as part of the countercultural revolution of the 1960s, cloaked in what John McWhorter calls "therapeutic alienation," in which righteous indignation against "the Man" for its own sake became praised by blacks and liberal whites alike as a badge of black authenticity; and (2) the expansion of welfare from a temporary assistance program for widows with children to a federal bureaucracy that basically subsidized out-of-wedlock childbearing, personal irresponsibility and an aversion to work.

Workers claim racial discrimination:  Bias or shakedown?  Twenty-two current and former employees have sued Ford Motor Co., claiming the automaker allowed discrimination against black employees to fester unchecked in recent years. … Tracing the lawsuits to their roots leads back, ironically perhaps, to a major push by Ford to hire and promote minorities.

Black Activists Outraged Over Liberal Merger of Abortion and Civil Rights.  Inclusion of Planned Parenthood in a self-described civil rights coalition has outraged members of the black leadership network Project 21, as Planned Parenthood advocates and provides abortions — particularly in the black community.

Abortions — Number, Rate, and Ratio by Race, 1980 to 2003.  Read the numbers for yourself.  It is the blacks who are suffering the most from abortion, yet most blacks continue to support the pro-abortion Democratic Party.

Sen. Kennedy Bashed for Illegal Aliens-Civil Rights Comparison.  A black conservative minister and staunch immigration reform advocate Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson Tuesday [4/11/2006] denounced Sen. Ted Kennedy for comparing pro-illegal immigration rallies to civil rights marches for blacks half a century ago.

Black voters may slip Democrats' grasp in 2006.  This year, Democrats may lose their iron grip on the black vote.  About 90 percent of black Americans vote Democrat, rain or shine.  But a growing sense that Democrats take them for granted — plus several attractive, high-level black Republican candidates who will fight for these votes — could make November 2006 and 2008 fascinating.  For starters, President Bush's black support grew from 9 percent in 2000 to 11 percent in 2004.

Belafonte, Farrakhan speak at Gary gathering.  Entertainer Harry Belafonte has renewed his criticism of President Bush during the second day of the 2006 National Black Peoples Unity Convention in Gary.

Black Flight:  Something momentous is happening here in [Minneapolis] the home of prairie populism:  black flight.  African-American families from the poorest neighborhoods are rapidly abandoning the district public schools, going to charter schools, and taking advantage of open enrollment at suburban public schools.

Gay Unions Fracture Maryland's Black Caucus.  Maryland's African American lawmakers are deeply divided in the emerging debate over same-sex marriage, which forces them to balance their communities' bedrock religious convictions against a traditional commitment to civil rights.

 Editor's Note:   Same-sex marriage is not a civil rights issue.  Homosexual activists call it a civil rights issue to generate support for the idea, but that is a sham and a fraud.

Civil rights today:  Like the March of Dimes' victory against polio in the U.S., civil rights organizations can claim victory as well.  At one time, black Americans did not enjoy the same constitutional guarantees as other Americans.  Now we do.  Because the civil rights struggle is over and won doesn't mean that all problems have vanished within the black community.  A 70 percent illegitimacy rate, 65 percent of black children raised in female-headed households, high crime rates and fraudulent education are devastating problems, but they're not civil rights problems.  Furthermore, their solutions do not lie in civil rights strategies.

The paradox that divides black America.  Perhaps nothing else so encapsulates the endless paradoxes of being black in America.  Never have blacks had so much legal freedom, yet there are record numbers in jail.  Traditional black neighborhoods have collapsed into drug-ridden crime strongholds, even as the black middle class is the biggest in history.

The "D" stands for demagogue.  The freaks come out at night.  The demagogues came out on Martin Luther King Day.  Democrat N.Y. Sen. Hillary Clinton, perhaps looking to distract attention from those pesky Code Pink protesters who've been dogging her over the Iraq war, commemorated the holiday by pulling a reverse Sister Souljah at race hustler Al Sharpton's pulpit in Harlem. … When a Democrat politician stumps at a church, you see, it's "minority outreach."  When a Republican politician stumps at a church, it's a theocratic outrage.

Our most destructive kind of racism.  Paula Zahn devoted two of her hour-long CNN shows this week to the topic "Skin Deep: Racism in America."  After taking the time to watch, the question I walked away with was:  "What was the point?"  In my view, the shows told us little that most of us don't already know — strong racist sentiments exist in the country — and really never asked the deeper and more important questions about what this means and why we should care.

Republicans and blacks:  Blacks have voted so overwhelmingly for Democrats for so long that Republicans have few incentives to try to gain black votes — and little success when they do.

When Civil Rights Leaders Were Civilized.  An America where blacks run Merrill Lynch, American Express and the State Department no longer needs civil-rights activism of the Rosa Parks and James Weldon Johnson variety, and hasn't for decades.  Thanks in large part to their diligence and sacrifices, the battle for legal equality has been fought and won.  Blacks still face social and economic challenges, but these result mainly from self-inflicted cultural wounds, not a manifestly unjust society.

Black Teachers for Black Studies?  A Philosophical Critique of Multiculturalist Pedagogy.  Multiculturalists maintain that there is no such thing as truth, only diverse opinions, each "true" in the opinion of the person or group that holds it, none true absolutely.  The increasingly popular notion that instead of simple, universal truth, there is only "white truth" and "black truth," "female truth" and "male truth," "gay truth" and "straight truth," threatens the integrity of American universities, which had been distinguished by their commitment to discovering and disseminating truth without trimming it to suit special-interest groups.

Term 'Minority' Criticized As Outdated.  The majority of residents in Texas, California, New Mexico, Hawaii and Washington, D.C., are some ethnicity other than non-Hispanic whites, according to Census Bureau population estimates released last week.  Five other states, including New York and Georgia, could make that shift by 2010.

U.S. Blacks, if a Nation, Would Rank High on AIDS.  Nearly 600,000 African-Americans are living with H.I.V., the virus that causes AIDS, and up to 30,000 are becoming infected each year.  When adjusted for age, their death rate is two and a half times that of infected whites, the report said.

HIV epidemic in U.S. worse than previously thought, CDC says.  While the epidemic has remained stable for most of this decade, the new figures confirm that the brunt of the epidemic is being borne by gay men and young African Americans and Latinos.  There have been small declines among heterosexuals and injectable-drug users.  Gay men accounted for 53% of new infections in 2006, the most recent year for which data are available.  The infection rate among blacks was seven times that among whites, and the rate among Latinos was nearly three times as high.

Are racial designations real, or just political?  "Texas Becomes Newest 'Majority-Minority' State, Census Bureau Announces."  This was the headline of a recent U.S. Census Bureau press release noting that Texas has now joined Hawaii, New Mexico and California as a state whose "minority" population exceeds 50 percent of the state's population.

White children are now in the minority.  The youngest Anglo children in Hillsborough County and across Florida are now a minority, foreshadowing the day when Florida — like four states now — becomes a majority-minority state.  Non-Hispanic whites in Florida accounted for fewer than half of all children younger than 5 last year, according to U.S. Census Bureau estimates released today [8/15/2006].

Records said to dispute Tuskegee Airmen lore.  It has been part of the lore of America's first black fighter pilots since the end of World War II:  The Tuskegee Airmen never lost a bomber to enemy fire.  But now, more than 60 years later, a leader of the group says he has uncovered records proving the claim is not accurate.

You Can't Talk About That.  All of us were still haunted by what we'd been watching on our TV screens through Katrina Week:  the spectacle of several thousand black Americans openly, nakedly displaying their helpless, hopeless, clueless, angry dependency.  It was there, it was real, though we're stuffing it down the memory hole now as fast as we can work our fingers.

Is the Concept of Race Illegitimate?  Several noted social scientists have argued that race is an illegitimate concept and can only foster racism and related evils.  The everyday concept of race is too crude to serve molecular biologists and government policymakers well, but does it follow that race is a completely arbitrary and meaningless concept that necessarily impedes justice and social harmony?

Michael Jackson dodged a bullet.  Black Harvard sociologist Orlando Patterson said, "The sociological truths are that America, while still flawed in its race relations … is now the least racist white-majority society in the world; has a better record of legal protection of minorities than any other society, white or black; offers more opportunities to a greater number of black persons than any other society, including all those of Africa…."

Stealing Black History:  Deleting God from the black experience in America is cutting the heart out of a people's story.

The Downfall of Language:  navigating Ebonics.  Communication is based on mutual understanding and shared information, not broken sentences and questionable, slang-derived expressions, the default language of the uneducated, undereducated, the abandoned, the misrepresented and the disenfranchised.

Almost everything designated a "civil rights" problem isn't.  Does anyone really think America suffers from an insufficiency of talk about race?  What is in scarce supply is talk about the meaning of the phrase "civil rights."  Not every need is a right, and if the adjective is a modifier that modifies, not every right is a civil right — one central to participation in civic life.

Black rednecks and white liberals:  Teachers are not supposed to correct black youngsters who speak "black English" and no one is supposed to be judgmental about the whole lifestyle of black rednecks.  In that culture, belligerence is considered being manly and crudity is considered cool, while being civilized is regarded as "acting white."  These are devastating, self-imposed handicaps that prevent many young ghetto blacks from getting a decent education or an opportunity to rise to higher levels.

A must read:  Thomas Sowell's new volume, "Black Rednecks and White Liberals," offers a taste of some of his earlier work as well as a cornucopia of new insights. … The title refers to the first essay, which argues that many of the traits commonly considered "authentically black" are actually the inheritance of the white redneck culture amid which many blacks lived for centuries.  These include hair-trigger touchiness on the part of men, anti-intellectualism, pride, sexual license, backwardness and laziness.

Reaction to Sowell's new book:
Who's a redneck?  Some whites in the South have reacted with resentment at the thought that they are being stereotyped as rednecks while some blacks resent anything that suggests anything negative about themselves.

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How Hip-Hop Holds Blacks Back.  Not long ago, I was having lunch in a KFC in Harlem, sitting near eight African-American boys, aged about 14.  Since 1) it was 1:30 on a school day, 2) they were carrying book bags, and 3) they seemed to be in no hurry, I assumed they were skipping school.  They were extremely loud and unruly, tossing food at one another and leaving it on the floor.  Black people ran the restaurant and made up the bulk of the customers, but it was hard to see much healthy "black community" here.

Memo to young black men:  Please grow up.  Hip hop began as some sort of Afro protest doggerel and was very quickly taken over by the gangster rappers, who emphasized the crudest materialism in which the ultimate goal was money and it did not matter how one got it.  The street thug, the gang member, the drug dealer and the pimp became icons of sensibility and success.

Obama And The Hip-Hop Problem:  [Senator] Obama should take a look at a new report from the Parents Television Council about three popular rap-music programs that air in the afternoon or early evening — "Sucker Free" on MTV and "Rap City" and "106 & Park" on Black Entertainment Television for two weeks in December and a week in March.  In 41 and a half hours studied, analysts found 282 uses of the N-word. … In those same hours, there were 143 uses of the B-word to describe women. … The rap shows included 205 depictions or discussions of drug sale or use and other illegal activity during the study period, for an average of 7.5 instances per hour, or roughly one instance every eight minutes.

Hip-hop videos give the wrong lessons in social behavior.  The X-rated rap lyrics are troubling enough.  In addition to that, the videos portray raw anger over seemingly minor disputes, violent hyper-masculinity and shallow materialism.  But even more crass are the roles assigned to young attractive women:  They are inevitably cast as mercenary trollops, eager and available for any thug-style pleasure.

Hip-hop's contribution to society?  Words that aren't fit to print.  The other night, for example, clicking between the Twins and Cleveland and hockey's Vancouver and Dallas I stumbled onto one of the cable network's comedy shows.  By comedy show, I mean one in the seemingly endless showcases of primarily young black male comics performing before primarily a young black audience. … Without exaggeration, I would say that this guy used every offensive word possible, to his race in general and to women specifically, in the 25 seconds I watched.

UPN's wild hip-hop awards party.  The awards began with the rapper called "The Game" winning for "Hottest Hook" for a song called "Hate It Or Love It."  The song has all the typical lyrics about glorious gang-banging for big money and how he used to threaten to kill people over Nike sneakers.  When he won, he just had to declare from the stage that, "I want to thank God, from whom all blessings flow."  God must have been so pleased.

Say no to hip-hop's excesses.  If the civil rights establishment is looking for a new crusade, it needs to summon the guts to ignore the billions that flow through the hip-hop industry.  At the close of 2004 all top-10 rap singles ranked by Billboard used the "n" word in their uncensored versions. … Black rappers are wearing the chains of volunteer slavery.

