Watch as a bunch of white people convince themselves that smiling is racist. I don’t know why they’re bothering with these dialectics. A handy flow-chart will suffice for their needs.
The inestimable John McWhorter: It’s been a shoe that had yet to drop. The praise for Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical phenomenon has been resoundingly unanimous. There are already plans for a touring production, one in London plus a sit-down production in San Francisco. Miranda has performed for the president. The cast album has won a Grammy, … More There are Never Enough Witches for the Witch-Hunters: Hamilton and Race-Flailing
Click here for story: It’s not racist now, because it was a black man wearing it to make a cheeky point about sports mascots. Speaking Truth to Power or whatever the usual formula is meaning permissible. When White people start wearing it? Could be problematic, on three levels: The Right Sorts of White People wearing … More How Soon Before the “Caucasians” Shirt Becomes Racist?
A lovely old Chestnut by Kate Paulik on the great folly of PC: political correctness in every incarnation I’ve seen is nothing more than lipstick on the Newspeak pig. PC has never – and can’t engage the root cause it purports to be about. Banning “racist” words does not magically make a bigot less bigoted. … More You Can’t Defeat an Idea
As it turns out, the Patent Office refusing to register the trademarks for the Washington Redskins means less than you might think. Largely it means that the federal government will no longer actively protect the trademark. It doesn’t mean the team can’t use the name or sue to keep its use in its own hands. … More A Few Modest Suggestions For the #NewRedskinsName
When I snarked about this a few days ago, I didn’t know that Rep. Henriquez was black (I also incorrectly called him a Congressman, rather than a Massachusetts State Representative). It doesn’t really matter that he his black (unless one wants to argue that if he were a white Democrat, he wouldn’t be in jail … More Democrat in Jail For Domestic Violence Protected From Expulsion by….NAACP
Richard Cohen is beneath contempt. In all the years I read the Washington Post, I never saw a column of his that was not cheap and tedious. Sure, I’ll fisk E.J. Dionne, because Dionne is a Dem apparatchik in journalist’s clothing, announcing the party line. His columns thus rise to the level of argument. Cohen’s … More Richard Cohen Calls the Tea Party Racist, But He Used the Wrong Words or Something…