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Glenn Loury talks with John McWhorter about his adventure in Tucker Carlson land.

 McWhorter didn't think Loury should dignify Carlson with his presence, but Loury thought he should go on the show — "Tucker Carlson Today" (paywalled here) — to reach Carlson's audience. He was wary that Carlson might try to use him as a tool but felt he could defend against that, and in the end Carlson was actually a good listener. Carlson interviewed him the way Oprah would, Loury says.The conversation between McWhorter and Loury develops into a question I've been interested in for a long t...
Tags: Law, United States, Wisconsin, Oprah, Tucker Carlson, Carlson, John McWhorter, Race Consciousness, Ann Althouse, Whiteness, McWhorter, Loury, Glenn Loury, Critical Race Theory, Tucker Carlson Today

"Can’t you just wait a while and leave it alone?" says Rita Moreno, defending Lin-Manuel Miranda who is criticized for not casting dark-skinned Hispanic people in his new movie.

So now Rita Moreno is trending on Twitter, with endless denouncements.  I love Rita Moreno but this is the opposite of it. We have had a century of movie roles being reserved for the lightest skinned Latino, Black & Asian ppl. This is not breaking new ground & there is nothing for dark skinned ppl to be waiting for— DEFUND & ABOLISH POLICE, REFUND OUR COMMUNITIES (@BreeNewsome) June 16, 2021 A sampling of anti-Moreno tweets: "'Can’t you just wait a while…' EXCUSE ME?? ...
Tags: Law, Rita Moreno, Lin Manuel Miranda, Race Consciousness, Ann Althouse, Race And Pop Culture, Rita Moreno Yes Lin Manuel, Rita Blanquita Rita Moreno

"I can hear the hurt and frustration over colorism, of feeling still unseen in the feedback. I hear that without sufficient dark-skinned Afro-Latino representation, the work feels extractive..."

".... of the community we wanted so much to represent with pride and joy. In trying to paint a mosaic of this community, we fell short. I’m truly sorry. I’m learning from the feedback, I thank you for raising it, and I’m listening.” Tweets Lin-Manuel Miranda, quoted in "Lin-Manuel Miranda Addresses Lack of Afro-Latino Representation in ‘In the Heights’: ‘We Fell Short’" (Variety). Here's the criticism that caused him to go straight to apology mode: DAMN DAMN DAMN THIS IS PAINFUL
Tags: Law, NYC, New York City, Rap, Broadway, Eminem, Miranda, Rotten Tomatoes, Dominican Republic, Washington Heights, Lin Manuel Miranda, Chu, Jon M. Chu, Porgy, Race Consciousness, Ann Althouse

"To say that fatphobia is not connected to anti-Blackism is to not understand the deep-rooted history between the two."

"During the late seventeenth century, body type was used as a marker for racial categorization. Scientific racism led to the attribution of other signifiers, besides skin color, to justify the horrendous treatment of the enslaved. Body size became way to dehumanize and demonize Black people. The robust figures of Black women’s became associated with immorality, laziness, and lack of self-control— painting a stark contrast with the 'rationality' and 'refinement' of Europeans. Thinness became asso...
Tags: Law, Fat, Pacific Islander, Ann Althouse, Black influencers, Race-consciousness

"A person with very severe prosopagnosia may be unable to recognize his spouse, or to pick out his own child in a group of people."

"Jane Goodall also has a certain degree of prosopagnosia. Her problems extend to recognizing chimpanzees as well as people—thus, she says, she is often unable to distinguish individual chimps by their faces. Once she knows a particular chimp well, she ceases to have difficulties; similarly, she has no problem with family and friends. But, she says, 'I have huge problems with people with "average" faces. . . . I have to search for a mole or something. I find it very embarrassing! I can be all day...
Tags: Law, Disability, Jane Goodall, Oliver Sacks, Race Consciousness, Ann Althouse

"Too much of the discourse on race is a dry, bland regurgitation of new vocabulary words with no work in the unconscious. And, if you want to hit the unconscious, you will have to feel real negative feelings."