And the cheat goes on.  I am astounded by the naïvité of young people — black and white — who actually buy the canned rebelliousness not just of rap music but of most pop music. … It's all such an obvious con game.  We hear so much about how kids today are cynical, skeptical, media-savvy and so forth.  But if they're buying this hooey, they're idiots.

The Democratic party:  Modern day slave master.  The Democratic Party, the liberal "mainstream" media and the rest of the cultural elites are having a very hard time handling Dr. Rice's rise to power.  They've waged a disgraceful, racist and cowardly back-door assault against her.  Why?  Little Ms. Condoleezza has wandered away from the plantation.  She refuses to slave in the cotton fields of "progressive" ideology.

The gig is up for Berry.  After nearly a quarter century of mischief-making at the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, Chairman Mary Frances Berry is on her way out the door.  Few government officials in the nation's history have managed to hold on to power for so long or wielded it as autocratically and in pursuit of such radical aims as has Dr. Berry.

Another dictator toppled (here at home).  Mary Frances Berry, chairman of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission, is resigning.  Those scratch marks on the floor may be from her fingernails as they dragged her from the building by her feet.  Berry has been a member of the commission for 24 of its 47 years. ... Berry departs with allegations of mismanagement swirling about her head.  The commission is small potatoes, Washington-wise, with a budget of only $9 million and a staff of only 70.  But no one knows how that money has been spent over the past 12 years, while Berry has presided with an iron hand.

Black Clergy Denounces "Racial Motivated Attacks" on Condoleezza Rice.  A coalition of black clergy Friday [11/19/2004] denounced recent "racial motivated attacks" by three editorial cartoonists, the Washington Post and the New York Times upon National Security Adviser Dr. Condoleezza Rice, who was recently nominated by President Bush to serve as the next secretary of state.

When liberals play the race card:  Look at the treatment of prominent black Republicans like National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice and Secretary of State Colin Powell.  Liberal critics pull no punches in using race to criticize them.  Political cartoonists Pat Oliphant and Jeff Danziger drew political cartoons accentuating Dr. Rice's black features and depict her speaking in rural Southern dialect.  Garry Trudeau referred to her as "Brown Sugar" in his comic strip, "Doonesbury."

Note:  All the material about the Duke Lacrosse case has been moved here.

Anti-intellectualism among the academic elite.  Jon Entine, in his book "Taboo: Why Black Athletes Dominate Sports And Why We're Afraid to Talk About It" (1999), says, "All of the 32 finalists in the last four Olympic men's 100-meter races are of West African descent."  The probability of such an outcome by chance is all but zero.  The genetic physiological and biomechanical characteristics that cause blacks to excel in some sports — basketball, football and track — spell disaster for those who have aspirations to be Olympic-class swimmers.  Entine says, "No African American has ever qualified for the U.S. Olympic swim or dive team.

Bigotry and Sports:  Although not too many years ago, sports-writing was considered the "toy department" of journalism, the boys and girls in the press box have been eager to catch up to their counterparts in the "real" world.  And so, they are also no longer content with merely reporting the scores, trades and what have you; they must now generate the news.  And, similar to the mainstream media, they need divisive issues in order to push the agenda of all J-school graduates:  to change the world.

Selling out black Americans:  "We, black Americans are being displaced in Los Angeles," [Terry] Anderson told an indifferent Congress.  "We are being systematically and economically replaced.  And the next time somebody tells you that the illegals only take jobs that blacks won't do, just remember that we were doing those jobs before the illegals got here."

The jobs conundrum.  If unemployment is so high among young black men, why are we importing young Hispanic men from Mexico and El Salvador to do construction work and other manual labor? ... Surely, with unemployment among the young black community at above 30 percent, some of these projects could hire black kids to do the hard work of construction.  Why don't they?

Why more blacks support Bush this year.  According to two polls released over the week just passed, President Bush has picked up significant ground among black voters.  A New York Times poll showed black support for the president at 17 percent.

No Respect for Diversity in News Coverage of Rice 9/11 Testimony.  It's not unusual for folks to wonder if there is a double standard in the news media.  Usually, that question has to do with ideology, a liberal or conservative bias perhaps.  But the headlines about Dr. Rice's testimony are not about ideology, but about diversity in views.  The press just can't seem to understand that a well-educated black woman could hold the views Dr. Rice holds.

Any serious discussion of race must address out-of-wedlock births.  [Obama] did acknowledge that welfare policies "may" have hurt black families.  But he affirmed with certainty that "a lack of economic opportunity among black men, and the shame and frustration that came from not being able to provide for one's family, contributed to the erosion of black families."  That's true.  But it's also true that African-American families were much more intact in the decades before the Civil Rights Act than they were in the decades after it.

Same-sex marriage and the disposal of fatherhood:  Single motherhood is a predictor for children at higher risk for teen pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases, academic underachievement, drug use and juvenile delinquency.  Nowhere is this correlation more strongly substantiated than in the African-American community — where 68 percent of black children are born to unwed mothers and half of black males between ages 18-35 are involved in America's criminal-justice system, according to a study of urban youths in Washington, D.C. and Baltimore.

Black men must reclaim our children.  As the mug shots of the alleged killers of NFL star Sean Taylor were shown on television, I kept wondering when we were going to see their parents step forward.  I saw a couple of mothers, but their dads were missing in action.  Dads matter, and it's ridiculous for us to act as if all it takes is a loving mom.

The Wisdom of Conservative Blacks:  Conservatism in America contends that by being self-reliant, getting an education, and holding dear the importance of family values, all Americans should have the opportunity to achieve at least a comfortable middle-class lifestyle.  If you think about it, the idea of conservatism is nothing short of the "American Dream."  There are several voices within the conservative black community.  They are not merely an "echo" of each other, but individuals with an identity and a message in the spirit of Booker T. Washington, Frederic Douglass, and Mary McLeod Bethune.

Why aren't black voters rallying to Bush?   At a time when one of the nation's primary concerns is foreign affairs and terrorism, we have a black secretary of state and a black national security adviser.  Never have blacks held such top jobs in an administration.  Why then does The Washington Post/ABC poll done in May [2004] show only 6 percent support among blacks for Bush?

HBO'S Anti-Whitewashed Fairy Tales:  In Jack and the Beanstalk, not only are all the players black but so even is a rabbit that jumps out of a magician's hat.  In Little Red Riding Hood (or "Happy Coat" in this China-based tale) even the squirrels have almond-shaped eyes.  That squirrels do not have the extra fold that characterizes Asian eyelids is irrelevant.  Even nature bows to the PC gods at HBO.  It seems only one major ethnic group has been left out.  Of over 90 voices used in this series, just one appears to belong to a token white of non-Hispanic descent.

Bob Kerrey clarifies the liberal view of blacks and women:  It is widely believed in universities and in the media that conservatives are more likely than liberals to be racist and sexist.  I have long believed that the opposite is true, that most Democratic politicians and most liberal activists, at the very least, do not regard black people as they do all others and, at worst, believe that blacks are inferior.

Liberal damage to black America is enormous.  One of the most dangerous myths in our lifetime has been that liberalism and the Democratic Party are black America's best friends.  For all of us who desperately want African-Americans to prosper, the destruction of this myth may be the single most important step to that end.

Real Racism:  The cultural Marxists are trying to get a fear of unfair criticism or name-calling to intimidate you and me into failing to point out, speak out, and fight back against Political Correctness and those who are carrying forward its destructive work.  If you and I let them intimidate us, then we are helping to continue the serious problems that all Americans, and especially black Americans, are suffering from today.

African-Americans and Election 2000:  In 1911, President Woodrow Wilson wisely observed:  "A nation which does not remember what it was yesterday, does not know what it is today, nor what it is trying to do.  We are trying to do a futile thing if we do not know where we came from or what we have been about."  This is still true today, especially concerning African-American history.  (Also available in PDF format.

George Washington, Thomas Jefferson & Slavery in Virginia:  It is ironic that two prominent Founding Fathers who owned slaves (Thomas Jefferson and George Washington) were both early — albeit unsuccessful — pioneers in the movement to end slavery in their State and in the nation.

 Excellent!   Which political party supports your values?  Compare the basic principles and values of the two major political parties and decide for yourself.

Federal Museum Denies Slavery in Africa Was "Dehumanizing":  The Smithsonian's African American history museum states that although instances of slavery can be found throughout human history, the practice did not become "dehumanizing" until white Europeans came along and took slaves to the Americas.  In other words, the Smithsonian claims that black-on-black slavery, which continues to this day, isn't dehumanizing, but white-on-black slavery was.

The Earliest Civil Rights Efforts:  The passage of the 14th Amendment, much like the 13th Amendment, was also along partisan lines.  In the House, it passed 138 to 36.  Of the 134 Republicans in the House, 128 (96%) voted to provide civil rights to former slaves; of the 36 Democrats, none (0%) voted to give civil rights to African Americans; and of the 11 third-party representatives, 10 (91%) voted in favor of racial civil rights.

Black Pastor Compares Abortion to Slavery,  citing "racist" statements from the founder of Planned Parenthood.  An estimated 1,452 African-American children are killed each day by the act of abortion.  Between 1882 and 1968, 3,446 blacks were lynched in the United States — a number surpassed in less than three days by abortion.

Abortion is Causing "Black Genocide," Activists Say.  During America's commemoration of Black History Month, some pro-life activists are charging that legalized abortion has led to a "black genocide" of more than 14 million unborn African-American babies.  They condemn, in particular, the Planned Parenthood Federation of America…

Race, Law and Society:  The United States Supreme Court's decision to review Grutter v. Bollinger could have long-term consequences in how our society approaches issues of race, affirmative action, quotas and diversity as we enter this new millennium.

"White guilt" and affirmative action:  At the University of Michigan, black, Hispanic and Native American applicants to the college get 20 bonus points just for the accident of their birth.  A similar mechanism is in place for admission to the law school, too.

Blacks and Guns:  African-Americans have a serious problem with guns.  They don't have enough of them.  Despite being victimized by crime at several times the rate of whites, only 30 percent of black adults own guns, compared to 43 percent of whites.

Felons call voting ban unfair to minorities.  A lawsuit pending [in Seattle] and similar cases across the country have asked the courts to overturn state laws that keep felons from the ballot box, claiming the laws discriminate against minorities who make up a disproportionate number of the nation's prisoners.

The nobleness of black conservatives:  Have you ever considered what it would be like to be a black political conservative in modern America?  How many people are brave enough to endure the kind of vilification and scorn they routinely encounter?

The making of a black underclass:  In a few short weeks, many thousands of black children will enter first grade in public schools all over America where, inside of a year, many of them will become full-fledged reading failures and, thereby, future members of the black underclass.

Republicans' New Con Job:  The "Containment Theory" Of Affirmative Action.  Some Republicans have decided that affirmative action is here to stay, so the best we can do is to contain it.  That means limiting affirmative action to blacks and American Indians.  Containment is surrender.  This ain't the Cold War; this is the war for the Constitution.

Colin Powell Jeered in Africa for Treating Africans as Equals:  Media reports on Secretary of State Colin Powell seem more determined to find — or worse — create an aura of controversy between the Bush Administration and Secretary of State Colin Powell than they are to actually REPORT what Powell is saying.

Don't Believe the Hype – You Can Embrace Conservatism:  "Black America has a challenge.  Despite steady improvement in our quality of life, much remains to be done.  To speed improvement, liberal domination of our politics must come to a screeching halt.  We must pull the brakes and return black America to our conservative roots."

Issues & Views:  The hard copy edition of this newsletter was founded in 1985 by black Americans who advocate self-help and business enterprise and the protection of constitutional rights.  It is a forum for dissidents, conservatives, and plain old mavericks — all those who are concerned about cultural decline and the erosion of our constitutional liberties.

Stereotypes About Stereotypes:  Statistical disparities among groups are routinely equated with discrimination, as if there could not possibly be any differences in behavior or performance among the groups themselves.

Debating The Unmentionable:  The Black-White IQ Gap:  The racial gap in average IQ is one of the most important factors in modern American life.  We can tell how important it is because we aren't allowed to talk about it.  The IQ gap is rather like the dog that didn't bark in the Sherlock Holmes story, palpable by its absence.  Raising black IQ was an explicit goal of Great Society programs such as Head Start … [But] When the 1960s-1970s burst of spending failed to deliver quick results, however, the topic was slowly driven out of polite society.

James D. Watson:  Broken by the PC Inquisition, Betrayed by the Righteous Right.  James D. Watson, perhaps the most distinguished living American scientist, has now been kicked to the curb by the Cold Spring Harbor genetics laboratory he rescued and rebuilt over the last 40 years for making politically (but not scientifically) incorrect statements about African IQs.

