Please Contribute…

Old readers of Discriminations (as well as any readers who are not so old) will be aware that I have never posted a tip jar or asked for any contribution … and, don’t worry, I’m not about to start now. But I am going to ask you to make a contribution, which can be very small, to another worthy cause.

Over the years Minding The Campus has published a great deal of my writing (in fact, an essay is there now). That alone, of course, makes it a worthy institution, but that is hardly its primary accomplishment. In any event, it depends heavily on foundation support, and now one of its main funders needs to see evidence that it is also supported by others.

What MTC needs is not so much your money (though I’m sure that would be welcome) but evidence of additional supporters, evidence provided even by very small contributions. It appears that the number of those contributions is actually more important than the amount raised.

Thus I encourage you to pay a visit to its donation site and provide at least a token of your support.

More Shenanigans At UVa

I have a new essay up on Minding The Campus about some recent developments at the University of Virginia, where Mr. Jefferson’s “academical village” (as villagers are still fond of saying) are still trying — unsuccessfully, in my view — to recover from the late unpleasantness of last August when Charlottesville was “invaded” (another popular local term) by alien bad people.

Rather … Not

Dan Rather is coming — where else?  — to Charlottesville, as the keynote speaker at a big liberal celebration. You remember him, don’t you? If not, or if your memory of the episode of fake news of which he was the star is a bit dim, take a quick look here for a refresher. In […]

Michelle Obama On Affirmative Action As Black Privilege

On Thursday Michelle Obama spoke at a “women’s empowerment event” in Boston, saying among other things that “she sometimes ‘felt like an affirmative action kid’ as a freshman at Princeton University.” Since she almost certainly was “an affirmative action kid,” I wonder why she felt that way only sometimes as a freshman. Of course, one […]

Medical School Acceptance Rates By Race And Ethnicity

[NOTE: If you are an early riser and happened to read this post shortly after it was published, be aware that I have added some additional material at the end.] Mark Perry, an economist at the Flint campus of the University of Michigan and the American Enterprise Institute, has been publishing data for years about […]

Waxing Eloquent

I have a new essay on Minding the Campus about the haranguing and disciplining of University of Pennsylvania law professor Amy Wax.

And You Thought Colleges Lack A Sense Of Humor Or Appreciation Of Irony…

“James Comey,” the Chronicle of Higher Education reports this morning, “will co-teach this fall a course about ‘ethical leadership’ to students at the College of William & Mary, his alma mater.” Nor is higher education’s desire to embrace this apparent embodiment of ethical leadership limited to Comey’s alma mater, the Chronicle tells us, since “a […]

Martin Luther King Day, Redux

Lee – Jackson Day In Virginia

Back … Sort Of

A New Year’s Resolution … For President Trump

Diversity: A Bad Bargain


The Seventh Recycling Of July 4

Re-Educating “White-Identified” Faculty At San Jose State

The New York Times On What – And What Is Not – Fit To Print

#BlackLivesMatter Must Matter To Stanford