"My speaking metaphorically about my own anger was a method for people to reflect on negative feelings. To normalize negative feelings. Because if you don’t, it will turn into a violent action.... Something is emotionally dangerous about opening up a conversation about race.... No one wants to look at their actions or face their own negative feelings about what they are doing. The best way to control the narrative is to focus on me, and make me the problem, which is what I stated occurs in the d...
Tags: Psychology, Law, Yale, The New York Times, Race Consciousness, Ann Althouse, Bari Weiss, Aruna Khilanani, Khilanani

"An acquaintance or colleague mistakes you for another person with the same hairdo or a similar name. But for people of Asian descent..."

"... it happens without question when there are a few other Asians in the office, even when they look and sound nothing alike.... There’s even a term for it: the interchangeable Asian.... [S]cholars of sociology, psychology and Asian American history said there was something serious — and damaging — behind this phenomenon of casual Asian-face blindness that borders on cavalier. Some pointed to unconscious biases that make office workers less inclined to remember the names and faces of Asian coll...
Tags: Law, Labor, Looks, Race Consciousness, Ann Althouse

"White women love dinner parties more than anything. It’s their safe space to talk about how much they hate their husbands, how their kids are super annoying..."

"... how crazy busy they are, the latest school auction they’re raising money for. You turn the place where they typically unleash their entire sea of whiteness into somewhere where you can actually have safe, not shameful, conversations around racism.... They start recognising how they’ve been cocooned in whiteness... White people have perfected their performance. We’re watching 'White Women, the Musical' playing to a shut-down Broadway every night... They have the language. They have lots of ...
Tags: Crying, Law, Broadway, Rao, Race Consciousness, Ann Althouse, Whiteness, Saira Rao, America London, Regina -RSB- Jackson

"In which academic discipline is this circular, naive, deer-caught-in-the-headlights response to a basic and urgent question considered insightful or excellent?"

In which academic discipline is this circular, naive, deer-caught-in-the-headlights response to a basic and urgent question considered insightful or excellent?A national culture exempting this (which, sadly, is typical of him) from judgment is unintentionally racist itself.— John McWhorter (@JohnHMcWhorter) June 1, 2021 [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Language, John McWhorter, Race Consciousness, Ann Althouse, Ibram X. Kendi

"The Great Outdoors Was Made for White People."

A great headline at The Nation... but is it deadly serious? Actually, yes:Through military and legislative intervention, such as the Mariposa Battalion’s violent raid of the village of Ahwahneechee in 1851, which expelled the remaining Indigenous people from Yosemite, these places were cultivated primarily for white people. Early conservationists like Bowles, or the venerated John Muir or Madison Grant (who wrote one of the foundational texts of the American eugenics movement, The Passing of the...
Tags: Yosemite, Law, History, United States, John Muir, White People, Bowles, Race Consciousness, Ann Althouse, Madison Grant, Ahwahneechee, Mariposa Battalion

"Microaggressions at the office can make remote work even more appealing/Extended remote work during the pandemic has highlighted how much energy people of color, women, and people with disabilities expend dealing with microaggressions in the office."

A headline at WaPo. From the text: In a Twitter discussion on office microaggressions, people said working at home has largely spared them from having to deal with such incidents as:having colleagues touch their hair being mistaken for another colleague of the same race (a problem solved by having names displayed in video meetings) overhearing insensitive commentary on or being pressured to discuss traumatizing news events such as racist violence or coronavirus outbreaks in their home country fi...
Tags: Law, Labor, Feminism, White Supremacy, Race Consciousness, Ann Althouse, Microagressions, Post-coronavirus Culture

Zoom is ruining conversation because it's much harder to interrupt.

I'm reading "How the Zoom era has ruined conversation." (WaPo) Maybe you think it's better to disempower the interrupters. If so, you need to hear from those who understand the importance of overlapping conversation — collaborative conversation: Suppose someone is speaking and another person, eager to express agreement, chimes in at the end of their sentence. Over Zoom, this tends to derail the discussion or narrative.... Then there’s the turn-waiting....[S]ociolinguist Deborah Tannen... descri...
Tags: Technology, Law, California, Etiquette, Conversation, Thomas, WaPo, Clarence Thomas, Race Consciousness, Ann Althouse, Deborah Tannen

"Justice Clarence Thomas, who once went a decade without asking a question from the Supreme Court bench, is about to complete a term in which he was an active participant in every single argument...."