Race and IQ:  Only the repeated renorming of IQ tests upward created the illusion that blacks had made no progress, but were stuck at an IQ of 85.  But we would never have known this if some researchers had not defied the taboo on studying race and IQ imposed by black "leaders" and white "friends."

Race and IQ: part II:  According to Professor John McWhorter, a black faculty member at the University of California at Berkeley, anti-intellectualism in the black culture keeps many black youngsters from doing their best.

Race and IQ:  Part III:  I happened to run into Charles Murray in Dulles International Airport while he and Richard Herrnstein were writing "The Bell Curve."  When I asked him what he was working on and he summarized what he was writing, he could tell that I was concerned about him, so I told him why:  "Charles, no matter what you say, people will hear what they want to hear."

The Lie Is Winning:  Scapegoating Lino Graglia.  Even when all the groups have had the same access to education, not all have seized the opportunity to the same degree or put the same effort into it.  No one with the slightest regard for facts can deny that this is true in the United States today.  Even black and white liberals have expressed dismay that black children who try to do well in school are denounced by their peers for "acting white."

Black Education:  At Baltimore's predominantly black Frederick Douglass High School … students are four to five years below grade level.  Most of its ninth-graders read at the third-, fourth- or fifth-grade levels.  In 2006, only 24 percent of its students tested proficient in reading, in math just 11 percent, and that's an improvement over previous years.  Only one student managed to score above 1,000 on the SAT and another student scored 440 out of 1,600.  You get 400 points for just writing in your name.  Out of its 1,100 students, 200 to 300 are absent each day.

States Help Schools Hide Minority Scores.  States are helping public schools escape potential penalties by skirting the No Child Left Behind law's requirement that students of all races must show annual academic progress.  With the federal government's permission, schools aren't counting the test scores of nearly two million students when they report progress by racial groups, an Associated Press computer analysis found.

Prosperity's Critical Ingredients:  African leaders are quick to blame the legacy of colonialism for their troubles.  I'll never make an argument for colonialism, but the fact is the average African was better off under colonialism than he has ever been under independence.

Dr. King, Roe v. Wade and Margaret Sanger:  Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger formed the organization to implement the eugenic ideology that prevailed in the early 20th century.  The eugenicists with whom she aligned herself espoused belief, as Sanger put it, in the "supremacy" and "purity" of certain races of people, notably the Aryan race.  They believed the "fit" should be encouraged to reproduce, while the "unfit" should constrain their numbers.  The "unfit" were the poor, racial minorities and certain groups of immigrants, and the physically and mentally handicapped.  They sought to accomplish this through sterilization, birth control and, eventually, abortion.

The Negro Project:  Margaret Sanger's Eugenic Plan for Black Americans.  The disproportionately high number of abortions in the black community is no accident.  Many Americans — black and white — are unaware of Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger's Negro Project.  Sanger created this program in 1939, after the organization changed its name from the American Birth Control League to the Birth Control Federation of America.  The aim of the program was to restrict — many believe exterminate — the black population.

Clinton Library Woos Blacks After Destruction of Slave Landmark:  Despite the demolition of an African-American landmark on the grounds of Bill Clinton's future presidential library, library officials are now openly wooing black tourists and businesses.

Making the case:  The lawlessness of today's racial quota and gun control liberals may be coming under serious challenge.

White Guilt = Black Power:  There should be many more imbroglios like the one currently playing out at Harvard University, enough for America to finally understand that white guilt is exactly the same thing as black power.  But it is testament to the daunting power of white guilt that confrontations like this one happen so rarely.

Of Human Bondage:  21st Century Slavery:  Every year, at least 700,000 human beings are traded for profit like so much property.  In his battle against this international human trafficking, Chris Smith — a Republican congressman from New Jersey — has undertaken retail rescue operations as well as wholesale policy reforms.

Do We Want Mexifornia?  Californians cannot even obtain accurate numbers of how many of the state's more than 10 million Hispanic residents have arrived here from Mexico unlawfully in the last two decades.  No one believes the government's old insistence on a mere 6 million illegal residents nationwide; the real figure may be twice that.

The Language of Race  is punctuated with descriptions that underscore ethnicity but describe nothing.  It is mired in euphemisms and the tortured, convoluted syntax that betray America's pathological avoidance of straight talk about race relations.  Put it all together and you get stereotypes, dangerous misinformation, half-truths, and daily proof that when it comes to race, journalists are chained to habits that defy the cornerstone principles of solid journalism.

The Origin of the Infamous N-Word

Clarence Thomas:  Many blacks like the idea, but dislike the reality.  While ethnic diversity is good, it is no substitute for commitment to fundamental rights, liberties and constitutional principles.

"Racism" In Word and Deed:  California Democrat policies hurt blacks (and whites) where it really matters.  Housing is just one of the areas where the black vote goes overwhelmingly to politicians whose policies are harmful to blacks.  Even more harmful in the long run are failing public schools in the ghettos, where much of the next generation has its hopes of advancement destroyed before they can even get off the ground.

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Sidebar #2:  The curious case of Rachel Dolezal
This story has several ingredients:  Race-based opportunism, fake hate crimes, playing the affirmative action system for personal gain, fabricated victim status, and a shining example of left-wing liberal dishonesty.  I don't know whether it  was  is self-hatred, white guilt, or something else motivating Ms. Dolezal, but I doubt if her charade is unique.

Woman who posed as black makes plea deal in fraud case.  A former NAACP leader in Washington state who was exposed in 2015 as a white woman pretending to be black has reached an agreement to avoid trial on charges of welfare fraud.

'Transracial' Rachel Dolezal who now goes by African name Nkechi Amare Diallo says she hasn't been able to find a job in six years.  Race faker Rachel Dolezal has claimed she has been unable to find a job over the past six years after it was revealed that she was a white woman pretending to be black.  Dolezal, 43, told TV host Tamron Hall that even after changing her name to Nkechi Amare Diallo — a West African way of saying 'gift from the gods' — in 2017, she is still recognized and never gets past the interview stage.  The former NAACP leader, who says she still sees herself as black, claimed it has been 'really tough' and that she wishes 'people could see me more for who I am than the what'.

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The rest of us might see Rachel Dolezal for who she is, except that her claim to fame — and her life's central theme — is that she's pretending to be something she is not.

Rachel Dolezal, also known as Nkechi Diallo, booked and released on welfare fraud, other charges.  Former Spokane NAACP President Nkechi Diallo — who became infamous as Rachel Dolezal, a white woman identifying as black — was booked and fingerprinted at a Washington state jail Monday as she awaits trial on multiple charges, including welfare fraud.  Diallo pleaded not guilty to state charges of first-degree theft by welfare fraud, making false verification and second-degree perjury last month.  A judge ordered her freed on her own recognizance and gave her a deadline of Monday evening to report to the Spokane County jail for booking and fingerprinting.  Diallo, who changed her name from Rachel Dolezal in October 2016, is accused of receiving more than $8,800 in food and childcare assistance illegally between August 2015 and November 2017.

Race-faker Rachel Dolezal to appear in court on welfare fraud charges.  The trial date has been set for Rachel Dolezal, the former NAACP leader who pretended to be black before being unmasked as white, and is accused of welfare fraud.  The state of Washington's case against Dolezal, who legally changed her name to Nkechi Diallo in 2016, will begin in Spokane on March 4, pursuant to Judge Michelle Szambelan's order from December 31.  Dolezal, 41, faces charges under her legal name of theft by welfare fraud, perjury and false verification for public assistance.

Rachel Dolezal, aka Nkechi Diallo, receives new court date for welfare-fraud case in Washington state.  A judge in Washington state has set a new trial date in the welfare fraud case of Rachel Dolezal, the former president of an NAACP chapter in Washington state who made headlines in 2015 after her parents debunked her claims of being African-American.  The case will now be heard March 4, FOX 28 Spokane reported.  Dolezal, 41, who changed her name to Nkechi Diallo in 2016, was arrested in May 2018 on charges of first-degree theft by welfare fraud, perjury in the second degree and false verification for public assistance, FOX 28 reported.

Rachel Dolezal accused of welfare fraud after race scandal.  A former NAACP leader in Washington state whose life unraveled after she was exposed as a white woman pretending to be black has been charged with welfare fraud.

Dolezal's New Identity:  Welfare-Fraud Felon?  Go figure that a woman who fraudulently misrepresented her ethnicity might also fraudulently misrepresent her income.  Rachel Dolezal lost her job as president of the Spokane NAACP when her parents outed her as a white poseur during a family dispute.  Now the government has charged her with felony welfare fraud for illegally claiming nearly $9000 in benefits since her very public disgrace:  Former Spokane Chapter NAACP President Rachel Dolezal is now facing legal trouble that could land her behind bars.  KHQ has confirmed that Dolezal, who legally changed her name to Nkechi Diallo in 2016, is accused of 1st Degree Theft by Welfare Fraud, Perjury in the 2nd Degree, and False Verification for Public Assistance.  Her potential punishment under RCW 74.08.331 could include up to 15 years in prison.

Rachel Dolezal hit with felony theft charge in welfare fraud case.  Rachel Dolezal, the former NAACP chapter leader who resigned after her parents revealed she's not African-American, is facing a felony theft charge in Washington state after she allegedly made false statements to secure nearly $9,000 in food and childcare assistance.  The charges against Dolezal, who changed her name to Nkechi Diallo in October 2016, were first reported by KHQ-TV.

Leftist Fraud All the Way Down.  Hoo boy, it's been almost three years since last we checked in on the total fraud of Rachel Dolezal, the white woman who pretended to be black in Spokane, Washington, parlaying her ethnic identity theft into the presidency of the local chapter of the NAACP.  I suppose we shouldn't be surprised that someone who could insist on such complete fraudulence as Dolezal would limit her fraud to just her ethnic identity: [...]

Rachel Dolezal Is Transracial and Now Also Transpoor.  You may remember former NAACP President Rachel Dolezal, our first openly transracial American (but not the last), who identified as a black woman despite being white.  The scandal landed her a book deal, a Netflix documentary and apparently some cash she allegedly wasn't reporting while living off food stamps.

Race-faker Rachel Dolezal 'illegally received more than $8,000 in food assistance.  Rachel Dolezal, the former NAACP leader who pretended she was black only to be unmasked as a white woman in 2015, has been accused of welfare fraud.  Dolezal, who legally changed her name to Nkechi Diallo in 2016, was charged this week with theft by welfare fraud, perjury and false verification for public assistance.  Court documents said she illegally received $8,747 in food assistance and $100 in child care assistance from August 2015 through November 2017.

White race faker Rachel Dolezal causes outrage as she lectures black South Africans about her 'struggle' with being 'trans black'.  American race-faker Rachel Dolezal has returned to the limelight with her first ever visit to Africa on a lecture tour about race — a move which has been met with outrage, calls for a boycott and a string of scathing memes.  Police flanked Ms Dolezal's first key note event after a hostile meeting with mostly black students who objected to her insistence that she had 'an authentic black identity' despite admitting to being 'biologically white'.  The 39-year-old, who was labeled an 'ethnic fraud' after passing herself off as a black woman for more than a decade, recently took a Nigerian name to make herself sound more authentic.

Rachel Dolezal changes her name to African phrase that means 'gift of God'.  Rachel Dolezal legally changed her name in October to reflect the heritage she claims she identifies with.  The 39-year-old white former NAACP leader filed to change her name to Nkechi Amare Diallo, according to court documents in Spokane, Wash.  Nkechi, short for Nkechinyere, comes from the Igbo word for "what God has given" or "gift of God" in Nigeria.  Diallo, which has African origins, means "bold."

Rachel Dolezal's Hilarious Name Change.  People seem to take faux female Bruce Jenner more seriously than bogus black person Rachel Dolezal. [...] Why settle for pretending to be African American when you can pretend to be African?  If the name change doesn't convince anyone of her authenticity, maybe Rachel should try putting a plate in her lip.

'Trans-Black' Rachel Dolezal Changes Her Name to Nkechi Amare Diallo.  Former NAACP branch president Rachel Dolezal, who gained global notoriety for claiming to be black and now insists she's "trans-black", quietly changed her name to Nkechi Amare Diallo last October.  Dolezal changed her name in a Washington court back in October 2016, according to a Daily Mail exclusive.  First name Nkechi, short of Nkechinyere, originates from the lgbo language of Nigeria and means "what God has given" or "gift of God".

