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"The episode... signaled the repudiation of an honored and admired intellectual archetype – the curmudgeon."

"I'm not a close friend, but, as a book writer and former critic myself, I've encountered [Carlin] Romano over the years, and I'd describe him as something of a throwback to an earlier era, when a crusty, Socratic, erudite style carried with it a certain charm. But that's one of the ways Romano seems no longer to fit in. One critics circle board member, Columbia University professor John McWhorter, an African American, agreed with him on the substance of the anti-racism pledge, but told the webs...
Tags: Law, Columbia University, Black Lives Matter, Free Speech, Carlin, Carl Jung, Romano, John McWhorter, Jung, Richard Bernstein, Race Consciousness, Ann Althouse, Carlin Romano, McWhorter, National Book Critics Circle, Cancel Culture

How many comments do I need to read on this WaPo article about the professor who pretended to be black before the subject becomes Trump?

I'm reading "GWU plans to replace Jessica Krug, the professor who admitted to falsely claiming Black identity," and I've got the comments section sorted in order of up votes.I bet the first comment makes it about Trump. What do you think? Want to do a bet with me? Well, if you had, I would have won, because the most up-voted comment is: "Weird. Be who you are people. If you're a failed businessman, grifter and reality-show host, don't try to be president. For example."I remember when people sai...
Tags: Law, Trump, WaPo, GWU, Race And Education, Race Consciousness, Ann Althouse, Trump derangement syndrome, Jessica Krug

"So what does [Andrew] Sullivan believe about race? ... Mr. Sullivan said he was frustrated by the most extreme claims that biology has no connection to our lives."

"He believes, for instance, that Freudian theories that early childhood may push people toward homosexuality could have some merit, combined with genetics. 'Everything is environmental for the left except gays, where it’s totally genetic; and everything is genetic for the right, except for gays,' he said sarcastically. I tried out my most charitable interpretation of his view on race and I.Q.... that he is most frustrated by the notion that you can’t talk about the influence of biology and genet...
Tags: Law, Ben Smith, Politics And Science, Sullivan, Andrew Sullivan, Race Consciousness, Ann Althouse, Andrew -RSB- Sullivan

"As I was riding through here, through the city, I noticed a lot of damage. It doesn’t reflect my son or my family."

"If Jacob knew what was going on as far as that goes, the violence and the destruction, he would be very unpleased. So, I really asking and encouraging everyone in Wisconsin and abroad to take a moment and examine your hearts. Citizens, police officers, fireman, clergy, politicians, do Jacob justice on this level and examine your hearts. We need healing. As I pray for my son’s healing physically, emotionally, and spiritually, I also have been praying even before this for the healing of our count...
Tags: Law, Love, Religion, America, United States, Wisconsin, Prayer, Jacob, Race Consciousness, Ann Althouse, Julia Jackson, Jacob Blake

"This establishment is not black-owned, but you're stealing black culture... Trap Tea... You're thieves, Asian people, stealing black culture, once again...."

"You’re thieves! Asian people stealing black culture once again.” A strong, black Muslim woman went inside the new Trap Tea business in Aurora, Colo. on Friday and confronted the staff. A black customer tries to defend the business & is called a racial slur by her. — Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) August 23, 2020 I had to look up "trap" in the Urban Dictionary. I see the top-voted definition is a type of anime character, but there's also a secondary meaning, a place where dru...
Tags: Tea, Law, Restaurants, Viral, Logos, Slang, Aurora Colo, Race Consciousness, Ann Althouse, Rukus, Insults, Andy Ngô

"I’ve been using 'Black' and 'African-American' somewhat interchangeably here. But there’s a good case to be made that this is a mistake..."

"... that 'Black' denotes a racial category and is inclusive of Americans throughout the African diaspora, while 'African-American' refers to national origins, specifically descendants of American slaves. But some Black Americans who are not descendants of slaves claim the term 'African-American,' and some who are descendants do not. And 'Black' also tends to be used in reference to the cultural heritage of Americans of African descent. This column is about 'blackness' as a category and a cultur...
Tags: Law, United States, Black, Kamala Harris, HARRIS, Mark Levin, Levin, Jamelle Bouie, Race Consciousness, Ann Althouse, Racial Politics, Bouie, Kamala -RSB- Harris, From Black Like Kamala Republican

"On social media, Indian politicians and commentators also exulted in the selection of Harris."

