The Other McCain

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

Arkansas School Suspends Teacher for Gay-Rights Activism … No, Wait …

One can easily imagine the outrage of progressives if a gay teacher were subjected to disciplinary action for his political beliefs, but that’s not what happened in Star City, Arkansas: Star City School District teacher Philip Holthoff has been suspended with pay and under investigation by the district Friday after he allegedly made racist comments […]

It’s 2014: Why Aren’t You Racist Yet?

So, apparently, this was The Week When Everybody Became Officially Racist. First it was Cliven Bundy, and now L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling has been caught on audio saying racist — RAAAAACIST! — stuff to his hot young girlfriend, who just happens to be half-black and half-Mexican. Rich elderly white guy is OK with dating […]

Let’s Condemn All the Sexist, Racist, Homophobic Heroes of American History

One of the joys of being an independent blogger is that you don’t have to pay attention to anything that doesn’t interest you, or about which you have nothing helpful to say. At least 90% of what Fox News and talk radio spend their time blabbering about falls into that category for me. It’s not […]

Scalia Nails It Again

James Taranto on yesterday’s Supreme Court decision upholding Michigan’s ban on discriminatory quotas in university admissions: The six justices who voted to reverse the Sixth Circuit and let the Michigan amendment stand split 3-2-1 on the grounds for doing so. The result is a clear outcome but a doctrinal muddle. We thought it would be […]

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‚Äôs 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 […]

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