Rachel Dolezal Is Nearly Homeless, On Food Stamps And Still White.  Former NAACP branch president Rachel Dolezal, who lied about being black but still identifies as black, is now jobless, living on food stamps and expects to lose her home next month.  "There's no protected class for me," the former NAACP branch president told The Guardian.  "I'm this generic, ambiguous scapegoat for white people to call me a race traitor and take out their hostility on.  And I'm a target for anger and pain about white people from the black community.  It's like I am the worst of all these worlds."

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It appears to me that all of this trouble is self-inflicted.

Rachel Dolezal has become a nightmare for the 'transgender' fantasists.  The news that Rachel Dolezal claims to be on the verge of homelessness threatens progressives with the internal contradictions of their dogma becoming public. [...] Had Dolezal pretended to be male instead of black, she would be a heroine to progressives.  Her comparison of race and sex as categories that can be self-defined is a grave threat, because sex is much more fundamentally biological in nature than race, existing at the chromosomal level.  A person either has two X-chromosomes (and is therefore female) or has an X- and a Y-chromosome (and is male).  There is zero ambiguity.  But when it comes to race, there is an actual spectrum.

Fake Black Woman Rachel Dolezal Set To Speak At MLK Event.  Just when you thought (hoped?) that fake black woman Rachel Dolezal had left the premises for good, you find out that's not the case.  In fact, she's now slated to speak at a fucking MLK event, if your mind can even comprehend such buffoonery.  In case you've forgotten what this fraud is all about, let me refresh your memory.

Rachel Dolezal is back in the spotlight and regrets nothing.  Rachel Dolezal made a desperate bid to stay relevant Tuesday [4/12/2016], saying she has no regrets over the race controversy that made her infamous — and doesn't wish she was simply more upfront about her tale.  Dolezal, 38, the former NAACP chapter president in Spokane, Washington, who last year was outed by her own parents for masquerading as a black woman, remained dumbfounded when given the chance to clarify her tale.

The modern malleability of gender and race.  A number of prominent white people have declared themselves to be of a different race, apparently on the theory that they are transracial.  Activist professor Ward Churchill and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren both in the past had falsely claimed Native American heritage.  Rachel Dolezal, a former Africana studies professor and NAACP chapter president, fraudulently asserted that she was African-American.  Black Lives Matter organizer Shaun King has been facing allegations that, despite identifying himself as black, he is in fact white.  King has also claimed to be a victim of a hate crime perpetrated by supposedly racist whites, though his account of the incident has also been called into question. [...] Presumably, Dolezal would not have become a chapter president of the NAACP had it been known that she was white.  Shaun King translated his racial status into a high-profile activist role.

Rachel Dolezal's True Lies.  For a time this summer, it seemed all anyone could talk about was the N.A.A.C.P. chapter president whose parents had "outed" her as white.  The tornado of public attention has since moved on, but Rachel Dolezal still has to live with her choices — and still refuses to back down.

What Rachel Dolezal Left Behind.  The truth is, Spokane needs Rachel Dolezal.  Yes, she lied to the entire community and when given the opportunity (several of them, in fact) to be honest and to try to mend fences, she flew off New York to talk to Matt Lauer about it, canceling a public meeting with her own constituents at the Spokane NAACP, a constituency she still hasn't addressed.  But Spokane has an underlying race problem that Dolezal, consciously or not, was able to exploit for her own gain.  It is not a new problem, but it's one that locals have mostly preferred not to discuss.  Maybe that's about to change.

Liberals Are Playing a Racial Shell Game.  A few weeks ago, a woman named Rachel Dolezal, another self-proclaimed expert on race (she taught Africana studies and was, until recently, the head of the Spokane, Wash., chapter of the NAACP), was revealed to be faking it.  Dolezal is white underneath her bronzer and braids.  Rather than apologize for her fraud, she spoke eloquently about the fact that she just feels black.

The Activist America Deserves.  Rachel Dolezal — the former Spokane NAACP head who falsely, and with remarkable assertiveness, claimed to be African-American before her actual parents emerged last week — has already outlived the limitations of the six-hour news cycle.  Her behavior is so bizarre, her history so variegated, and the mélange of hesitance and stubbornness she projects in interviews so hard to pin down, that she's only gathering steam as her story plays out.  Nothing she does really matters, but everything she does is intensely interesting.

Rachel Dolezal Accused of Misconduct on Spokane Police Oversight Board.  The Washington state woman who resigned from her NAACP leadership post after questions were raised over her racial identity has been accused of misconduct while on a Spokane commission that oversees police conduct.  Rachel Dolezal, 37, is accused in an independent report commissioned by the city of creating an intimidating workplace environment and with improperly revealing the names of people involved in police misconduct investigations during public meetings.

Rachel Dolezal: The Silver Lining.  Maybe there is a silver lining to the Rachel Dolezal / Sen. Elizabeth Warren race frauds.  If racial identity and gender identity have become matters of personal preference, i.e., how you choose to identify yourself is how the world should treat you, then the entire race-based / gender-based affirmative action apparatus could be brought to its knees.  Suppose all the Asian students denied admission to Harvard decided to check the "African-American" box on their applications, instead of the "Asian" box?  When challenged, they would simply say, "Well, I always felt more African-American than Asian; heck, I've never even been to Asia."

Black Like Her.  On June 7th, Elinor Burkett published an Op-Ed in the [New York] Times expressing what she portrayed as a feminist's reluctant skepticism about aspects of the transgender movement.  She argued, in part, that the notion of men simply transitioning into women was equivalent to a white person darkening his or her skin and professing to be black.  The example was meant as a reductio ad absurdum — but, less than a week later, Rachel Dolezal, the president of the Spokane, Washington, chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and a professor of Africana studies, was unveiled as a white woman who has for some years presented herself and identified as black.

Nut case upping the ante on Granny Liz.  Rachel Dolezal is Elizabeth Warren on steroids.  Granny was a fake Indian until she got what she wanted — tenure — and then she went back to being "Okie down to her toes," as she put it.  On the other hand, Rachel — and may I call her "Racial"? — is a nut case.  She really believes she's black.

Rachel Dolezal: No 'biological proof' I'm my parents' daughter.  Rachel Dolezal, an NAACP activist and the daughter of a white couple who claims to "identify as black," told NBC News Tuesday night [6/16/2015] that "there's been no biological proof" that her mother and father are actually her parents.  Dolezal, who resigned Monday as president of the African-American advocacy group's chapter in Spokane, Washington, after her parents said she'd been misrepresenting her racial heritage, told NBC's Savannah Guthrie, "I haven't had a DNA test.  There's been no biological proof that Larry and Ruthanne are my biological parents."

'A setback': Activists fret about Rachel Dolezal impact.  Civil rights leaders in this largely white city that lies between the Cascade and Rocky mountains are worried that the ruse perpetrated by former NAACP leader Rachel Dolezal will hurt efforts to move the region beyond a troubled racial past.

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Wait a minute.  These are the same people who say, "Never blame an entire group for the actions of a few."

Yes, Rachel Dolezal Is Black.  So what distinguishes [Bruce] Jenner from [Rachel] Dolezal?  On what basis can we reject Dolezal's blackness, given that the left has now redefined objective reality as self-definition?  If you want to be a woman, you are a woman.  If you want to be black, why can't you be black?

Ingraham: 'Racial Hucksters' Giving Dolezal a Pass Because She's Liberal.  According to conservative radio host Laura Ingraham, Rachel Dolezal is getting a pass on questions about her racial identification because she's a liberal.  "There will be every exception and every accommodation made for an individual who is not being honest if that individual happens to be a liberal," Ingraham said on Fox & Friends Tuesday morning [6/16/2015].  "If Rachel had been more right-of-center in her political views and tried to pull this thing off, Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson, the entire racial huckster crowd, would be all over her.  But she signs from their choir book, so she gets the accommodation."

Unapologetic Rachel Dolezal appears on the Today show.  Rachel Dolezal today [6/16/2015] insisted that she is 'definitely not white' as she slammed suggestions that she is taking part in 'some mockery blackface performance'. [...] In the unapologetic live interview — her first since the start of the scandal — Dolezal said she would do nothing differently if her younger self knew what she knows now, claiming that her life has been about making choices for her 'survival'.  When asked by Today host Matt Lauer if presenting herself as a black woman for years was akin to wearing blackface, she insisted that was not the case.

Waving the white flag: Rachel Dolezal's insulting assumptions about her NAACP colleagues.  Bi-racial openness has been a venerable NAACP tradition dating to the group's formation early in the 20th century by white New York liberals and black activists.  Two white Jewish brothers, Joel and Arthur Spingarn, served as top officers of the national NAACP, including as its president, from 1913 to 1965.  So Dolezal needn't have tinted her skin or curled her hair to join the Spokane unit's advocacy.  But she apparently believed that she needed to be black in order to persuade the members to accept her as their leader and face of the organization.  In other words, she saw her colleagues as harboring anti-white racism.

MSNBC's Dyson Implies Rachel Dolezal Is More Black Than Clarence Thomas.  On Monday's [6/15/2015] The Ed Show, Michael Eric Dyson, MSNBC Political Analyst and frequent guest host on the "Lean Forward" network, used the ongoing controversy surrounding Rachel Dolezal claiming to be African American to smear Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.

Ousted Spokane NAACP head sued Howard U. for discrimination, claiming she was white.  Rachel Dolezal, the former head of the Spokane chapter of the NAACP, sued Howard University after she received her graduate degree there, claiming the historically black college had discriminated against her because she was white.  Dolezal resigned as president of the Spokane NAACP Monday [6/15/2015], just days after her parents told local media outlets that their daughter had misrepresented herself as fully or partially black.  In reality, they said, their daughter's ancestry is German, Swedish, and Czech, with some Native American background as well.  WTTG reported that Dolezal filed her lawsuit against Howard in 2002, asking for damages due to "medical and emotional distress."

Rachel Dolezal Steps Down as Head of Spokane NAACP.  Dolezal was supposed to address the media on Monday [6/15/2015] regarding her parents' claim that she was actually white and had been pretending to be black for years, but that didn't happen. [...] Instead of addressing the media, Dolezal addressed the NAACP executive committee and members in a Facebook post on the Spokane chapter's page, saying, "The dialogue has unexpectedly shifted internationally to my personal identity in the context of defining race and ethnicity."

Questions about Rachel Dolezal linger as NAACP members react.  Members of the Spokane NAACP chapter plan to demonstrate today over the controversy enveloping their president, Rachel Dolezal, who said Sunday [6/14/2015] she's not ready to face them and explain claims she has lied about her race.

Did someone mention the NAACP?

NAACP cancels meeting where Rachel Dolezal was to address race questions.  Rachel Dolezal, the leader of the Spokane NAACP, has postponed a meeting scheduled for this evening where she was expected to speak about misrepresenting herself as black for years.  The civil rights activist's parents sparked furor after they revealed last week that she has falsely portrayed herself as black for years even though she is actually white.

Rachel Dolezal sued Howard University for discriminating against her because she's white.  This was in 2002, before the "transition." [...] She lost the suit but Dolezal's issues with Howard were well known to her family.  Her history with the school is fascinating, in fact, and may be a window onto why she began to try to pass as black in the first place.

I identify Rachel Dolezal as a lying, deluded idiot.  [Scroll down]  Well, it's not really that complex is it Rachel?  You're either black or white.  And you're in fact white, as your whole biological family confirms.  It would be understandable for you to be confused if either of your parents were black, but they're not.  They are resolutely, incontrovertibly white.  The black man you claimed was your father for years in interviews is not actually your father.  Your real father, as you well know, is a white man called Larry.

Rachel Dolezal Once Told A Student She Did Not Look Hispanic Enough For A Class Activity.  Former students from Eastern Washington and Howard Universities told BuzzFeed News about their classroom encounters with Rachel Dolezal, who taught courses in Africana studies and studio art.

Rachel Dolezal resigns, according to letter on NAACP Facebook page.  Her statement was noticeable for what it was not.  Rachel Dolezal, president of the NAACP chapter in Spokane, Washington, resigned Monday [6/15/2015] amid allegations of lying about her race.  She stepped down in a statement that did little, if anything, to suppress the storm brewing around her and her family. [...] Dolezal did not address the allegations.  She did not apologize.

Melissa Harris-Perry: Can Someone Be Cis-Black or Trans-Black?  MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry asked Saturday on her self-titled show whether Spokane NAACP President Rachel Dolezal, a white woman who has been pretending to be black, "may actually be black."

