Category Archives: racism

Should the governor of Virginia resign over racist yearbook photos?

As many venues report (NYT article here), Ralph Northam, the governor of Virginia, is now the object of gazillions of calls for him to step down, all based on a photo of a person in blackface, accompanied by a person dressed in KKK robes, that appeared on Northam’s page in his medical school yearbook of […]

Professor suspended for using “n word”—as written by James Baldwin

From Inside Higher Ed (click on screenshot below), we have a white professor being suspended—and going on medical leave because of the resultant stress—because he used the “n-word” in a discussion of James Baldwin’s famous book The Fire Next Time. If you’ve read that 1963 book (I have), you’ll know it as a powerful and […]

Black students at Williams College favor self-segregated housing

The more I look at Williams College, the locale for Luana Maroja’s report on free speech yesterday, the more I’m convinced it’s a candidate as the Evergreen State College of the East Coast. My opinion comes from Maroja’s report (especially the behavior of students), a perusal of the student newspaper, The Williams Record, Williams’s “yellow light” rating […]

Should we teach kids to be colorblind?

You’ll probably remember this quote from Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream” speech; one of his dreams was this: “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” This seems outmoded […]

A sign of the racism that persists in America

The story of Emmett Till, a 14-year old black boy from Chicago who was lynched in 1955, is a shameful chapter in American history. Many of you know about it, but I’ll briefly give the salient facts. Till was visiting relatives in Mississippi when the white wife of a local grocery-store owner told locals that […]

The inevitable intersectional pushback for “Black Panther”

When the movie “Black Panther” came out, with an African-American director and an all-black cast, and then it cleaned up at the box office and attracted tons of black children, I was pleased. Yes, I know there have been black superhero movies before, but this one was reputed to be especially good, and what’s wrong […]

Texas college newspaper publishes op-ed calling white DNA an “abomination”

Here’s an editorial from a Texas State University student newspaper that’s all over right-wing media (ignored by the Left, of course); it’s about why white DNA is “an abomination” and why white people shouldn’t exist. I don’t want to dissect it, because it’s a racist abomination in itself, and I don’t have the spoons to […]

NYT op-ed: Black professor says that he’s teaching his children that they can’t be friends with whites

Here we have a sad example of someone who’s been driven into unreasonable thoughts and behavior by Trump’s election, and puts it on display in the New York Times. (Click on screenshot below to go to the op-ed.) The person is Ekow N. Yankah, an African-American professor at the Benjamin Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University. […]

Not a joke: Atlantic article notes that eclipse path moves over many white areas, uses path of totality to indict America for racism

UPDATE: There are now over 500 comments on Ristroph’s piece, virtually all of them critical, and some quite funny. I actually feel sorry for the poor woman, but maybe she doesn’t read comments. Here are a few I selected quickly. _____________________ The present ideological climate in America is such that almost anything can serve as […]

Professor loses teaching job for approving a Black Lives Matter meeting from which whites were excluded; I disagree with the firing

While I think it’s racist to specify that a meeting should be limited to people of a certain skin color, I cannot sanction Essex County College for firing a professor for espousing that view. On June 6, Essex’s adjunct professor of communication Lisa Durden appeared in this in this 6½-minute interview with Fox News’s Tucker Carlson. […]