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.

"Reverend" Jeremiah Wright.

President Obama's Racial Opportunism.

Zimbabwe.

The Department of Kwanzaa.

Black Racism, Black Hate Crimes, and Black Mobs.




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.

The Editor says...
Stereotypes don't jus 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.

Self-hatred:
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.

The Editor says...
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.

The Editor says...
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.

The Editor says...
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.

The Editor says...
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.

The Editor adds...
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.

The Editor says...
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.

The Editor says...
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.

Update:
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.

The Editor says...
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.

The Editor says...
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?

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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.

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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.

The Editor comments...
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.

Note:  This article is replete with quotations from vulgar, profane and obscene lyrics.
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."



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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.



Sidebar:  The Starbucks fiasco of 2015
One more place to boycott.

Robert Woodson: If All Whites Moved Out of USA, How Would It Solve Inner-City Problems?  The solution to poverty begins in the neighborhoods and the people affected by it, says Robert Woodson, the founder and president of the Center for Neighborhood Enterprise.  "You always have to begin with a solution in mind," Woodson told CSPAN Tuesday morning in a discussion on poverty.  "I tell people, what is your solution?  If all whites tomorrow were to move to Canada and Europe, tell me how it would affect the black on black crime rate, how would it it affect the out-of-wedlock births, how would it affect the spread of AIDS?  How would it affect those issues?" he asked.

The Chains They Revere.  Why are so many of the young "misguided youth" in Baltimore so badly educated that they can barely speak English? [...] Believe it or not, in 2011, the public education system in Baltimore spent $15,483 per pupil... which was only second to NYC, which spent an incredible $19,770 to basically produce the same wretched results.  Of course, spending $15,483 per pupil is a total waste of money when most of those receiving it drop out of school because they place no value on it[,] just as the shattered "families" they come from see no value in it either, except to use it as an excuse for their failure to make anything out of it.  So there you have it, a complete Democrat run city (for decades) spending a huge amount of money on a public educational system that is totally controlled at every level by a key Democrat base group (the Teachers Union) which has instituted every single "educational reform" advocated by the academic left for the last 40 years[,] and all it has produced is yet another generation of semi-literate and illiterate, violent, utterly un-employable, lumpen-proletariat street thugs who only know how to make incoherent complaints for the cameras about a society they live in, but in which they have no idea how to succeed.

To Thug or Not to Thug.  As I expected, a number of the college students I instruct took exception to the use of the word thug as applied to the individuals who created mayhem and madness in Baltimore last week.  That "their" president used the term was of little import to these students. [...] And with each passing day and with each lawless behavior condoned — even applauded, "there is now a cottage industry dedicated to defending rap music, a group of enablers who glorify hard-core rap as a legitimate art form reflecting the bitter real-life experiences of ghetto inhabitants."  [Cynthia] Tucker pulls no punches when she asserts that "this so-called music and the lifestyle it glorifies is a malignancy destroying black America" and she wonders "[w]hat does it take for mothers and fathers, ministers and teachers, music executives and TV moguls to turn it off?"

Why your Starbucks barista wants to talk about race relations.  This week Starbucks patrons in line for coffee may find themselves waiting for an impromptu discussion on race relations to take place between barista and fellow patrons as part of the new "Race Together" social awareness campaign initiated by CEO Howard Schultz.  The idea is for a barista to write "Race Together" on a customer's cup and then engage that customer in a dialogue about race relations in America.  "When did you first become aware of your race?" is one question a barista might ask a patron who is interested in starting one of these free-range "organic dialogues," according to Starbucks' spokesperson Linda Mills, in a phone interview.

Starbucks' push to make baristas talk about race sounds like it could be disastrous.  Starbucks has launched an initiative to encourage its employees and customers to have conversations about race.  CEO Howard Schultz has given baristas at 12,000 Starbucks locations the option to write the words "Race Together" on customers' cups and begin discussions about race relations.

