January 7, 2003
Race and politics

In the wake of the "Trent Lott Stupidity," there was a landslide of denunciations from both conservative and liberal columnists -- as there should have been. There's a discussion that needs to take place in America regarding race. In the nearly 40 years since the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, America has come […]

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December 19, 2002
On the "states rights" codeword

Steven Hayward over at National Review Online has a piece defending former president Ronald Reagan from the false and frivolous racism charges with which some race-baiters have tried to tar as many Republicans as they can. To be sure, it is difficult to imagine that Reagan was oblivious to the historical baggage of the phrase […]

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December 11, 2002
Thankfully Democrats aren't going overboard on this Trent Lott thing

Except for the New York Times editorial page. Specifically, columnist Bob Herbert. Look, Lott said something very stupid. It definitely hurt his reputation, and it is also hurting the Republican party. Lott should probably step down as Senate Majority Leader. But, Bob Herbert goes too far. But Mr. Lott is not the only culprit here. […]

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December 9, 2002
First off, I'm not going to defend...

Sen. Trent Lott's widely-reported remark at Strom Thurmond's 100th birthday party. But Paul Krugman's latest column does contain some whoppers. [A] man from Mars -- or from Europe -- might expect Mississippi voters to favor progressive taxation and generous social programs. After all, the state benefits immensely from the legacy of Franklin Roosevelt and Lyndon […]

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December 7, 2002
Race and college admissions

John McWhorter has an excellent piece in Sunday's Washington Post arguing that the only basis for lowering admissions standards is for socioeconomic reasons. The question we need to ask, then, is why schools must lower standards to have a decent number of middle-class black students on campus. Over the past few years, a study by […]

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August 22, 2002
Eric Alterman -- the latest conspiracy theory

MSNBC's Eric Alterman may be suffering from undiagnosed paranoia along with some latent racism. If you haven't read the post immediately below this one on outgoing Rep. Cynthia McKinney (Nutcase-Ga.), then read it now and then come back up here. Alterman, it should come as only a mild surprise, agrees with the Texas representative that […]

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August 22, 2002
Equal-opportunity racists

A couple years back CBS (I think) put on a short-lived remake of the classic "All in the Family" substituting a black family in the cast. The show didn't fly, but I do remember one of the lines the lead character uttered in the promos. The new version of Rob "Meathead" Reiner accused the new […]

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July 24, 2002
Am I a racist?

I would have to say no. But then again, I could be wrong. My good, old (we're both "old" now aren't we?) friend Tom Davis criticized my post suggesting that we prohibit the issuance of visas to "any male between the ages of 18-50 from any Arab nation during wartime." Tom said that my suggestion […]

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July 22, 2002
The American Taliban

I didn't write much about it at the time, mainly because I was disgusted by the way the entire issue was handled from beginning to end. John Walker Lindh should have faced a military tribunal and then been executed for treason -- nothing more, nothing less. Instead, the plea deal gets Lindh out in 17 […]

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March 9, 2002
The real MeChA

If there's one thing I can't stand it's a hatemongers. I can't stand the Ku Klux Klan. I can't stand Louis Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam. But there is one thing that's nice to know -- there are racists of every race, color and creed. To whites and blacks, you can now add Latinos, […]

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