Rachel Dolezal, Ethnic Politics and the World of Make Believe.  There is something comedic and pathetic about the story of Rachel Dolezal.  Ms. Dolezal, 37, is the president of the NAACP local chapter in Spokane, Washington and a part-time Africana Studies professor at Eastern Washington University.  It turns out that after claiming for years that she was black — including on applications, posting pictures on a Facebook page of an African-American man she falsely claimed was her father, and insisting that her adopted brother (who is black) was her child — Ms. Dolezal is actually white.  Her birth certificate proves it.  And her biological parents, Ruthanne and Lawrence Dolezal, have confirmed it.

Spokesperson: 'Rachel Dolezal No Longer Works for Eastern Washington University'.  Breitbart News spoke with David Meany, the person in charge of media relations at Eastern Washington University (EWU), where Rachel Dolezal was listed as a professor of Africana Studies.  He said Dolezal's contract with EWU expired June 12th and she is "no longer an employee of Eastern Washington University."

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Isn't that an amazing coincidence, that her contract expired the day after her parents revealed her true identity!  And notice how easily they can let her go, now that she's not black.

Hannity: Objective Truth Takes a 'Backseat' to Liberal Narrative on Race.  Nationally syndicated radio host Sean Hannity said [6/12/2015] that Rachel Dolezal's "transracialism" shows how objective truth is being forced to take a "backseat" to liberal racial identity politics.  Dolezal is a white woman who resigned from her position as president of the Spokane, Washington chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Monday after being criticized for portraying herself as black.

Why Rachael Dolezal's assertion that she is black could pave way for folks choosing a 'racial identity'.  Years ago, even before Sen. Elizabeth Warren was exposed for identifying herself as Native American (which she is not), I believe I was the first person in the world to assert that transgender activism by Chaz Bono (and now by Caitlyn Jenner) could sow the seeds for people not only to assert their core gender identities, despite DNA evidence to the contrary, but also to assert their racial identities, despite physical and historical evidence to the contrary.  If a man with male anatomy and a "Y" chromosome can assert he is female and be put on the covers of celebrity magazines and given awards for bravery, why can't a white woman assert that her internal identity is that of a black woman?

Why Al Sharpton's wrong about Rachel Dolezal's parents.  Dolezal resigned Monday as the NAACP leader in Spokane, Wash., just days after news broke that she was actually white and had only been masquerading as a black woman.  And we now know enough to understand that her parents didn't have much choice about outing her to the media.

Self-Invention Jumps the Shark.  [Scroll down]  This week, we have Rachel Dolezal, head of the Spokane NAACP who for a couple of decades has been pretending to be black and the victim of parental and spousal abuse, rape, and hate crimes.  We might excuse this behavior as the product of a troubled mind, but as with [Elizabeth] Warren, [Bruce] Jenner, and the mattress girl, there are external payoffs for such deceptive behavior.  As Powerline reports:  "For Ms. Dolezal, being black wasn't just a delusion.  It was, seemingly, a career choice."  Pretending to be black landed her a position as Adjunct Professor of African-American Studies at Eastern Washington University.

What the Rachel Dolezal Scandal Teaches Us.  The internet was on fire on Friday, June 12, 2015.  News broke that 37-year-old Rachel Dolezal is not black.  She had presented herself as black, and that presentation played a role in her positions as president of the NAACP in Spokane, Washington, chair of Spokane's Office of Police Ombudsman Commission, professor in the Africana Studies Program at Eastern Washington University, former education director of the Human Rights Education Institute, and licensed diversity trainer and consultant for human rights education and inclusivity in regional schools.  Dolezal's skin is café-au-lait-colored; this shade is perhaps the product of self-tanning or other ruses.  She claimed to be the daughter of dark-skinned black man, and the mother of two dark-skinned black boys.  Dolezal is neither.  Rachel Dolezal's parents went public with photos.  In fact she is naturally peaches-and-cream complexioned, blonde-haired, and green-eyed.  The two boys she tried to pass off as her sons are her adopted brothers.

Rachel Dolezal's Brother Says She Warned: "Don't Blow My Cover".  Ezra Dolezal told BuzzFeed News that his adopted sister warned him to not tell anyone in Spokane that she wasn't really black as she started a new life for herself.

Al Sharpton Scolds Rachel Dolezal's Parents: 'Are You Really Gonna Do This To Your Kid?'.  Al Sharpton has some questions for Lawrence and Ruthanne Dolezal about why they waited until Friday to appear on TV to discuss their controversial daughter, Rachel Dolazel.  Dolazel's parents outed the NAACP local president as a white woman pretending to be black, and Sharpton was approached by TMZ one day later to give his thoughts.  When asked if what the Dolazel parents did was wrong, Sharpton first brought up the NAACP description of the story as a family dispute, but then said that Rachel's parents were trying to create a distraction from her activism in social justice.

The Left Can't Handle An Inconvenient Truth.  Identity politics is a prized possession in the Left's arsenal until someone uses certain identities in a way in which the Left disapproves.  They initially shout:  "Be who you believe you are, and present yourself in the way you want!"  Only, they're lying.  They don't mean be free to be your (chosen) self.  They really mean be free to be your (chosen) self only if it's what they allow at that moment and in line with the narrative they wish to promote.  This is why the situation involving Spokane, Washington NAACP President Rachel Dolezal is making the Left so defensive.  It shows the hypocrisy of their convenient tolerance.

NAACP leader Rachel Dolezal lied about being black: parents.  An NAACP leader and prominent civil rights activist in Washington state has been pretending to be black for years, her parents admitted local media Thursday [6/11/2015].  Rachel Dolezal, who heads Spokane's NAACP chapter and teaches Africana studies at Eastern Washington University, refused to directly answers any questions about her alleged racial ruse after it was exposed.  A KXLY reporter bluntly asked her, "Are you African American?"  After a stunned pause, she replied:  "I don't understand the question."

Local NAACP president outed as white woman by her own parents.  If you can choose your gender, why not have the ability to choose your race?  That appears to be the argument shaping up to explain the bizarre case of NAACP Spokane, Washington chapter president Rachel Dolezal, whose parents have gone public with the fact that she was born blond and blue-eyed.

NAACP leader and civil rights activist outed as WHITE by her parents who say she's been pretending to be black for years.  The parents of a white NAACP leader who claimed to be African American have claimed that she cut them out because she didn't want them ruining her image.  Larry and Ruthanne Dolezal spoke from their home in Troy, Montana on Friday after they revealed that their daughter, Spokane's NAACP Chapter President Rachel Dolezal, has been misleading people about her ethnicity for years.  Dolezal, who has been a civil rights activist across Idaho and Washington and works part-time as an Africana Studies professor at Eastern Washington University, is now facing a city ethics probe for falsely claiming on an application that she was black.

How to become black in three easy steps.  Rachel Dolezal is the blonde, green-eyed head of the Spokane NAACP chapter who claimed to be black.  Unfortunately for her, her parents came forward to reveal that neither they nor she was, in fact, black.  She also claimed that (1) a very dark-skinned black man was her father (he wasn't), (2) she was born in a teepee in Montana and grew up hunting with bow and arrow, (3) her mother beat her with something called a "baboon whip" because she was black, and (4) she received hate mail from a racist group, even though the mail she turned over to the police turns out never to have been mailed in the first place (oops!).  Surprisingly, the liberal media is supporting her.  After all, she is a liberal.  This creates a tremendous opening:  if a blonde, green-eyed woman can be black, anyone can be black!  Given the advantages in jobs, schooling, and government contracts, the only surprising thing is that more people don't do it!

The Psychology of an Ethnic Fraud: Behind Rachel Dolezal's Invented Persecution.  Something very strange seems to be going on with Dolezal and her family.  Her biological, white parents outed her in the first place.  Meanwhile, she's identified a third party (a black man) as her real father, and is alleged to have claimed one of her black adopted brothers is actually her son.  Dolezal has accused her parents of child abuse, and specifically of using a "baboon whip" to beat her and her siblings. [...] Why would a person co-opt a position of marginalization and victimization in such a highly visible, risky, and outrageous way?  What type of brokenness, misguidedness, illness, or malice inside a person would lead them them to do such a thing?  Her case suggests more than just a deep-seated problem, something more than just a highly narcissistic form of histrionic personal disorder, or an unhealthy need for obsession and approval.

The Strange Case of Rachel Dolezal.  What to make of Rachel Dolezal, the "trans-racial" woman in Washington state who not only posed as a black person, but made a career out of it? [...] For Ms. Dolezal, being black wasn't just a delusion.  It was, seemingly, a career choice:  She Is An Adjunct Professor of African-American Studies at Eastern Washington University.

Everything You Need to Know about Transracial Hero Rachel Dolezal.  [Scroll down]  She Has Repeatedly Claimed To Be The Victim of Anti-Black Hate Crimes.  She says Idaho white supremacist groups burglarized all of her homes when she lived in the state, and explained that they felt "threatened by female power."  She says they threatened to kidnap her son, Franklin, and "hung nooses in her home."  No arrests were ever made.  This week, Spokane police released information about Dolezal's most recent complaint:  that she received hate mail.  But according to the Spokesman-Review, it's highly possible she sent it herself.

If Rachel Dolezal Isn't Black, How Is Caitlyn Jenner A Woman?  Spokane NAACP president Rachel Dolezal, a professor of Africana Studies at Eastern Washington University, was outed earlier this week by her parents as being white.  In what has to be one of the more bizarre news stories of 2015, Dolezal pretended for years to be black.  Social media accounts posted pictures of a black man who she said was her father (he's not).  She regularly wrote about her black son Izaiah (he's actually her adopted brother).  It also appears as though she repeatedly lied about being the victim of race-based hate crimes.  She claims to have been the victim of at least nine separate hate crimes.

Also posted under fake hate crimes.

Did Rachel Dolezal not only fake her race, but fake 'hate crimes,' too?  There's been a lot of sturm und drang stirred up over the Rachel Dolezal fakery regarding her race.  But in the background, there is a troubling issue that is going largely unreported.  Dolezal has reported several instances of "hate crimes" that police have been unable to confirm, including "hate mail" directed at the NAACP that was never sent through the regular mail and, according to postal employees, could only have been placed in the organization's post office box by someone with a key.

Melissa Harris-Perry on Rachel Dolezal: 'It Is Possible That She Might Actually Be Black?'.  If you've been following the Rachel Dolezal story online, you may have seen the word "transracial" being thrown around and people saying choosing to be black is like Caitlyn Jenner choosing to be female.  It's unclear how much of it's sincere and how much is just straight-up trolling, but MSNBC's Melissa Harris-Perry entertained the notion on her show today with kind of a huge question.  "Is it possible that she might actually be black?"  While not wanting to make the transgender comparison, Harris-Perry questioned whether one can be "cisblack and transblack," and whether there's a way to describe "the achievement of blackness despite one's parentage."

Rachel Dolezal finally admits she was born white.  The civil-rights activist, who shot to infamy earlier this year after she was caught on video denying the fact that she is a white person pretending to be a black person, made what turned out to be a noteworthy appearance on Fox's The Real earlier today [11/2/2015].

Dolezal II:  Andrea Smith
Meet the Native American Rachel Dolezal.  Andrea Smith — an associate professor at University of California, Riverside, the founder of INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence, and a leading Native American studies scholar and activist — may not, in fact, be a Cherokee woman, despite repeatedly presenting herself as such since at least 1991.  I first saw Andrea Smith in 2013 when she delivered a keynote at the Southeastern Women's Studies Association (SEWSA) conference and, although her program bio did not explicitly mention that she was Cherokee, she was widely understood by conference goers to be a Native American speaker.

Tribes Blast 'Wannabe' Native American Professor.  "I have always been, and will always be Cherokee."  This is University of California, Riverside professor Andrea Smith's official response to recent allegations that she is not Cherokee, an identity that she has claimed throughout her decades-long career as a prominent figure in Native American scholarship and activism.  In a blog post on Thursday night [7/9/2015], Smith maintained that she is Cherokee, that she has "consistently identified [herself] based on what [she] knew to be true," and that "[t]here have been innumerable false statements made about [her] in the media."

Dolezal III:  Shaun King a/k/a Talcum X

"Tear Them Down": Race Activist Shaun King Calls for Removal of All Statues, Murals and Stained Glass Windows of "White Jesus and his European Mother".  Race activist Shaun King on Monday [6/22/2020] called for the taking down of all statues, murals and stained glass windows of "white Jesus and his European mother".  King issued his statement on Twitter to his 1.1 million followers.

Shaun King says Jesus images 'a form of white supremacy' that must go: 'They should all come down'.  Shaun King said Monday [6/22/2020] it's time for anything resembling "white Jesus" to be expunged from the public square.  The staunch Black Lives Matter activist made the comments as online activists continued to debate which statues and monuments were culturally unacceptable in 2020.  The May 25 death of George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, under the weight of Minneapolis police served as the impetus for activists to tear down statues of historical figures like Christopher Columbus and George Washington.