"The fact that someone of Indian origin could be 'a proverbial heartbeat away from the presidency is thrilling,' wrote Shashi Tharoor, a politician with the opposition Congress Party. Ram Madhav, a senior official in India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, saluted the history-making nature of the pick.... In Tamil Nadu, the south Indian state where Harris’s mother grew up, there was special pride. Kanimozhi Karunanidhi, a local politician, praised the 'inclusiveness' of the choice and wished Harr...
Tags: Law, India, Jamaica, Los Angeles Times, Kamala Harris, Tamil Nadu, HARRIS, Bharatiya Janata Party, Shashi Tharoor, Race Consciousness, Ann Althouse, Shyamala Gopalan, Kanimozhi Karunanidhi, Congress Party Ram Madhav

"I know that I am dealing with some form of low-grade depression. Not just because of the quarantine, but because of the racial strife..."

"... and just seeing this administration, watching the hypocrisy of it, day in and day out, is dispiriting.... I have to say, that waking up to the news, waking up to how this administration has or has not responded, waking up to, yet another, story of a Black man or a Black person somehow being dehumanised, or hurt or killed, or, falsely accused of something, it is exhausting. And, and it, it has led to a weight, that I haven’t felt in my life, in, in a while.... Barack’s in his office, making ...
Tags: Psychology, Games, Law, Puzzles, Michelle Obama, Van Gogh, Barack, Edward Gorey, William Morris, Obamas, Race Consciousness, Ann Althouse, Obama the ex-President, Michelle O, Malia and Sasha

I don't agree that it takes a threat to motivate Google to do this.

Google has enabled a system for identifying “black owned” businesses. This can not be morally or rationally defended. It is obviously a response to a credible threat.— Bret Weinstein (@BretWeinstein) August 2, 2020 [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Google, Law, Logos, Race Consciousness, Ann Althouse, Bret Weinstein

Systemic racism at TikTok?

My TikTok isn't being promoted to the top of people's feeds either. This is outrageous. I mean, I don't even have one, but why am I not getting more attention. It's obviously systemic prejudice against me.— James Lindsay, if that's my real name (@ConceptualJames) July 31, 2020 Problems with TikTok may be so yesterday, because today is the day Trump said he was banning TikTok. Interesting to see him getting ahead of The Woke, who were coming for TikTok...
Tags: Law, Steven Pinker, Trump, Andrew Sullivan, Race Consciousness, Ann Althouse, Race And Pop Culture, James Lindsay, Tiktok, James Lindsay He, Pluckrose Lindsay

Do white women command special care? — I wondered as I got snagged on Jonathan Turley's typo.

I'm reading Turley's blog post about the 2 Madison women who were arrested in the attack on state senator Tim Carpenter.What is interesting is that the punitive measures are not just criminal charges against the women. [Samantha R. Hamer, 26] is particularly likely to suffer immediate employment consequences as a teacher. She is a specialist in helping kids with “social-emotional needs” and “behavioral issues.”... According to reports, Hamer works as a licensed social worker for the Mount Horeb...
Tags: Psychology, Crime, Law, Empathy, Protests, Black Lives Matter, Madison, Carpenter, White Privilege, Turley, Jonathan Turley, Hamer, TYPO, Race Consciousness, Ann Althouse, Tim Carpenter

"Whose story is being told with this monument? The hierarchy is very evident. White commander out front; Black soldiers in the background. It’s the first thing you see...."

"It’s not enough to just see the piece. You have to go deeper. There’s so much not told, but the monument is so moving that it can lead you to those things, if you’re curious."Said L’Merchie Frazier, the education director at the nearby Museum of African American History in Boston, quoted in "Black soldiers monument faces scrutiny amid racial reckoning/Amid the national reckoning on racism, an unlikely monument is facing scrutiny: a Boston memorial to a famed Civil War unit made up of Black sold...
Tags: New York, Law, Boston, Sculpture, American Museum of Natural History, Civil War, Abraham Lincoln, Floyd, Shaw, Theodore Roosevelt, Faneuil Hall, Crispus Attucks, Massachusetts Statehouse, Race Consciousness, Ann Althouse, Kevin Peterson

"I’m careful [not] to over-acknowledge people just reading books by black people....I don’t think it should be a revolutionary act. It’s something people should have been doing for a long time."

