The Other McCain

"One should either write ruthlessly what one believes to be the truth, or else shut up." — Arthur Koestler

The Mirage of Integration

It was Dick Gregory, I believe, who defined “integration” as the period of time between when the first black family moves into a neighborhood and the last white family moves out. The recent report that New York City’s schools are the most segregated in the country might be seen as confirmation of that cynical jest. […]

The Liberal Race-Mongering Derby

About three weeks ago, I briefly took notice of a debate between liberals Jonathan Chait and Ta-Nehisi Coates about the “correct” view on race relations. Ann Althouse notices that the debate has continued, and has been recapped by Clare Sostanovich. Let me add two cents: Back in the 1990s, when some piece of legislation was […]

Fake Hate Scandal: ‘University Policy’ Protects Racist Hoax Perpetrator

A student at Michigan’s Grand Valley State University — apparently a black female — decided to “celebrate” Black History Month by writing racial slurs on her own dorm-room door. This led to the predictable recriminations, with an “emergency meeting” on campus “hosted . . . by the university’s chapter of the NAACP.” These hate hoaxes […]

My Brother Shut Down Atlanta?

Cosmic fate: My brother Kirby was trapped on I-285 during the big weather-induced disaster in Atlanta. He had to get his driver’s license renewed, which required him to go to the Department of Vital Records — on the east side of town near Buford Highway — to get a copy of his birth certificate. He […]

So, Justine Finally Landed …

Love this http://t.co/18BHgS8pZG #HasJustineLandedYet — Evey (@pertaub) December 22, 2013 The unfortunate Justine Sacco, whose Friday tweet inspired the hashtag #HasJustineLandedYet, went into full grovel mode: Today Sacco spoke to ABC News, saying, “My greatest concern was this statement reach South Africa first.” After sending her statement to South African newspaper The Star, Sacco shared […]

Lunenburg, Massachusetts: Mother Suspected in Fake Racism Hoax?

A supposed hate crime that made big news in Massachusetts now appears to have been a hoax — but still, perhaps, a crime: The investigation into who spray painted a home with racist graffiti last month has turned toward the woman who lives there. Police said on Wednesday that Andrea Brazier is now considered a […]

It’s Not Your Help to Give

Nothing so infuriates me as when a person, entrusted with authority by an institution, becomes so arrogant as to imagine that the authority they wield — the perks of their office, their power to reward or punish others — is their own personal possession. Anyone who has ever worked in a large organization knows the […]

Is This a Hate Crime? White Soldier Stabbed to Death in Washington State

Army Spec. Tevin Geike was about to finish his three-year hitch. Friends and family had gathered for a party Friday at a hotel in Lakewood, Washington, near Joint Base Lewis-McChord. About 2:30 a.m. Saturday, Geike and two of his Army buddies were walking along the highway “when a group of black men drove by and […]

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