Shaun King says Jesus images 'a form of white supremacy' that must go: 'They should all come down'.  Shaun King said Monday [6/22/2020] it's time for anything resembling "white Jesus" to be expunged from the public square.  The staunch Black Lives Matter activist made the comments as online activists continued to debate which statues and monuments were culturally unacceptable in 2020.  The May 25 death of George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, under the weight of Minneapolis police served as the impetus for activists to tear down statues of historical figures like Christopher Columbus and George Washington.

Black Lives Matter Con Artist, Shaun King, Demands All Images of White Jesus Destroyed.  Shaun King is a well known Black Lives Matter con artist who has grifted on racial grievance for a decade even lying about his own family and race.  Shaun King is white, provably white, and he found his professional & financial niche by conning black people, including Oprah Winfrey, into believing he is black.  After spending several years drumming up racial division King attached himself to the very first well publicized BLM effort in Ferguson Missouri.  There was a lot of money to be made selling the completely false Mike Brown story; so Shaun King hooked up with DeRay McKesson to create the new financial conduit known as Black Lives Matter.  His scams and cons are very well known to long-term CTH readers.  Together McKesson and King sell a toxic stew of Marxism, racism, and hatred; and as a consequence their business model intersects with Islamic extremism.

Did Black Lives Matter Organizer Shaun King Mislead Oprah Winfrey By Pretending To Be Biracial?  An investigative blogger has accused Shaun King, a key figure in the Black Lives Matter movement, of misleading media icon Oprah Winfrey by pretending to be biracial in order to qualify for an "Oprah scholarship" to historically black Morehouse College.  The blogger says King is white and has been lying about his ethnicity for years.

Report: Black Lives Matter organizer and Oprah scholarship recipient who claims he has been the victim of a hate crime 'revealed to be white'.  A key figure in the Black Lives Matter movement who claimed he was the victim of a horrific hate crime in his youth as a result his race has been outed as white.  Shaun King, an author and writer who is one of the leading voices speaking out against police brutality on social media, has claimed he is biracial in numerous interviews.  King has said that his father is black and his mother is white and of Irish descent — but his birth certificate lists his parents as both white.

'Black Lives Matter' Organization Being Run by White Guy Pretending to be Black.  Remember last month when a white woman named Rachel Dolezal had been caught after lying about being black for 10 years and had to resign as head of a Calif. NAACP chapter?  Well, now we have a white guy who have been pretending to be black exposed as the main organizer behind the so-called "black lives matter" organization!

White Man Claiming to be Black Running 'Black Lives Matter' Scammed Oprah Winfrey for Black Scholarship Award.  Earlier today [8/19/2015] we revealed that one of the key organizers of the so-called "black lives matter" group is a white guy who has been lying for years and claiming he's actually black.  Well, now more info is coming out on him and one interesting tidbit seems to show he scammed Oprah Winfrey for a scholarship that was supposed to only go to a black kid.

Shaun King, activist for the Black Lives Matter movement, outed as a white man.  It's the apparent second coming of Rachel Dolezal.  Shaun King, a prominent leader in the Black Lives Matter movement, has been claiming to be biracial when he is actually a white man, according to a report published Wednesday [8/19/2015].  King, 35, denied the report.

Activist Shaun King says man on birth certificate isn't his biological father.  After coming under fire by a slew of conservative Web sites that claimed he lied about his biracial identity, prominent social justice activist Shaun King told The Washington Post Thursday [8/20/2015] that he is biracial because he is the son of his white mother and a black man whose identity he does not know.  The white man whose name appears on King's birth certificate, he says, is not his father.

Dolezal IV:  Susan Taffe Reed
Faking Race on the Left.  Last week's removal of yet another pretend minority by New Hampshire's Dartmouth College shines light on a phenomena of behavior exhibited almost exclusively by the political left in America — instances of Caucasians pretending to be ethnic minorities.  It[']s odd behavior to say the least, and behavior that is rarely if ever exhibited by anyone but liberals.  Last month Dartmouth, an Ivy League and therefore almost by definition an uber-liberal school, named Susan Taffe Reed as new Director of its "Native American Program." [...]There's was just one problem.  She's a fake.

Dolezal V:  Anthony Lennon
White director who won minority theater grant defends decision to identify as black.  A white theater director defended Saturday [11/10/2018] his decision to identify as black, a case that has sparked an identity-politics debate in Great Britain after he received a publicly funded grant intended for minority artists.  Anthony Ekundayo Lennon, a director for the black-led Talawa Theatre Company in London, said he had "no doubt that I have some African ancestry" after coming under fire for winning an Arts Council England award meant for "theatre practitioners of colour."

Dolezal VI:  Martina Big

White glamor model, who identifies as black, hoping for black or 'milk chocolate' baby.  A German model who identifies as a black woman and uses tanning injections to darken her skin has stirred up quite a reaction by claiming in a TV interview that she and her white husband are expecting a black baby.  Model Martina Big and her husband Michael Eurwen, who is also using injections to darken his skin, discussed a range of topics when they appeared on This Morning on Britain's ITV channel.  These included their wedding, the 30-year-old's surgically enhanced breasts, and the process of changing skin color.

Dolezal VII:  Jessica Krug
Professor Jessica Krug admits she lied about being black: 'I cancel myself'.  Despite publicly living as a black woman for years, George Washington University associate professor Jessica Krug admitted Thursday that she is actually a "culture leech" — who is white.  "For the better part of my adult life, every move I've made, every relationship I've formed, has been rooted in the napalm toxic soil of lies," Krug, 38, writes in a brief but life-shattering Medium post titled "The Truth, and the Anti-Black Violence of My Lies."  The self-proclaimed "historian of politics, ideas, and cultural practices in Africa and the African Diaspora" goes on to detail a lengthy trail of public deception.

Krug's confession:
The Truth, and the Anti-Black Violence of My Lies.  To an escalating degree over my adult life, I have eschewed my lived experience as a white Jewish child in suburban Kansas City under various assumed identities within a Blackness that I had no right to claim: first North African Blackness, then US rooted Blackness, then Caribbean rooted Bronx Blackness.

Racial Deception.  During slavery, many black women, often in a forcible union with a white man, bore mixed-race children.  Based on their percentage of white blood, they were deemed "mulattos," "quadroons," "octoroons" or even "hexadecaroons."  Depending on skin color, they could pass as white and avoid the gross racial discrimination suffered by their darker skinned brothers and sisters. [...] Now the tables have been turned with some white women claiming they are black.  For years, Rachel Dolezal claimed that she was black.  As a result of her deception, she became president of the Spokane, Washington, office of the NAACP and an instructor of Africana studies at Eastern Washington University.  Her two white parents outed her.  Just recently, Jessica Krug, George Washington University professor of history, who for years claimed that she was black, confessed that she was white.  Her faculty bio listed her as a scholar in African American history, imperialism and colonialism.

Yet Another White Woman Exposed For Pretending To Be Black!  A white woman by the name of Jessica Krug wrote an apology letter on Medium for pretending to be black for the majority of her adult life.  It's not clear what made her come to the light and confess her "sins" ... but she did.  Her story is nearly viral as of Thursday, September 3rd, 2020.  Krug is (among other things) an associate professor at George Washington University teaching History and "Africana" Studies.  No surprise there.

Neighbor of white prof who outed herself for pretending to be Black describes long history of troubled behavior.  A neighbor of supposed Black-pretender Jessica Krug says there was always trouble when the two women crossed paths during a venomous relationship that involved missing mail, insults and bitter confrontations.  Documentary filmmaker Anna Anderson, 39, lived in the same East Harlem building for five years, but first crossed swords with Krug, a history professor at George Washington University, in 2018.

Suicide on the Trans-Black Express.  Jessica A. Krug calls herself "an unrepentant and unreformed child of the hood" and a self-taught "historian of politics, ideas, and cultural practices in Africa and the African Diaspora."  She is an associate professor at George Washington University, where she is described as "a historian of politics, ideas, and cultural practices in Africa and the African Diaspora, with a particular interest in West Central Africa and maroon societies in the early modern period and Black transnational cultural studies." [...] A student of Krug's at George Washington University says the professor would show up for class all blacked-out in high heels, hoop earrings, and leopard-print clothing. [...]

White Professor Who Tried to Pass as Black Suspended From George Washington University.  The professor who taught African American history at George Washington University has been suspended following a confession on social media that she had been pretending to be black most of her life.

Dolezal VIII:  CV Vitolo-Haddad

Graduate student admits lying about being black and resigns from teaching role at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  A University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate student has resigned from a teaching role after admitting to lying about being black.  CV Vitolo-Haddad, who identifies as non-binary and goes by 'they' or 'them' pronouns, pretended on multiple occasions to be black or Latino although the teacher is actually Southern Italian and Sicilian.  Vitolo-Haddad failed to correct peoples' assumptions about racial identity, 'entered Black organizing spaces' and on three occasions didn't say no when others asked about being black.

Dolezal IX:  Satchuel Cole

Black Lives Matter Activist Exposed as White.  If you're keeping track of the country's racial privilege balance, this is the third case in a short time of lefties caught pretending to be black. [...] This follows two cases, including that of Jessica Krug, an associate professor at George Washington University.  It really says something that a whole bunch of white people can profit from becoming minorities.  Including a top Democrat presidential candidate.

Satchuel Cole, leader in the fight for racial equality in Indianapolis, lied about [they/them] own race.  Satchuel Cole, a highly visible community leader advocating for racial and social justice in Indiana, has apologized for misleading people about Cole's own race, saying "I have taken up space as a Black person while knowing I am white."  Cole — who uses pronouns they/them — worked with Indy10 Black Lives Matter and Indy SURJ, apologized and admitted lying in a social media post.  Cole, who also was active in the LGBTQ community, did not respond to multiple phone messages and emails from IndyStar this week.

Yet another race faker is exposed:  BLM activist and spokesman for family of man killed by cops admits posing as a black person.  A community activist who campaigned for racial justice has outed herself as a race faker after posing as a black person for years despite being white.  Satchuel Cole, born Jennifer Lynn Benton, admitted in a Facebook post to having 'taken up space as a Black person while knowing I am white'.  The activist, from Indianapolis, was a member of the Indy10 Black Lives Matter group and in 2017 acted as a spokesperson for the family of Aaron Bailey, who was shot and killed by police following a traffic stop in June 2017.

Dolezal X:  Craig Chapman

Latest white professor caught faking being black is hilarious.  Meet the unlikeliest oppressed black woman... ever.  If being black is such a disadvantage in a "systemically racist" America, why are so many white people — particularly professors — getting caught posing as African-Americans? [...] Today, I cannot think of any cases of black people exposed as posing as Caucasian, but in recent times, there has been a parade of fake blacks, starting with an NAACP chapter president named Rachel Dolezal.  But the latest example is outright hilarious, in part because the professorial perp is as polar opposite of the pose adopted as could be imagined.  Meet the "woman of color" who posted on Twitter as "The Science Femme" according to his university's student newspaper:  [Photo]  Assistant professor Craig Chapman must have been suffering from indignation envy, pumping out oppression porn, for, unlike some other fake blacks, there was no career advantage in his race fraud.  It was purely for the benefit of adopting persecution by proxy.

Craig Chapman
Report: U. of New Hampshire Prof Posed as 'Woman of Color' on Twitter.  A University of New Hampshire (UNH) professor allegedly posed as a "woman of color" on Twitter, according to a report in the school's student newspaper.  After the student investigation, the account was deleted from the platform.  Assistant professor Craig Chapman has fallen under scrutiny for apparently posing as a black woman on Twitter under the name "The Science Femme," [...] according to a report by the school's student newspaper the New Hampshire.

Dolezal XI:  Kelly Kean Sharp

Even More White Lies.  Another week, another unmasking of a white professor allegedly posing as a person of color:  this time it's Kelly Kean Sharp, a scholar of African American history who resigned abruptly Tuesday from her assistant professorship at Furman University.  Like other apparent racial fraudsters before her, Sharp was outed by an anonymous post on Medium.  The writer of the post identifies him or herself as having "distantly" known Sharp when she was graduate student at the University of California, Davis.  Sharp had never publicly identified as Latinx back then, the writer said, so they were recently puzzled to learn that Sharp had since started referring to herself as Chicana, including on her now-private Twitter profile.