Said Jazzi McGilbert, owner of Reparations Club in Los Angeles, quoted in "Demand for anti-racist literature is up/These black bookstore owners hope it lasts/Library and book sales data show how interest in anti-racistand social justice titles exploded after George Floyd’s death" (WaPo).I love the word "over-acknowledge."The Reparations Club is a store in L.A. Here's its website and here's a NYT article about it, "Buying Black, Rebooted/In the newest iteration of the Buy Black movement, entrepr...
Tags: Psychology, Books, Shopping, Law, Los Angeles, Commerce, Reparations, Race Consciousness, Ann Althouse, Buy Black, George Floyd, Jazzi McGilbert, Reparations Club, The Reparations Club

"In one of Kinzler’s studies, kindergartners were shown a clip of a white girl speaking English and then clips of two adults, one a Francophone white woman and..."

"... the other an Anglophone Black one. The children actually supposed that the white girl would grow up to be the Black woman, so deep-seated was their sense of language as marking identity. Fourth graders, on the other hand, had internalized race as the deciding factor.... Amid our discussions of racism, sexism and even classism, we don’t spend much time thinking about the ways we can be biased when it comes to how people speak. It is, however, one of the last prejudices permissible in polite ...
Tags: Law, Language, Speaking, John McWhorter, Race Consciousness, Ann Althouse, Kinzler, Katherine D Kinzler

"When I compare the cultural, intellectual and historical heft of the three categories, 'Black' comes out well ahead of 'white' and 'brown.'"

"We have whole libraries of books and articles about 'Blackness,' world-beating traditions of music and literature, even entire academic departments 30 to 50 years old specializing in African American/black studies. Compared with blackness, whiteness and brownness are severely under-theorized.... [And] I considered the asymmetry of racial identities of blackness and whiteness — and how they function differently in American history and culture. These two identities don’t simply mirror each other ...
Tags: Law, White, Trump, Racists, Ku Klux Klansmen, Du Bois, Race Consciousness, Ann Althouse, Nell Irvin, Whiteness, W.E.B. Du Bois

"The new anti-racism has a confessional, religious energy that the secular meritocracy has always lacked."

"But there is also something important about its more radical and even ridiculous elements — like the weird business that increasingly shows up in official documents, from the New York Public Schools or the Smithsonian, describing things like 'perfectionism' or 'worship of the written word' or 'emphasis on the scientific method' or 'delayed gratification' as features of a toxic whiteness. Imagine yourself as a relatively privileged white person exhausted by meritocracy — an overworked student or...
Tags: Law, Careers, Smithsonian, Karl Marx, Lewis Carroll, Alice, Racists, Ross Douthat, Race Consciousness, Ann Althouse, Robin DiAngelo, Hippies, New York Public Schools

"It’s the diet version of the N-word, but as an African-American man, it’s something I deal with pretty frequently."

"If there’s a takeaway from the conversation, it is that Roger Stone gave an unvarnished look into what is in the heart of many Americans today."Said Morris W. O’Kelly (of radio's "Mo’Kelly Show"), quoted in "Roger Stone Uses Racial Slur on Radio Show/Mr. Stone, while being questioned about the commutation of his sentence by President Trump, used a racial slur in referring to his interviewer, who is Black" (NYT).The "diet version of the N-word" is "Negro," and Stone, in the middle of talking to ...
Tags: Law, Barack Obama, Radio, Harry Reid, Naacp, Trump, Racists, Kelly, Roger Stone, Reid, Stone, Negro, Race Consciousness, Ann Althouse, Insults, Racial Politics

"Sooner or later you’re going to encounter these anti-American ideas about addressing racism in your workplace, on kids’ homework, or in the faculty lounge..."

"... and you can’t be fragile when confronting it. You need to have a base of knowledge about race in America that demonstrates an understanding of the enormity of the country’s sins, as well as demonstrating you’ve made an effort to inform yourself about overcoming them. You need to understand that your opponents might be employing manipulative logic to make their arguments – arguments that are fast becoming so pervasive that many people making them might readily revise their opinions once you ...
Tags: Psychology, Law, Labor, America, Laziness, Paradox, Race Consciousness, Ann Althouse, Robin DiAngelo, Mark Hemingway

John McWhorter says that "White Fragility" is "actually a racist tract" that "diminishes Black people in the name of dignifying us. "

