White liberals are positioning themselves more to the left on certain racial issues than the average black voter, according to a New York Times column published Thursday.
In the column, titled “The Democrats’ Left Turn Is Not an Illusion,” New York Times columnist Thomas Edsall makes the case that, while Democrats as a whole are increasingly moving left, that move is primarily driven by “well-educated whites, especially white women.”
“Just as it can be offensive or even harassing to make up a nickname for someone and call them that nickname against their will, it can be offensive or harassing to guess at someone’s pronouns and refer to them using those pronouns if that is not how that person wants to be known,” according to MyPronouns.org. “Or, worse, actively choosing to ignore the pronouns someone has stated that they go by could imply the oppressive notion that intersex, transgender, nonbinary, and gender nonconforming people do not or should not exist.”
A Michigan high school football team has been barred from praying for the sick daughter of its head coach for fear of violating separation of church and state regulations.
As reported by North Michigan news network 9and10news.com, the Lake City football team — currently ranked No. 4 in the Detroit Free Press Division 6 top-10 — has spent recent weeks praying on the field for the ailing 4-year-old daughter of coach Kyle Smith. That all came to a halt after the team posted a video of their “family circle” of prayer to their Facebook page.
Update: After publication of this article, University of Maryland-College Park changed the name of the group to “Anti-Racism and Ally Building Group,” along with a shorter description, which reads, “Do you want to improve your ability to relate to and connect with people different from yourself? Do you want to become a better ally? Members will support and share feedback with each other as they learn more about themselves and how they can fit into a diverse world.”
In a statement provided to Campus Reform on Friday, the university explained the name change: “Our Counseling Center acknowledges that we did not choose the right words in raising awareness about this research-based initiative, and how this group has been perceived is counter to the values of inclusiveness and diversity that we embody. Therefore, we are renaming the group to better reflect our intention and values.”
News Corp has come under global condemnation for publishing a racist, sexist cartoon depicting Serena Williams in its Melbourne paper.
The cartoon by Mark Knight, published in Rupert Murdoch’s Herald Sun tabloid on Tuesday, depicted the tennis star having a tantrum on the court at the US Open after she lost to Naomi Osaka on Saturday. The depiction of Osaka has also been criticised as making her appear as a “white woman”.
The way Knight drew Williams has been compared to the racist illustrations ubiquitous during the US Jim Crow era and Sambo cartoons.
Three years ago this Fall, Yale University descended into what can only be described as a fit of mass psychosis.
On November 9, 2015, over 1,000 people—about one fifth of the undergraduate student body—walked out of classrooms and into the quad to participate in a ‘March of Resilience.’ An a cappella group led the crowd in a medley of “We Shall Overcome.” Native Indian performers formed a drum circle. “We are not victims,” a student organizer affiliated with the school’s Latino cultural center declared. “Today, we are on our way to being victors.”
Against what sinister forces did Yale’s students feel compelled to summon up their stocks of ‘resilience’ in righteous battle? The first grievance cited by the student protestors was an alleged ‘white girls only’ party thrown by one of the university’s fraternities. Word of this event had gone from a Facebook post to international headlines, tarnishing Yale’s good name in the process. Had such a party actually taken place, it indeed would have been cause for protest.
The reaction to an innovative businessman trying to inject a little levity into what has proven to be a dark, divisive campaign to protest perceived injustices is going a long way toward exposing the political aspirations of NFL players taking a knee during the national anthem.
The noble defence of an infinitely multiplying list of ‘marginalised groups’ is a predatory movement
In a recent column, I vowed to return to a point made in passing. To refresh your memory, the American magazine the Nation printed a formal apology for running a harmless 14-line poem by a white writer about homelessness. The poet’s sins: using the word ‘cripple’ and adopting a voice lightly evoking what I gather we’re now to call ‘AAVE’: African-American Vernacular English. Facebookers were incensed, comments huffy. The poet apologised, too.
I decried this ritual progressive self-abasement as cowardly and undignified. But it’s worth taking a second look at that story as a prime example of screaming emotional fraudulence in the public sphere.
We used to worry about the Loony Left. These days the problem is Preposterous Progressivism. Do you know what the capitalist patriarchy’s latest “tool of oppression” is? The bike path. On the long list of things to be ideologically scrupulous about, after pronouns, micro-aggression and rape culture, bike paths are moving up fast. According to the piece where I ran across the phrase “tool of oppression,” apparently used straight-facedly, which appeared on a Calgary pop-up journalism site called The Sprawl, progressives are re-thinking bike paths.