"The justices now ask questions one at a time, in order of seniority. Justice Thomas, who joined the court in 1991, goes second, right after Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., asking probing questions in his distinctive baritone....  If Justice Thomas’s questions differed from those of his colleagues, it was in their courtesy. He almost never interrupted lawyers, though he asked pointed follow-up questions if there was time left. Some of his most memorable comments were colorful asides. Over...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Louisiana, Thomas, Adam Liptak, Clarence Thomas, John G Roberts Jr, Unsaid Things, Race Consciousness, Ann Althouse, Georgetown 's Supreme Court Institute, Irv Gornstein

"Banning menthol cigarettes is a racial justice issue."

Says a headline to an editorial in the L.A. Times, and I haven't read the text yet, but I don't know which way it's a racial justice issue.I know black people who smoke are more likely than white people to prefer menthol cigarettes, and that previous efforts to ban flavored tobacco products have made an exception for the flavor menthol. They won't just ban all tobacco products, but they could attack what was purportedly aimed at children — flavored-added things. But they made an exception for th...
Tags: Smoking, Law, Advertising, Aclu, Fda, Times, American Civil Liberties Union, U S Health and Human Services, Xavier Becerra, Race Consciousness, Ann Althouse, Janet Woodcock, American Tobacco Control Leadership Council

Is there an "adultification bias" that "uniquely plagues Black girls"?

I'm reading "The Columbus mayor called Ma’Khia Bryant a ‘young woman.’ Here’s why people are angry. Some said it exemplified ‘adultification bias’ against the Black 16-year-old girl who was fatally shot by police" (The Lily/WaPo): Earlier that night, Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther (D) took to Twitter to share news of the killing, calling Ma’Khia a “young woman.” Replies quickly poured in, noting that Ma’Khia was a child — not an adult. At the news conference a few hours later, Ginther acknowledge...
Tags: Crime, Mississippi, Supreme Court, Law, Police, Court, Journalism, Teenagers, Abortion, Ohio, Bill, Columbus, Jim Crow, Black, Jones, Montgomery

"Whenever the national media reports on a black person killed by cops, we must ask ourselves 'Would a white cop not have done that if the person were white?'"

"Because: we are taught that white (and even non-white) cops ice black people (usually men) out of racism. It’s possibly subconscious, but in the heat of the moment, they revert animalistically to their white supremacist assumption of black animality and pull that trigger.... Black people are 2.5 times more likely to be killed by cops, and exactly 2.5 times more likely to be poor, and data shows that poverty makes you more likely to encounter the cops, as even intuition confirms. This is why som...
Tags: Murder, Law, Washington Post, Police, Journalism, Poverty, John McWhorter, Race Consciousness, Ann Althouse, Daunte Wright

Bob Ross, resurrected to paint a Mountain Dew ad, is welcome even as it obstructs the "Repo Man" clip I wanted to find.

For once, I am not annoyed — I am the opposite of annoyed — by the ad YouTube served up in front of the video I wanted to watch:   Well, that's just great. Good to know the beloved dead man is refreshed. There is a Bible verse about tending to the thirst of a dead man: "And he cried and said, 'Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.'" Yet no one pictures Bob Ross in hell. It is more l...
Tags: Movies, Law, Youtube, Police, Soda, Driving, Black, Lazarus, Abraham, Bob Ross, Mixon, Race Consciousness, Ann Althouse, Ms Mixon

"Azaria, who is White..."

Is he?I'm trying to read the WaPo article, "Hank Azaria apologizes for playing Apu on ‘The Simpsons’ for three decades." I've already blogged about this apology, so I'm not rehashing that. I just want to focus on the unsupported assertion that Azaria "is White." If Azaria is White, maybe Apu is also White. The question whether people from India are white has been litigated in the United States. From Wikipedia's article "Racial classification of Indian Americans":  Throughout much of the early 2...
Tags: Supreme Court, Greece, Law, Wikipedia, India, New York City, Immigration, US, America, Spain, United States, Aclu, Queens, Jack, The Simpsons, White

"If they are right, if that is what it takes to get grocery stores, that says a lot about those corporations think of certain communities. It’s a sad commentary on those corporations."