I'm reading "The Dehumanizing Condescension of White Fragility/The popular book aims to combat racism but talks down to Black people" (The Atlantic). [Robin DiAngelo] operates from the now-familiar concern with white privilege.... To atone for this original sin, she is devoted to endlessly exploring, acknowledging, and seeking to undo whites’ “complicity with and investment in” racism. To DiAngelo, any failure to do this “work,” as adherents of this paradigm often put it, renders one racist.... ...
Tags: Law, America, Atlantic, Black, John McWhorter, DiAngelo, Race Consciousness, Ann Althouse, Things That Won't Work, Whiteness, Robin DiAngelo, Religion Substitutes

Why did Glenn Loury refuse to sign that "Letter on Justice and Open Debate" published last week in Harper's?

From "The Weekend Interview with Glenn Loury: A Challenger of the Woke 'Company Policy'" (Wall Street Journal):Mr. Loury says he "politely declined" an invitation to sign "A Letter on Justice and Open Debate" published by Harper's on Tuesday. Endorsed by some 150 liberal academics and writers, it denounces President Trump as "a real threat to democracy" before criticizing leftist repression."I declined for two reasons," Mr. Loury says. "First, I'm not 'on the left' and felt no need to signal sol...
Tags: Law, Police, America, Black Lives Matter, Jim Crow, Harper, Trump, Democratic Party, Reparations, Race Consciousness, Ann Althouse, Racial Politics, Loury, Glenn Loury, Woke Company Policy Wall Street Journal

"With the pandemic, there’s not that same sharing of cannabis the way there used to be. There’s the phrase 'puff, puff, pass,' and now it’s 'puff, puff, don’t pass.'"

Said Lauren Gockley, "a classically trained chocolatier... director of edibles at Coda Signature, whose product line includes truffles and 'fruit notes' (fancy weed gummies)," quoted in "You Know What Else Sold Well During the Pandemic? Weed Edibles/Pandemic anxiety and mounting concerns about vaping have helped shift sales of cannabis products" (NYT).“People didn’t know how long this was going to last. ‘Is cannabis going to be unavailable for months?’ So people bought flowers,” [said Alex Levin...
Tags: Law, Marijuana, Earth, New York Times, Drinking, New Jersey, Nyt, Franklin, Race Consciousness, Ann Althouse, Tee Franklin, George Floyd, Lauren Gockley, Coda Signature, Alex Levine

"I guess I understand the compulsion to find somewhere to engage this national conversation... The white people who do this..."

"... don’t realize (or maybe just don’t give a damn) that we’re on different timelines. You learned yesterday what white privilege means? Great! Welcome to 1962. This, however, doesn’t mean I need to engage you about it today. Or tomorrow. Or ever. And most important, maybe I’m out walking, shopping or playing with my children, or out just, I don’t know, staring at a fire hydrant because I want to give myself a break from writing about, from speaking about, from thinking about and from raging ab...
Tags: Law, Relationships, Etiquette, Conversation, Young, Pittsburgh, Don, Damon Young, Race Consciousness, Ann Althouse

In the news — the attack on individualism.

Having created a tag "the attack on individualism" — for reasons stated in the previous post — and gone back to find that subject in my archive, I wanted to look at the present and see how much of this topic was in the current news.Here are a few things I found:1. "Big Data Analytics Shows How America's Individualism Complicates Coronavirus Response" (UVa Today): Painstakingly, and with tremendous amounts of data processed by 97 advanced computers, Jingjing Li, Ting Xu, Natasha Zhang Foutz and B...
Tags: Europe, Law, America, Cnn, Pope Francis, Baseball, Pope, Nuremberg, CBS Sports, University Of Virginia, Donald Trump, Yankees, Hairstyles, Steinbrenner, Li, Nietzsche

That last post finally pushed me over the line to create a tag I've been thinking about for a while...

... "the attack on individualism."The pressure was building after yesterday's post about Seattle's effort to teach its employees about their own "Internalized Racial Superiority," which is "defined by" — among other things — "individualism."What pushed me over the line into new tag creation this morning was a criticism of women who fall into the "trap" of talking about their individual struggle with motherhood. I went back into the archive and added the tag to a few old things:June 19, 2020 — Th...
Tags: South Korea, Guns, Law, North Korea, Korea, Ayn Rand, Karl Marx, Party, Seattle, Orwell, Soviet Union, Tom Wolfe, Clarence Thomas, Ortega, Durkheim, E.J. Dionne

"On the one hand, she’s already paid a steep price. That’s not enough of a deterrent to others? Bringing her more misery just seems like piling on. So if the DA feels the need to pursue charges, he should pursue charges. But he can do that without me."