Dolezal XII:  Hillary Hayward-Thomas

NYT: Covering The Elites, Or Covering For The Elites?  Whatever else might have once been said about liberal bias at the New York Times, at least you could say that they covered the elites.  What else can you say about their wedding announcements section, which, as I think David Brooks once joked, reads more like a mergers and acquisitions page, since the couples spotlighted are invariably ivy league uber-overclass climbers.  But now it seems the Times mission is to provide cover for the elites.  Their long story about the Hilaria Baldwin scandal a couple days ago reads like a Babylon Bee parody designed to ward off any criticism of lying about one's identity on a grand scale.  All these puff pieces about her in Spanish language publications?  Hilarious Baldwin now says she didn't see or read any of them.  It's all someone else's mistake.

The Puzzle of Identity.  In an interview on December 29, 2020 the lady, the 36-year-old wife of actor Alec Baldwin, who calls herself Hilaria Baldwin, found it strange that comments were mounting that she, a self-styled famous person with thousands of followers, was not what they thought she was.  Her very identity was now the subject of international debate and skepticism.  The lady, born Hillary Haywood-Thomas, was born to American parents, a father who was employee in a real estate firm and a mother who was an internal medicine specialist at Massachusetts General Hospital, lived in a $4 million house on Beacon Hill in Boston, and went to school in Weston, Massachusetts.  For some years Hillary purported to be Hilaria, and her website posted she was born in Mallorca, Spain.  Hillary-Hilaria is bilingual, and she speaks English sometimes with a Spanish accent, depending on her emotions at the time.  She has five children, all of whom were given Spanish names.

Hilaria Baldwin admits fake Spanish accent, real name in Instagram video.  It's been an odd week for Hilaria (sometimes Hilary) Baldwin.  In a lengthy seven-minute Instagram video, the fitness expert and podcaster hit back at online claims which alleged the 36-year-old has been "faking" a Spanish accent, using a fake name and shared incorrect claims she was born in Mallorca, Spain.  Baldwin's post was in response to a now-viral Twitter thread which shared multiple videos of Baldwin speaking in a Spanish accent which conflicted with the American accent she uses in her recent Instagram videos.

It's not just her name, Hilaria Baldwin's entire life is a fake.  Hilaria Baldwin, the epically thirsty, self-identified Spanish wife of actor Alec, has been outed as a basic white woman from Massachusetts, real name Hillary Hayward-Thomas.  Escandalo!  The cringiest piece of evidence is a clip from the "Today" show, in which Hilaria, speaking in a Spanish accent while cosplaying as some kind of culinary expert, says, "We have very few ingredients.  We have tomatoes, we have, um, how you say in Eng — cucumbers."  We've had quite a run of these masquerades, haven't we?  There was, of course, Rachel Dolezal, a white woman who claimed to be black, going so far as becoming president of her local NAACP chapter in Washington state and reporting herself the victim of race-related hate crimes.  Former Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren clung to a dubious Native American identity for decades before finally apologizing to the Cherokee Nation in August 2019.  Then there's Jessica Krug, the author and academic who claimed to be, at different points, half-Algerian American, half-German American, and an "Afro-boricua" from the Bronx whose nickname was "La Bombalera."  This past September, Krug admitted that she was just a nice Jewish girl from the Midwest who had lied about "various assumed identities within a Blackness that I had no right to claim:  first North African Blackness, then US rooted Blackness, then Caribbean rooted Bronx Blackness."

Alec Baldwin's Wife, Who Was Born To Wealthy White Parents In Boston, Pretends To Have A Spanish Accent.  Podcaster Hilaria Baldwin has defended herself against claims that she "faked" her Spanish heritage.  The yoga instructor, 36, and wife of actor Alec Baldwin has been accused of cultural appropriation after questions were raised over her Hispanic roots.  The social media backlash began on December 21 when a Twitter user wrote:  "You have to admire Hilaria Baldwin's commitment to her decade long grift where she impersonates a Spanish person".  [Video clip]

Dolezal XIII:  Kristen Rosen Gonzalez

'Woke' Democrat Caught Falsely Claiming to Be Hispanic.  A "woke" Florida Democrat has been caught faking her heritage to win votes from Hispanic communities in the race for the Miami Beach City Commission.  Kristen Rosen Gonzalez gave a bizarre response after getting caught falsely claiming to be Hispanic.  Gonzalez often boasts that she's "the most high-profile Hispanic Democrat in the City of Miami Beach."  While speaking about Hispanic communities during a candidate interview with Democratic Party leaders, Gonzalez described herself as "their girl."

Dolezal XIV:  Name unknown

College Professor Discovers She Is White... No, Not Kidding.  These are the tools programming your children for tens of thousands of dollars per year.  This was the moment this college professor decided to make a video professing her amazing discovery she's white.  [Video clip]

Dolezal XV:  Carrie Bourassa

Canada's indigenous health expert Carrie Bourassa loses job when ancestry claims prove false.  A Canadian medical researcher who rose to become the nation's top voice on indigenous health has been ousted from her government job and her university professorship — after suspicious colleagues investigated her increasingly fanciful claims of Native American heritage and learned she was a fraud.  Carrie Bourassa, a public health expert who served as scientific director of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research's Institute of Indigenous Peoples' Health, was suspended on Nov. 1, five days after the state-owned Canadian Broadcasting Corporation published a lengthy expose on her background.  Far from being a member of the Métis nation, as she had long claimed, a laborious trace of Bourassa's family tree revealed that her supposedly indigenous ancestors were in fact immigrant farmers who hailed from Russia, Poland, and Czechoslovakia.

Another fake Indian outed at a fancy bureaucrat post in Canada.  The urge to 'play Indian' among privileged white women is far from confined to the U.S. Over in wokester Canada, they found another one. [...] Previous reporting suggests that the region's real Indians were put off by that fancy Indian regalia she flaunted for the speech, knowing that real Indians don't typically do that kind of ostentatious display, but a pretender looking for 'street cred' among the whites might.  Some went digging and sure enough, found that she was a pretender to Native American heritage, and kind of a fraudier-than-most faker, given that she held a job that was supposedly drawn on her "experience" as an Indian, supposedly to be looking out for Indian health care.  If you were Native American, would you like this person to be in charge of your health care?  And who was the real Native American that that job slot was taken away from?

Another White Liberal Caught Faking Her Race.  But Why Can't She Be Trans-racial?  Another neoliberal freak white woman got caught cos-playing as a trendier race.  This time, it was an "indigenous feminist" university professor (who, in reality, is a thoroughbred white descendant of Eastern European immigrants) named Carrie Bourassa: [...] So, yes, her race-obsessed musings sound absurd and Bourassa deserves all the hard-earned mockery she's received.  But are they any more absurd than the claims of men who essentially make the same fallacious appeals — that, for example, they "knew they were women from the time they were very young?"  If we're using biological reality as a standard (laughable in the face of the left, admittedly), transracialism is way more legitimate than transgenderism.

Dolezal XVI:  Gina Adams

Activist who claimed Arab, South Asian and Latin heritage outed as being 'white as driven snow'.  The senior inclusion officer of a Philadelphia-based social justice group has been lying about her ethnic identity for years — claiming she is a woman of color despite being "as white as the driven snow," her mother alleges.  Raquel Evita Saraswati, 39, who was born Rachel Elizabeth Seidel, is the chief equity, inclusion and culture officer of the American Friends Service Committee, which fights "violence, inequality and oppression," the Intercept reported.  The Muslim activist, who has access to files of the progressive Quaker group's workers and volunteers, has claimed for years to be of Latin, South Asian and Arab descent.  But her mother, Carol Perone, said Saraswati is actually of British, German and Italian descent.

'Indigenous' scholar resigns after being outed as white.  An Emily Carr University professor who made a career as an indigenous artist and scholar has resigned after it was discovered she is white.  "Gina Adams was among a group of faculty hired in a cluster in 2019 as part of a 'commitment to reconciliation, Indigenization and decolonization,'" the Vancouver Sun reported, adding a spokesperson for the Canadian institution released a statement confirming Adams resigned from her tenure-track adjunct professor position Aug. 25.  "Emily Carr University takes very seriously the allegations that a member of our faculty made a false claim to Indigenous identity," the statement read.

Dolezal XVII:  Raquel Evita Saraswati

Raquel Evita Saraswati pretended to be a woman of color.  Raquel Evita Saraswati made a name for herself in a number of Philadelphia's community and advocacy circles.  The queer, Muslim woman held iftars during Ramadan, creating a space and providing mentorship for other queer Muslims in the community.  She attended and helped organize protests, including a vigil in West Philadelphia after the mass shootings at Christchurch mosques in 2019, and a jummah prayer at City Hall after George Floyd's murder.  She served as chair of the Mayor's Commission on LGBT Affairs, won a "RAD girl of the year" award and, most recently, was appointed the chief equity, inclusion and culture officer with the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC).  And through all her work and relationship-building, Saraswati always ambiguously presented herself as a woman of color — of Latino, Arab and/or South Asian descent.  But last month, Saraswati's colleagues at the Quaker organization AFSC published an open letter that, word by word, unraveled the image Saraswati has carefully sewn together of herself over the years.

Arab-Latina activist working as chief equity officer for progressive group is actually a white woman.  There's a lot more to this story than just the uncovering of another Rachel Dolezal.  I'm not sure if the subtext was clear to the Intercept, who published this story today, but it's pretty glaring to me.  ["]Members of the American Friends Service Committee, a prominent Quaker organization known for its progressive values and social justice advocacy in the U.S. and abroad, have raised an alarm about a woman holding a leadership position within the organization who they say has misrepresented her ethnic background for years and who they fear may be working on behalf of groups seeking to undermine their organization.  Raquel Evita Saraswati, a Muslim activist who for years has encouraged people to believe that she is a woman of color, including Latina as well as of South Asian and Arab descent, is the AFSC's chief equity, inclusion, and culture officer, a senior position that gives her access to the files of dozens of the organization's staff and volunteers.  But Saraswati, who was born Rachel Elizabeth Seidel, is not a person of color, according to her mother, Carol Perone. [..."]  Raquel/Rachel did convert to Islam in high school so that much of her identity is real.  But the AFSC is now concerned that she may be some kind of double agent.  It turns out that she got her start by appearing as a moderate Muslim on Fox News and Newsmax.

Dolezal XVIII:  Elizabeth Hoover

Berkeley Professor Sparks Anger Over False Indigenous Heritage.  A professor at the University of California, Berkeley, who admitted in an open letter on Monday that she had claimed to have Native American heritage when she did not, has drawn condemnation online.  In a post dated May 1 on her personal website, Elizabeth Hoover — an associate professor of anthropology and environmental sciences, who has researched Indigenous environmental health and food sovereignty — apologized for the "hurt, harm, and broken trust" she had caused.  It echoes the claim by Elizabeth Warren, Democratic senator from Massachusetts, who for years said she had Native American ancestry, and raises fresh questions about ethnic misrepresentation in public life.

Echoes of Fauxcahontas Elizabeth Warren as fake Indian professor uncovered at Cal Berkeley, facing demands to resign.  Another high-profile female at one of America's most prestigious universities has been outed for having falsely claimed Native American heritage and thereby illicitly benefitted from affirmative action, as well as deceiving research subjects with her false claims. [...] Strikingly, her excuse for her false claims echoes that of Senator Elizabeth Warren: family lore, uncritically accepted, to great personal benefit.  Her apology did not lead to forgiveness, however.  On November 11, 2022, a group of over 350 people with roots in academia and Native American concerns issued a highly critical "collective statement" [...]

Dolezal XIX:  Kay LeClaire

Woman who faked Native American heritage was awarded university residency.  The University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW Madison) awarded a $5,000 residency to Kay LeClaire, a woman recently exposed for faking her Native American ancestry.  LeClaire is the latest "pretendian" who profits by providing art or expertise to universities, museums, or other institutions, all of which are pushing for inclusivity in curriculum, faculty makeup, and exhibitions.

Dolezal XX:  Andrea Smith

University of California Prof Who Claimed to Be Native American Resigns.  A prominent scholar and University of California, Riverside professor, who claimed to be Native American, has resigned after 13 faculty members accused her of false claims of Native identity that violated academic integrity.  In an ironic twist, professor Andrea Smith once criticized white feminists for pretending to be Native Americans.  She wrote, "They do this by opting to 'become Indian.'  In this way, they can escape responsibility and accountability for white racism."  For the last 15 years, prominent ethnic studies professor Andrea Smith, whose scholarship was partly built on what she had claimed was her Cherokee identity, has been accused of falsely claiming to be Native American, according to a report by the New York Times.

