Category Archives: National news

Willful defiance

… is an attribute of blackness.

That is to say, in any given setting, if perhaps 20% of white people would display willful defiance, perhaps 30% of blacks would.  The actual differences in proportion are probably much greater.

We will examine first the evidence that this is so, and then consider the ramifications for black prosperity.

I do intend the evidence to be exhausting.
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The emperor’s new clothes: False prophecy in the news

Here is my first audition file.  The sound quality and performance aren’t the best, but I’ve chosen to post it anyway given the weight of the subject matter.

I need to show that I can speak off the cuff about current events, and an opportunity to do so came in the controversy over recent tweets by Maria Chappelle-Nadal.

A transcript appears below.

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“Jackie” and The Rolling Stone

Bookmarks:
U-Va. students challenge Rolling Stone account of alleged sexual assaultTV experts who aren’tFox news affiliate distorts coverageVast dogfighting ring in Baltimore, Baltimore County broken upMonkey heroically rescues its friendPhylicia Barnes update
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D.C. leasing winter space in motels for homeless families

Bookmarks:
D.C. leasing winter space in motels for homeless familiesG.O.P.-led House panel exonerates CIA on BenghaziExceptional horoscopes update 2014-12-15Limits of TV realismDeer Encounters Her Doggy Friend and Dances With JoyPope Francis: Doggie Heaven Is RealMore about Stuart ChaseGeorge F. Will is upset about Eric Garner
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My white friends are upset about Eric Garner

Garner grand jury case reaction unifies left and right
Krauthammer: Decision not to indict NYPD officer ‘totally incomprehensible’

Garner was middle-aged, as we are.  He had not just robbed a cigar store, rough-handling the clerk; he was selling “loose ones,” as we all do.  We all buy and sell them all the time.  There’s some risk to it, as in Baltimore this activity in public can get you a $150 ticket (and you must appear for trial).

Death, however, isn’t normally in the scenario.
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“How municipalities in St. Louis County, Mo., profit from poverty”

“[T]he uprising in Ferguson was an inevitable reaction to the institutional racism coursing through the area for decades.” — Jack Kirkland

I’m homeless.  At this writing, I’ve been homeless for exactly 3½ years.

When you meet a homeless man for the first time, you won’t notice his skin color.  Not first.  You’ll notice the condition he’s in.  You’ll notice his clothes, his grooming, his conduct.  Skin color is so far down the list, it might as well be left off completely.

Some disagree. They seem to think race is the only factor in poverty.

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Manners a cure for racism, sexism?

Bookmarks:
What conservatives get right about stopping racism and sexism7 Habits of Chronically Unhappy PeopleAbout the Keystone XL pipeline

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“School’s Nation of Islam handout paints Founding Fathers as racists”

I have no background with Todd Starnes. I am aware of his October 27 column, “School’s Nation of Islam handout paints Founding Fathers as racists,” only because Yahoo! News captured it. He plays fast and loose with the facts, which does not reflect well on him or Fox News & Commentary.

(Disclaimer: In a follow-up column October 28, Starnes reports information from a second parent that confirms some of his suspicions and contradicts statements of the superintendent and the teacher.  For other reasons, I have chosen to write this based on the facts as they were known on October 27.)

Sommer Bauer’s third grade son came home from school with a paper that bore an impressive image of Mount Rushmore. The captions made unflattering remarks about the Presidents shown.  The source was a Nation of Islam web page.

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