With a medium as susceptible to miscommunication as Twitter, aren’t we under some obligation to give authors some measure of benefit of the doubt? I can’t help but feel as though it takes willful cynicism to read the phrasing of the following tweet as conveying triumph about the end of racism. In instances such as […]
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Does wishing Richard Cohen would change his name to Conlon or Coleman or Concetti make me a terrible bigot?
Posted: Tuesday, November 12th, 2013 at
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Senator Cruz got in trouble for praising Jesse Helms the other day. In particular, Cruz is quoted as saying: “We need 100 more like Jesse Helms in the U.S. Senate.” This is a ridiculous thing to say. But the most ridiculous and indecent aspect of this story isn’t anything Cruz actually said. It’s the simple […]
Steven F. Hayward, Paul Kengor, Craig Shirley and Kiron K. Skinner wrote a strange Washington Post op-ed yesterday decrying the inspiro-pic “The Butler,” for its allegedly unkind portrayal of Ronald Reagan’s racial views. I was a little surprised by their complaints, since the Butler is quite kind to Reagan on a personal level. These authors […]
Hollywood biopics have become particularly popular in the last few years. Typically, these films focus on the life of élites: in the last two years alone Hollywood has released The Iron Lady, Hitchcock, Jobs, Lincoln, and the forthcoming Diana, to name a few. This week’s movie recommendation is a biopic of a very different kind, […]
The GOP boycotts the public commemoration of the March on Washington.
Posted: Thursday, August 29th, 2013 at
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The main problem with older faculty who hang on too long is that they impede the diversification of the faculty
This fine piece in In These Times reminds us how instrumental Federal policies on homeownership and road construction were in killing Detroit, and gives the lie to those who want to blame the city’s bankruptcy on corrupt leadership–specifically, corrupt Black leadership. Certainly there were, and are, Black leaders whose personal weaknesses interfere with the progress […]
Last Saturday, I attended a “Justice for Trayvon” rally in Chicago. You can read about it here. Below are some pictures from the demonstration.
Posted: Wednesday, July 31st, 2013 at
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Republicans as champions of civil rights in the ’60s? Not so much.
Posted: Sunday, July 21st, 2013 at
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