Said Christian Cooper, setting a fine example, quoted in "Birdwatcher not cooperating with investigation into Central Park ‘Karen’ Amy Cooper."In honor of the kindly, generous birdwatcher, I decided to research what is the most kindly, generous bird. The answer, it seems (from The Cut), is the parrot:A very endearing German study recently found that parrots are capable of selfless acts of kindness. When placed in neighboring cages, researchers found, the birds will pass each other tokens that ca...
Tags: Psychology, Parrot, Law, Birds, Npr, Race Consciousness, Ann Althouse, Amy Cooper, Christian Cooper, the Cooper incident, Good Citizenship, Central Park ` Karen

"The City of Seattle held a racially segregated employee training session aimed at White staffers and instructing them on 'undoing your own whiteness'..."

"... in order to be held accountable by people of color, according to documents obtained by a public records request... According to the documents, the Office of Civil Rights hosted a two-and-a-half-hour 'Training on Internalized Racial Superiority for White People.' In the email invitation to the event, the office asked 'city employees who identify as white to join this training to learn, reflect, challenge ourselves, and build skills and relationships that help us show up more fully as allies ...
Tags: Law, Feminism, Fox News, Seattle, White, Office of Civil Rights, Rationality, Race And Education, Race Consciousness, Ann Althouse, Whiteness

Morning thoughts on the subject of graffiti...

I'm reading the Wikipedia article on the Alexamenos graffito — the "blasphemous graffito" — because we'd been talking about graffiti.That's a rubbing of something that was scratched into a plaster wall in Rome, long enough ago to be possibly the earliest depiction of Jesus. The exact date is unknown, but it's circa 200.The image seems to show a young man worshipping a crucified, donkey-headed figure. The Greek inscription approximately translates to "Alexamenos worships [his] god," indicating th...
Tags: Comedy, Law, Wikipedia, Animals, Rome, Language, Christianity, Nyt, Jesus, Black Lives Matter, Free Speech, Madison, Christ, Corinthians, Carthage, Constantine

"Why We’re Capitalizing Black/The Times has changed its style on the term’s usage to better reflect a shared cultural identity."

The NYT explains its policy change. I assume the answer is: We're doing it because it's something we can do, and we want to do something.It makes me think of the phrase: I wouldn't lift my little finger to help you. By pushing the shift key when typing the "B," they are, at least, lifting their little finger...But are they helping? Are people with this characteristic helped by a gesture that says — or is supposed to say — you have a shared cultural identity with the other people who have the sam...
Tags: Law, Journalism, The Times, Nyt, Times, Racists, Brown, Abrams, Corbett, Lacey, Dean Baquet, Baquet, Du Bois, Race Consciousness, Ann Althouse, Insults

"This Fourth of July holiday is one of the most humbling in our history."

"Even at the height of world wars or the Great Depression, America inspired. But, today, the United States is destroying the moral authority it once had. There will still be fireworks. And the Statue of Liberty still towers over New York Harbor. But it is harder today to convince others that Americans embrace—or practice—the ideals that Lady Liberty represents."Says Robin Wright in "To the World, We’re Now America the Racist and Pitiful" (The New Yorker).I'm surprised to encounter reverence for ...
Tags: Law, America, History, United States, Slavery, Robin Wright, Wright, WaPo, New York Harbor, Frederick Douglass, Douglass, Festivities, Race Consciousness, Ann Althouse, Jonathan Lande

What's wrong with being a warrior... and how is it inconsistent with being a woman?

That's one of the protest murals in downtown Madison. It was photographed by me today, near this familiar corner: I know feminism is so last year, but as I'm getting this racial ideology slammed in my face, I must protest on the ground of feminism. A woman can be a warrior! Why would you bemoan your little girls growing into woman warriors?I remember when young women were fascinated by the book "The Woman Warrior" by Maxine Hong Kingston (1976). Excerpt:After I grew up, I heard the chant of F...
Tags: Photography, Law, Military, Feminism, Murals, Race Consciousness, Ann Althouse, Maxine Hong Kingston, Fa Mu Lan

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