Category: race

Do Facts Matter Part 2

     In response to the first episode in this tragedy, reader Clayton commented thus:      “Respectable, law-abiding Negroes could solve the problem by bringing their unruly racial brethren to heel.”      Which is why desegregation and the end of Redlining was a disaster for Blacks: much like the US and EU strip-mining anyone with talent …

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Do Facts Matter?

     This appears to be the question of our time – the supreme question of our time.      What does it mean to be oppressed? According to the dictionary, to oppress means “to burden with cruel or unjust impositions or restraints; subject to a burdensome or harsh exercise of authority or power.” If we use …

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Unspeakable Truths

     Being right too soon is socially unacceptable.” – Robert A. Heinlein      First, have a piece that appeared at “Liberty’s Torch V1.0” two and a half years ago:      My sainted father, may he rest in peace, was the source of many a sad wisdom. He wasn’t an educated man – he’d dropped out …

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Reality Is Racist, Say “Fact Checkers”

     Accurate journalism about crime, it seems, “fosters systemic racism.” Paul Joseph Watson reports:      If taking note of actual events, or faithfully reporting them to an audience of news consumers, is “racist,” then it won’t be long before: Testifying in court that you witnessed the commission of a crime is ruled contempt of court…if …

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Dead Giveaways Dept.

     Now and then it all becomes too terribly clear:      Chapman University in California is having segregated “Cultural Graduation” ceremonies including “Black Graduation,” “APIDA Graduation,” “Lavender Graduation,” “disability Graduation,” “Middle Eastern Graduation,” and “Latinx Graduation.”      The segregated ceremonies, which will be taking place in addition to the main commencement, will take place on …

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A Profile In Courage

     Facts that are not frankly faced have a habit of stabbing us in the back. – Sir Harold Bowden      I resist the impulse to call any living person a saint. As Simon Templar, played by Val Kilmer in The Saint, put it, “You have to be a very good, and usually very dead …

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Unforced And Uncorrected Errors

     In his book In Pursuit: Of Happiness and Good Government, one of Charles Murray’s arguments for the policies he advocates is that they watch the correct “dependent variables:”      When the way we add up results is combined with the difficulties of operationalizing hard-to-reify constructs, the nature of what I call “the dependent variable …

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Death Of A Nation

     In 1915, a man named D. W. Griffith made a movie that – as we like to say these days – excited some controversy. It was titled Birth of a Nation. It was a Civil-War movie – that’s the War Between The States for any Copperheads in the audience – that was mostly about …

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Unspeakabilities

     There are things we of Polite Society are not supposed to discuss. Indeed, throughout the history of Mankind there have always been such things. Mention of them was forbidden by custom and the threat of ostracism. However, the specific subjects within the realm of unspeakability have changed as time has passed.      I’ve written …

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Concerning The Judicial Lynching Of Derek Chauvin

     This only just sprang to mind:      “We are not fighting against single individuals. We are exterminating the bourgeoisie as a class. Do not look in materials you have gathered for evidence that a suspect acted or spoke against the Soviet authorities. The first question you should ask him is what class he belongs …

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Capturing The Moment

     Were you under the impression that the United States is not currently in a state of civil war? Minneapolis City Council Candidate and Former City Employee Encourages Rioters to Burn Down Wealthy Neighborhoods Right On Cue: Portland Rioters Go On Destructive Rampage After Chauvin Verdict, Police Actually Intervene BLM Minneapolis: ‘I Don’t Want to …

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Good Ideas Always Resurface

     A long, long time ago, back when there was music on AM radio and I was a wee proto-engineer who spent his days correcting other people’s errors in Fortran (Fortran-66, mind you), a colleague commenting on a promotion we in the Computing Center were attempting urged us all to “Think visual.” He exhorted us …

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A New Kind Of “Mistake”

     I think we’ll be seeing this more often:      Sunday’s fatal shooting in a Minneapolis suburb was the 18th time in the past 20 years that police officers used a gun when they said they intended to use a Taser, according to a use-of-force researcher.      By comparison, police kill about 1,000 people each …

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Distinctions That Fail To Matter

     Anyone familiar with the fusillades over race and racial differences these past few decades will be aware that there are some subjects generally regarded as “too hot to touch.” The confrontation-averse are well advised to avoid such subjects, as those on one side are prone to hurling insults rather than reasoned arguments with evidentiary …

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Standards

     First up today, courtesy of Mike Miles at 90 Miles From Tyranny, an indispensable quote from the indispensable Thomas Sowell:      Now, a few words from Ksenya Aleksandrova at Chicks on the Right:      I see that the ugly lies that math, timeliness, and successful life habits are systems of racism and whiteness are …

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Have We Witnessed America’s Racial Fort Sumter?

     Some time ago, I wrote a series of essays about what I saw as a race war in progress. I’ve added those essays to the ones ported here from Liberty’s Torch V1.0 (i.e., the Blogger edition). Here are the links: It’s On It’s On: What Now? It’s On: Where Explanation Remains Required It’s On: …

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Social And Commercial Evolution In Action

     If you don’t remember this story, from a year and a half ago, I can’t fault you; I had to go poring through my stacks to locate it, remembering only that it was race-related:      COLLEGE PARK, Ga. (CBS46) — Stereotyped, intimidated, racism, and uncomfortable, all words used by shoppers to describe their shopping …

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Denouncing The Obvious

     A little thought can go a long way. However, on some subjects, thinking is effectively forbidden. Here’s one.      Let’s say you’re a college professor, and that you teach a first-year class whose enrollees arrived at that class with a fairly wide distribution of high-school grade point averages. At the end of the semester, …

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You Think You’re On Top Of The Lunacies…

     …and then something like this scrolls by:      Black Lives Matter protesters badgered young cheerleaders while they entered the Kentucky International Convention Center in downtown Louisville for a cheer competition on Saturday.      One of the protester leaders Carmen M. Jones, who said Sunday that she stands by her comments, yelled at the girls …

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A Jewel From A Cesspool

     Once in a great while, even that festering stew of hatred-soaked Leftists we call Twitter will yield up a gem:      I could not have put it better. The Left, after all, was the source and bastion of racism during the Jim Crow years that followed emancipation. A Leftist’s natural inclination is toward force, …

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