It Makes Sense to Celebrate MLK and Robert E. Lee on the Same Day

It seems bizarre that Martin Luther King, Jr., figurehead of civil rights, and Robert E. Lee, protector of the slave-holding South, should share a celebration day. But that’s the reality for three southern states: Arkansas, Alabama, and Mississippi. Like you, I thought this was at least in bad taste. Asa Hutchinson, the Republic governor of […]

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Does Dog-Whistle Racism Actually Exist?

You’ve probably heard of the GOP’s dog-whistle racism. It refers to any untraceable nod to a voter base’s racial prejudices. It is a political signal of agreement with socially unacceptable or politically incorrect imbalances that is always small or innocent enough to have plausible deniability. Like a dog whistle, it can be heard by the […]

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Domestic Racial Tension and Radical Islam Could Create a Perfect Storm in America

A recent article in the basically useless Daily Mail reported that 66 “ISIS operatives” have been arrested within American borders on suspicion of terrorist activities. The Drudge Report was of course quick to mention that some purported Syrian refugees had been arrested. Thanks, Drudge. But the real surprise here is that most of those arrested, […]

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The Subtle Micro-Aggression and the Ubiquitous Taking of Offense

Being offended is our generation’s version of being right. Because, obviously, if someone is offending you, he is wrong. In that cultural milieu, the subtle merchants of insult detection have created ever finer instruments to amplify even the smallest traces of political incorrectness. Take the micro-aggression, for instance. Apparently ceding the point that outright and […]

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Our Nuremberg: Nazi Medical Research and Planned Parenthood

I know we’re not supposed to make comparisons between the Nazis and anyone else. Godwin’s Law and all that. I get it. But in this case, I think the comparison needs to be made because the ethical dilemma is quite similar. To the point, if we are squeamish utilizing the (possibly life-saving!) medical research accumulated […]

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KKK Member Confronted for Wearing FUBU Sneakers at Confederate Flag Rally

Journalist George Chidi was covering a Georgia Confederate Battle Flag rally when he noticed a man in the rally wearing FUBU athletic shoes. The man also had a “KKK tattoo.” So Chidi “confronted” the man, apparently a “walking contradiction” (groan): The equal-opportunity shoe shopper had obviously put some thought into his attire that day as […]

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The Difference Between Mt. Rushmore and Stone Mountain is Not as Great as You May Think

Recently, the Atlanta chapter of the NAACP called for the removal of Confederate figures from the face of Stone Mountain in Georgia: The organization issued a statement calling for the removal of all symbols of the Confederacy from the park. “My tax dollars should not be used to commemorate slavery,” [Atlanta NAACP chapter president Richard] […]

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