Starbucks Gentrifies Neighborhoods.  Starbucks stores tend to open in wealthier areas, and those areas see faster home appreciation than other neighborhoods. [...] Gentrification has many benefits, but it can make neighborhoods unaffordable for poor and moderate-income people and families, many of them minorities.

Starbucks Fights Racism; Racism Fights Back.  If you need a conversation starter with your Starbucks' barista, try this:  What's up with all the black mob violence?  Just as the coffee giant announced its employees would be educating their customers about race relations, large-scale episodes of black mob violence were breaking out across the country.  Starting in Minneapolis, where public officials get very, very testy during the rare occasion when anyone asks about black violence in their tolerant city.  "We don't keep track of arrestees by race," said police spokesman William Palmer, which of course is not true.  Not even close.

Curdling the cream in a cup of Starbucks.  Money is nice but it can be distracting.  Captains of industry pile up millions and sometimes imagine that profits makes them prophets, wise and learned in things they don't know anything about.  Everybody wants to be rich.  Not being rich in modern America is a symptom of sloth, indolence and failure.  People who aren't rich have to bear the taunt, "If you're so smart, why ain't you rich?"  But there's a corollary for blowhard capitalists who make millions selling coffee at $4 in a paper cup and a humble cheese sandwich for $5.  "If you're so rich, why ain't you smart?"

Why Is There No Starbucks Coffee House in Selma?  A story from fastcocreate.com showed just what happens when you walk into a Starbucks wanting to engage in a discussion on race.  Pretty much nothing.  The baristas are young kids, just trying to do their job and get through the day, and are kind of embarrassed to even bring it up.  I kind of feel sorry for them.  It is the fault of the mindless executives who put the Starbucks' employees through this, which is why I'm not a big fan of boycotts.

Does Starbucks Want an Honest Conversation?  Each and every time we're hectored to engage in an "honest conversation" about race, it's a sham.  What's wanted is not honesty, but confession of sin by white people and expressions of pain from blacks and others.  Decade after decade, despite vastly diminishing levels of white racism (and the rapid growth of non-white populations), we are told that the old stain of racism continues to poison the lives of minorities.  By encouraging that fiction, Starbucks is subtracting from racial understanding.

Coffee, tea, or a frank discussion on race?  Starbucks is easy to make fun of on its best days, what with the pretentious names for everyday items, never mind the ridiculously high prices for those same everyday items. [...] Howard Schultz, the company's CEO, is launching a new initiative called "Race Together."  Starting March 20, baristas will be encouraged to write "Race Together" on coffee cups "to facilitate a conversation between you and our customers" about their "race journey."  It's ironic.  The Obama years were supposed to usher in an era of racial harmony.  That didn't happen — which presumably is why Schultz feels the need to help mend our racial wounds.  What has happened, however, is that hordes of college graduates, unable to find jobs suitable to their degrees, have ended up toiling away at places like Starbucks.

Starbucks 'Race' Campaign Makes the Company a National Laughingstock.  Has it ever occurred to these soft-headed, guilt-ridden do-gooders that maybe, just maybe, we've been having a "conversation about race" for half a century and, after electing Barack Hussein Obama twice, America is not in the mood for another one?  The fact that the campaign was widely mocked on Twitter and elsewhere was, in fact, a healthy sign that Americans simply don't want to be lectured to on the subject anymore, especially by some barista armed with corporate talking points.

Whose idea was this, and why does (s)he still have a job?
Starbucks Ends Conversation Starters on Race.  The initiative, which began last week, was mocked with such vehemence on social media that the company's senior vice president for global communications deleted his Twitter account because, as he wrote on Medium, he felt "personally attacked in a cascade of negativity."  Some critics said that Starbucks might look first to its own executive team, which they suggested was considerably less diverse than lower-paid staff.  Others felt that a coffee company should not foist such discussions on customers.



A few words about the Black Panthers

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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.

Update:
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."

The Editor says...
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.

The Editor says...
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."

The Editor says...
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."

Update:
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.
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.




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