Dolezal XXI:  Buffy Sainte-Marie

Canadian Musician and Indigenous Icon is Actually a White Woman from Massachusetts.  We had this in the headlines when the story broke three weeks ago and, for reasons that aren't entirely clear, a bunch of new stories about it today.  A famous Canadian singer and Indigenous icon named Buffy Sainte-Marie turns out to be a white woman "pretendian" whose entire backstory is a lie. [...] I'm not that familiar with her music but it's clear her fame went well beyond that.  She was a regular on Sesame Street in the 1970s where she presented herself as a member of the Cree tribe.  But a recent investigation by CBC News found none of it was true.

The Dolezal Syndrome in general:

The Curious Case of Racial Shifting (Or, When Being White Isn't Enough).  The trend of pretending to belong to a different ethnic group has faced scrutiny in recent years.  One of the most well-known examples include Rachel Dolezal, who presented herself as a black woman but was revealed to have white parents, and Elizabeth Warren, a Democratic senator who claimed Cherokee ancestry but later apologized after a DNA test showed little Native American heritage.  Another instance involves Hilaria Baldwin, the wife of actor Alec Baldwin, who adopted a Spanish accent and claimed Spain as her native country before it was discovered that she was actually from Boston.  Carrie Bourassa, a professor in Canada, resigned after it was revealed that she likely had no indigenous ancestry despite claiming to be a member of various indigenous groups.  But there are plenty of other examples that don't make the news. [...] In essence, a significant number of white folks have begun identifying as Native Americans over the past few decades largely as a way to abandon their white identity and identify with a marginalized group.  Yes, it sounds insane, but it is not surprising considering the cultural environment that has been shaped by the hard left, which has encouraged the type of white guilt that leads to this type of behavior.

Fifty Shades of Justin Pearson.  Hilaria Baldwin.  Hilary Clinton.  Elizabeth Warren.  Justin Trudeau.  There is a long list of white Democrats who love, love putting on rhetorical "blackface" to try appearing less white, more ethnic, and more authentically authentic.  Hilaria Baldwin (neé Hillary Hayward-Thomas) famously "became" Spanish after a single semester abroad in Spain, despite not actually being Spanish and living her whole life in the United States.  Justin Trudeau is a subject matter expert in all forms of blackface, as he demonstrates whenever he dons Indian (feather and dot) mufti.  Sandy Cortez, theater kid from Westchester, was rebranded as a "fiery Latina" to win her seat in Congress.  Who is the audience for these clickbait performances?  Well, the usual suspects of course:  Middle-Aged Liberal White Women.

Fauxcahontas: White female scholars keep pretending to be Native American.  A headline Jan. 24 in the New York Post trumpeted: "'Native American' novelist praised by GMA, NYT accused of being a 'Pretendian.'"  It tells the story of Erika Wurth, an English professor at Western Illinois University, whose claims to Native American ancestry have been meticulously debunked by activists and researchers even as the scholar maintains her claims.  "Wurth has lectured widely and has mined Native American traditions and folk tales in her seven books," including most recently "White Horse," a Book of the Month Club pick in November and featured on a list of Good Housekeeping's best books by Native writers, the Post reported.

Dolezal ahead of her time?  The "Pretendian" wave in Academia.  While the Supreme Court tackles the question of affirmative action in admissions, the perverse incentives have generated another type of perverse outcome.  The College Fix reported last week about the wave of "Pretendians," or what we have called "Fauxcohontas" posturing in the case of Elizabeth Warren.  A rise in unsubstantiated claims of Native American ancestry have begun to plague faculties in Academia.

Every Day is Halloween Now.  Nobody wanted to live in a world in which there's no way to know what is real and what isn't.  But that's the world we live in now.  Costumes have become the norm and normalcy is the aberration.  Men dress up as women.  An NAACP president turned out to be a white woman who identifies as black.  New York State Senator Julia Salazar is an antisemite who identifies as Jewish.  And it's revealed that prominent Indian activist figures, Marlon Brando's Oscar night princess, a prominent academic, a poet, were just white people even though they took to dressing up as Indians all year round.  Identity politics values what people identify as more than who they are.  Magical thinking leads people to believe that life is just a costume that you can change when you want to.  In a world that is becoming increasingly unreal, it's easy to think of reality as endlessly malleable.

MSNBC depicts CDC director Rochelle Walensky as black, using bizarre skin color alteration on live TV.  The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Rochelle Walensky is back in the news, this time as a "black" woman.  Walensky appeared on MSNBC this week in blackface (and black chest) to push Americans to drag their children in for the all-new two-in-one "vaccine" for the Fauci Flu (covid) and seasonal influenza.  "There's no way to know how bad a flu season is going to be, um, but we are, um, hearing potential for it to be a severe season," a really dark Walensky stated to the host.  "And we would encourage vaccines."  The Rachel Dolezal wannabe went on to urge people over the age of 65 to get the "high-dose" vaccine.  She then urged parents to vaccinate children as young as six.  "You can get your flu vaccine and, uh, your covid vaccine at the same time," she added.

The Editor says...
I'm a little surprised that such a thing hasn't been tried before.  Here's how it works, or at least how it could be done:  You're probably familiar with the idea of a green screen chroma-key.  This technique has been used (and over-used) since about 1970, most commonly to make a TV weather man appear to be standing in front of a giant map.  Earliest use of the chroma-key in local TV stations featured a large blue wall.  About 1980, everybody switched to bright green, because back then, the green channel in a color TV camera had the best signal-to-noise ratio.  Sometime around 2010, the manufacturers of high-end TV studio cameras began to include a skin detail feature which is essentially a skin-tone chroma-key:  Wherever the camera sees flesh, especially in the middle of the raster, it turns the "detail" sharpness way down, to make everyone's skin look flawlessly smooth.  (Without this feature, High-Definition cameras are brutally honest about skin texture.)  Anyway, the detail-killer could be used to lower the black level, i.e., to make all skin darker.  I've never heard of that being done before, but the technology exists.  When MSNBC is called out on the incident described in the article above, they'll probably blame it on a technical malfunction — unless they brag about it.  As developers say, it's either a bug or a new feature.

'Passing' in the Twenty-first Century.  The early twentieth-century act known as "passing" referred to light-skinned black Americans pretending to be white "in order to avoid discrimination and gain access to the privilege of whiteness." [...] Black Americans would often try to "pass" as white in order to gain privileges in a society which discriminated against blacks due to skin color.  White Americans of darker skin tone did not typically seek to "pass" as black in order to suffer discrimination.  We don't typically call pretending to be of another race in order to gain societal privileges "passing" anymore, but it certainly happens, and it's similarly a one-way street.  What's different is the system of societal discrimination that is being navigated by the "passers."  Take Satchuel Cole, an Indianapolis "racial justice" hustler, who was exposed in the late summer of 2020 for having posed as a black woman.

Dolezal in reverse:
Whoopi Goldberg wrote 1993 recipe for 'Jewish American Princess Fried Chicken' then claimed SHE was a practicing Jew.  Whoopi Goldberg's suspension from The View this week is the pinnacle of a years-long habit of making off-color remarks about Jewish people that includes a recipe she wrote for a celebrity cookbook in the 1990s called 'Jewish American Princess Fried Chicken', DailyMail.com can reveal.  In 1993, Goldberg — whose real name is Caryn Johnson — submitted the recipe to Cooking in The Litchfield Hills, a charity cookbook comprised of recipes from the well-heeled residents of the leafy Connecticut suburb.  DailyMail.com exclusively obtained a copy of the long-forgotten cookbook, where Whoopi's recipe mocking Jewish-American women glaringly stands out amongst friendlier submissions like legend Diane Sawyer's 'roasted potato skins with scallion dip', the late Eartha Kitt's 'summer zucchini soup with nasturtium blossoms' and Oscar de la Renta's 'fresh pumpkin and crab soup'.

Pretendians.  Who knew that Elizabeth Warren was part of a movement?  Apparently she is one of a great number of people who try to advance their careers by pretending to be American Indians.  We noted here a news report to the effect that close to 20 percent of white kids "identify" as Native American on their college applications — a strategy that apparently is often successful.  Now the New York Post reports on a list of some 200 people, prominent in academia, politics and the arts, who have falsely claimed to be part Indian.  Real Indians, it seems, are outraged that others are trying to horn in on their privileged status.

Fake Indians:  All of a sudden, American Indian population has surged 86.5%, Census shows.  [Scroll down]  Naturally, this fraudy trend has branched out, with white woman after white woman now claiming to be black or occasionally, Latina or Asian.  The 'fleeing whiteness' argument does have some basis, given that whites are being hectored about their color, like it was some sort of bad life choice they made, by the critical race theory crowd these days.  Bad choices, you see, can be corrected by good choices — and suddenly everyone wants to be an Indian.  Worse still, with the dominance of 'how I feel' culture growing rampant in society, brought on by the likely related transgender movement, where men who 'feel' like women move on to impersonating women, or their idea of what they think women are, plenty of whites have decided to go for it, taking the leap, claiming the fake Indian status.  'Status,' by the way, is the right word here, it's all about status, not actual lineage.

Millions More People Claiming To Be Native American In Past Decade, According to Census Data.  Elizabeth Warren was not Native American.  But she played one when it suited her career advancement.  In the past decade, millions more people have started pretending to be Native American, according to Census data. [...] The Native American population in the U.S. grew by a staggering 86.5% between 2010 and 2020, according to the latest U.S. Census — a rate demographers say is impossible to achieve without immigration.  Birth rates among Native Americans don't explain the massive rise in numbers.  And there certainly is no evidence of an influx of Native American expatriates returning to the U.S. Instead, individuals who previously identified as white are now claiming to be Native American.

Somewhat related:
Two Seattle artists charged with faking Native American heritage.  Two Washington state artists have been being charged with pretending to be Native American carvers to sell works at downtown Seattle galleries.  Lewis Anthony Rath, 52, and Jerry Chris Van Dyke, 67, were charged separately by the feds with violating the Indian Arts and Crafts Act, which prohibits misrepresentation in the selling of American Indian or Alaska Native arts and crafts, authorities said Friday [12/10/2021].  The U.S. Attorney's Office said Rath falsely claimed to be part of the San Carlos Apache Tribe, and Van Dyke pretended to be a member in the Nez Perce Tribe.  The goods they put up for sale included masks, totem poles and pendants sold in 2019 at Raven's Nest Treasure in Pike Place Market and at Ye Olde Curiosity Shop along Seattle's waterfront, authorities said.

Author Of Incredibly Racist 'White Fragility' Robin DiAngelo Says She Was 34 When She First Realized She Was WHITE.  Watch as Robin DiAngelo, author of the white hate book teachers are pushing with their critical race theory, White Fragility, tell her black interviewer she was 34 when she discovered she was white.  [Video clip]

The Flight From White Down Under.  Granted, the concept of "white privilege" has already achieved mental hegemony, but is it true?  It can be tested simply by measuring whether more people on the racial margins are attempting to pass from being considered nonwhite to white (as happened in the increasingly distant past) or instead from white to nonwhite.  Today, we see an increasing number of white-looking individuals, especially leftist female professors of grievance studies, striving for the privileges of being officially nonwhite.  This has become hilariously common in Australia, where the newspapers are full of the pathbreaking feats of the "first Indigenous" this or that, almost always with a photo of an extremely white-looking person.  The number of Australians who identify as Aboriginal has been soaring, especially in the metropolitan areas of the east coast, far from Indigenous settlements in the Outback.

Duke professor blames white men for white female professors impersonating women of color.  There's really nothing in this world the regressive left won't blame on white men.  Not even white women passing themselves off as black, Hispanic or American Indian (ahem).  The latest Caucasian outed as something she's allegedly not — the Mexican-political identity "Chicana" — is Kelly Kean Sharp of Furman University in South Carolina.  An anonymous person from her past at the University of California-Davis wrote a Medium post that said the professor of African American history never identified this way in grad school, but had started doing so on Twitter.

Another phony minority prof rolls out of the woodwork.  In what's far from the first case, another white female academic has been caught claiming to be a racial minority. [...] It's amazing that this phenomenon, nearly all of it the doing of white women in academia, has taken off to the extent it has the past few years.  Yet no one wants to talk about it.  Name the 60 Minutes report that does.  It's going on, yet the polite left pretends each case is some strange anomaly, some mental illness, some flaw of the pretender.  The issue is the structural conditions that throw out such incentives.  Seems that with the soft sciences that lefties specialize in have very little academic muscle, there's no objective way to determine who has enough merit for promotions, so they promote by race.  Explains why so many lefty white women are forging fake new identities as minorities, claiming oppression (being an oppressed victim is what in the eyes of the left makes you a hero), and reaping the tenure-track professorial slots.  So much for white-skin privilege, as the leftist narrative goes.  Name one black or brown woman who's lately been caught trying to pass herself off as white.

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