Race

Family and Race

By Justin Katz | October 16, 2010 |

It’s hardly a new conclusion, but this, from a book review by Roger Clegg (subscription required), of Acting White by Stuart Buck, bears repeating: Suppose your twelve-year-old son came home and announced that it would compromise his racial authenticity were he to study hard and get good grades, and that he will therefore concentrate on…

The Race to Preserve Racism

By Justin Katz | October 10, 2010 |

At least — many of us hoped — the United States could finally move past the racial divide. Yes, we expected opposition to President Obama to be quickly equated with racism, but it seemed the broader declarations of the United States as a racist country would be ridiculous on their face. It appears, though, that…

Hucksters Not Wasting the Crisis

By Justin Katz | July 9, 2010 |

Funny, I hadn’t heard insufficient involvement of “disadvantaged groups” included among the contributing factors to our the economic crisis that supposedly necessitates a stronger government hand in the finance industry. And yet: Chris Dodd, Barney Frank, and Barack Obama insist that the new financial regulation bill pending a vote in the Senate is a necessity…

Hurting a Dedicated Constituency

By Justin Katz | February 13, 2010 |

In an article about the ways in which Democrats’ preferred policies hurt black Americans, Kevin Williamson emphasizes union racism and especially the minimum wage: THE first answer many economists will give to that question is: the minimum wage. Milton Friedman, a Nobel laureate who spent much of his career showing how government programs reliably end…

Winning in Race by Making Policies Primary

By Justin Katz | January 23, 2010 |

Watching the tears of joy streaming down the faces of black attendees at the Rhode Island Democrats’ election-night gathering in Providence, in 2008, knowing candidate Obama’s centrist rhetoric to be completely contrary to his life history and political record, and believing that his likely policies would be an unmitigated disaster, I worried what effect it…

A Racial Lever for the Federal Government

By Justin Katz | December 31, 2009 |

There’s certainly room for derision against the attitude that Abigail Thernstrom highlights here: In 1996, [current Attorney General Eric] Holder told the Washington Post that he always carried a favorite quotation in his wallet. A black man’s “race defines him more particularly than anything else,” it ran. Said Holder: “I am not the tall U.S.…

White Guilt and Morally Lazy Revolution

By Justin Katz | December 27, 2009 |

Annalee Newitz finds a cultural thread in the plot of Avatar: These are movies about white guilt. Our main white characters realize that they are complicit in a system which is destroying aliens, AKA people of color – their cultures, their habitats, and their populations. The whites realize this when they begin to assimilate into…

An Old Tale in a New Context

By Justin Katz | August 13, 2009 |

Bill Sammon recalls a day, back in 2002: When Bush visited Portland, Ore., for a fundraiser, protesters stalked his motorcade, assailed his limousine and stoned a car containing his advisers. Chanting “Bush is a terrorist!”, the demonstrators bullied passers-by, including gay softball players and a wheelchair-bound grandfather with multiple sclerosis. One protester even brandished a…

The Moment the Veil of Post-Racialism Fell

By Justin Katz | July 23, 2009 |

You didn’t really believe all that stuff about “moving past” race, did you? No, no. You misunderstood: We’re only a “post-racial” society when it benefits preferred minorities and the white liberals who crowd surf among them. By no means does that negate the right of race hucksters to continue capitalizing on their “narrative.” Of course,…

Empathy Has to Go Both Ways with Race

By Justin Katz | July 22, 2009 |

I hesitate to help stir the pot of manufactured racial strife, but the prominent black academic Henry Louis Gates, Jr., of Harvard has illustrated too perfectly why racial division will persist until such “leaders” of minority communities as him begin arguing, by example, for mutual empathy. Gates returned from a research trip to find that…