Said Del. Dereck E. Davis (D-Prince George’s), quoted in "In a bid to bring grocers to food deserts, Prince George’s turns to alcohol sales" (WaPo). The issue is whether to let grocery stores sell beer and wine. They'd be more likely to open if they can sell beer and wine, and there are places in the state (Maryland) where there aren't enough grocery stores, and that's detrimental to the health of the poorer people who live there. But there's also the idea that beer and wine are bad for people (...
Tags: Maryland, Shopping, Law, Economics, Drinking, Davis, George, WaPo, Race Consciousness, Ann Althouse, Said Del Dereck E Davis D Prince George

"No mention of the perps race in the headline. That is weirdly the most obvious clue to their race nowadays. #JouralismDiesInWokeness."

Says one of the commenters on the Washington Post article "New York authorities file hate-crime charges in attack on Asian American woman." There isn't even an attacker in the headline. The only human beings in the headline are the "authorities" and the "Asian American woman." The evildoer disappears. There's no attacker, only an "attack." But if there are hate crime charges, then the human mind is all important. "Attack" stresses the outward action. "Hate" requires a hater. There is a shadow of...
Tags: Headlines, New York, Crime, Law, Washington Post, Manhattan, Midtown, Hate, Elliot, WaPo, Cyrus Vance Jr, Race Consciousness, Ann Althouse, Seen And Unseen, Vilma Kari

"The man accused of beating an Asian American woman during a broad-daylight hate-crime attack in New York City on Monday was on lifetime parole for murdering his mother..."

"... years earlier in front of his 5-year-old sister, police and sources told Fox News. Brandon Elliot, 38, was arrested shortly after 1 a.m. Wednesday in Manhattan. He has been charged with attempted assault as a hate crime, assault as a hate crime, assault and attempted assault, police said Wednesday. Around 11:40 a.m. Monday, Elliot is said to have attacked a 65-year-old woman on West 43rd Street between Eighth and Ninth avenues in Manhattan while she was on her way to church..  A startling ...
Tags: Crime, Law, New York City, Manhattan, Fox News, Elliot, Race Consciousness, Ann Althouse, Fox News Brandon Elliot

"Black nerds unsettle the myth of a monolithic Blackness."

"In an American imagination that has historically stereotyped Black people as alternately ignorant and emotional or sexualized and cool, the nerd — smart and cerebral, unsexy and decidedly uncool — creates cognitive dissonance. Not only do Black nerds confound racist stereotypes, they also pierce the protective orthodoxy of Blackness passed down in the United States across generations. Under slavery and Jim Crow, Black people maintaining — or at least projecting — unity proved a necessary protec...
Tags: Law, America, United States, Nerds, Black, Adam Bradley, Race Consciousness, Ann Althouse, Race And Pop Culture, Jim Crow Black

Why do white people want to use the N-word?

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Tags: Law, Race Consciousness, Ann Althouse, Insults, Kendon Fahr

"Accompanying one original piece on the known facts, the NYT ran nine — nine! — separate stories about the incident as part of the narrative that this was an anti-Asian hate crime..."

"... fueled by white supremacy and/or misogyny. Not to be outdone, the WaPo ran sixteen separate stories on the incident as an anti-Asian white supremacist hate crime. Sixteen! One story for the facts; sixteen stories on how critical race theory would interpret the event regardless of the facts. For good measure, one of their columnists denounced reporting of law enforcement’s version of events in the newspaper, because it distracted attention from the 'real' motives. Today, the NYT ran yet anot...
Tags: Murder, Law, Journalism, Atlanta, Harvard, Affirmative Action, Trump, WaPo, Harvard College, Andrew Sullivan, Race Consciousness, Ann Althouse, Critical Race Theory, Andrew Sullivan Substack Sullivan, Supreme Court Students for Fair Admissions Inc

"[N]ot all massage businesses provide sexual services... To suggest as much, as the suspect in the Atlanta area attacks did, is a 'racist assumption.... It ties specifically to the fetishization of Asian woman'...."

