Wokism

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A policy of “socially transitioning” children without their parents’ consent…

By Justin Katz | May 17, 2024 |

… leads me to the conclusion that whoever is controlling education policy wants young adults to be ignorant and emotionally unstable: I’m glad people are starting to pay attention, but I’m not optimistic anything can be done.  I couldn’t believe when this policy filtered down from the Obama administration a decade ago.  And I still can’t…

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Chanting murder in another language is cheating…

By Justin Katz | May 17, 2024 |

… but it’s illustrative, at MIT: I should note from the replies to the tweet that some people are contesting the translation, saying it’s “death to Zionism,” not “Zionists,” which supposedly makes all the difference.  On the other hand, some commenters say the chant references “Jews” in places where the translation says “Zionists.” I’m not…

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Keep an eye on the progress of violence.

By Justin Katz | May 8, 2024 |

Note something about the riotous behavior reaching American campuses, as Ted Gehring spotlights, here: The last go-round of riots took place mostly in urban areas, this one has been on campuses. Granted that they’re often in urban areas, but their attack on colleges seems like the revolutionaries’ taking another step.  One or two more and…

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Questions get complex when you upend social (and biological) fundamentals.

By Justin Katz | May 8, 2024 |

This video of a police interaction with a young couple entered my awareness at a moment of reduced willpower, so I watched it.  Although it escalates from a towed car to an arrest and flirts with even more-dangerous outcome, the entire twenty minutes is primarily a display of young adults, feeling their economic oats, whose…

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You can tell how journalists see their role by the stories they cover.

By Justin Katz | May 1, 2024 |

This has become a focus of the Providence Journal’s city reporter: What stories is Russo not covering because she’s spending so much time on this one?  Why is a personnel matter at a private organization newsworthy? As for the content, it finally provides some explanation for a mythical cliché.  I’ve never understood the rule that you…

A weatherman reports a sunny day while it storms outside

Politics This Week: The Era of Messaging

By Justin Katz | April 29, 2024 |

John DePetro and Justin Katz highlight some of the ways the local media and political establishment distort the public message.

Girls jump class in a 1960s gym class

Title IX Becoming a Victim of Its Own Success

By Donna J. Cook | April 19, 2024 |

Title IX has given generations of American girls and young women athletic opportunities on an equal footing, but that success has made it vulnerable to the latest social revolution.

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A Navy commander with a backwards scope seems like a good warning about the dangers of DEI.

By Justin Katz | April 18, 2024 |

As I suggested in a post this morning, it’s an error to think we can impose requirements on the status quo and not risk any loss of what we have.  “Diversity, equity, and inclusion” (DEI) principles are the archetype of this thinking.  Admittedly, I don’t know whether a U.S. Navy officer who didn’t notice that…

A man in a suit shoots a basketball at a city bus

How should we compare Scott Avedisian’s severance package and Caitlin Clark’s basketball salary?

By Justin Katz | April 17, 2024 |

The short answer is that we shouldn’t, but Bill Bartholomew’s attempt is worth a double-take and some thought about what he’s missing: at nearly 68k, Scott Avedisian’s termination payment is almost as much as the contract that the most exciting player in college basketball, Caitlin Clark, signed after being selected first overall in the WNBA draft…

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If the promise of Woke could be distilled into a facial expression…

By Justin Katz | April 16, 2024 |

I don’t want to read too much into a few seconds of video, but something is chilling about progressive Democrat Representative Brandon Potter’s face as Meara began to speak in favor of Republican Representative Patricia Morgan’s bill to prevent transgender-related mutilation of children: His facial expression is not just of hatred.  It’s cold, as if…