According to Esther Kao, "an organizer with Red Canary Song, a New York-based collective of Asian and Asian American advocates for massage parlor workers and sex workers," quoted in "Fetishized, sexualized and marginalized, Asian women are uniquely vulnerable to violence" (CNN). From the article:  The way their race intersects with their gender makes Asian and Asian American women uniquely vulnerable to violence, said Sung Yeon Choimorrow, executive director of the non-profit advocacy group Na...
Tags: New York, Murder, Law, Prostitution, Immigration, US, Atlanta, KAO, Kuo, Race Consciousness, Ann Althouse, Esther Kao, Red Canary Song, Sung Yeon Choimorrow, National Asian Pacific American Women, Rachel Kuo

"Asian-Americans are AMERICANS/They have nothing to do with a repressive Communist Party or with a virus that originated 7000 miles away on the other side of the world/Anyone without enough common sense to understand that is an idiot."

Tweeted Marco Rubio yesterday. I'm reading that quoted in a WaPo article: "Democrats link Atlanta massacre to anti-Asian rhetoric during pandemic." From the article: Authorities investigating the spasm of violence in Georgia say early signs pointed to a disturbed suspect who claimed he was a sex addict and who saw the spas as “a source of temptation that needed to be eliminated.” Authorities said it was too early to know whether the killings were also racially motivated. But many advocates and D...
Tags: Murder, Law, China, Atlanta, Georgia, Intelligence, United States, Language, Stupid, Marco Rubio, Nissan, Donald Trump, Graffiti, Wuhan, Trump, Communist Party

"Suddenly, Robinson’s daughter went from being an outlier to finding herself in a six-student pod where most of the children were mixed-race, like her."

"The teacher Young had hired to run the pod, Teenisha Toussant, a former teaching assistant at P.S. 41, happened to be Black, too. Robinson said that her daughter seemed to notice the difference. 'I think, for her, it was, like, "Oh, it’s not so strange to have biracial parents."' Another student in the pod told Toussant, 'This is my first time not being the only brown person in my class and having a brown teacher. It makes me happy.' As for the parents, Robinson said, the pod had created a 'tem...
Tags: Law, Young, West Village, Robinson, Race And Education, Race Consciousness, Ann Althouse, Toussant, Post-coronavirus Culture, Teenisha Toussant, Katrina Robinson

"The group, whose total membership is unknown but believed to be in the thousands, has never articulated a specific ideology or dogma...."

From (NYT).[F]ederal law enforcement officials said, no evidence emerged that the Proud Boys had plotted murders, kidnappings, gun crimes or — apart from Jan. 6 — insurrection. Yet the Proud Boys’ belligerence fit the definition of terrorism, other officials said: unlawful violence and intimidation for political aims. Members raised money to travel across state lines to dozens of rallies with the intent of street fighting.... “If the Proud Boys was not a white male chauvinist club but a Black...
Tags: Law, Police, Terrorism, Homeland Security, Race Consciousness, Ann Althouse, Proud Boys, Elizabeth -RSB- Neumann

"'Being "cancel-adjacent" is exhausting'.... It’s especially enervating, she said, when you’re adjacent to people being canceled..."

"... for their coverage of other people who have been canceled. 'There is a word for this, but I’m not sure what it is. "Irony" is insufficient. If we cancel everyone... who will be left?'"I think that stands on its own ripped out of context. Good luck reading the complicated context (and that's assuming you can get into the NYT): I couldn't untangle the story. I was almost interested enough, but ultimately the complexity outweighed the hope of enlightenment. Was that also the problem with the ...
Tags: Podcasts, Law, WaPo, Race Consciousness, Ann Althouse, Cancel Culture

What is FAIR?

Because I follow the Twitter feed of the erstwhile NYT columnist Bari Weiss, I noticed that there's a new group that calls itself FAIR — The Foundation Against Intolerance and Racism. Here's their video:  That's on such a high level of abstraction that it hard to understand what's really going on there. The assumption is that you'll recognize at least some of the names/faces and trust their authority. They seem to be banding together as a correction to the excesses of social-justice activist...
Tags: Law, Censorship, Copyright, Manhattan, Google News, Martin Luther King Jr, Caricatures, Ny Post, Fair, Union Square, Seuss, The Foundation, Barnes Noble, Race Consciousness, Ann Althouse, Dr. Seuss