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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

On a past Martin Luther King day, several years ago, I noted (“Dishonoring Martin Luther King, Jr.”) that one of the saddest commentaries on the sorry state of “civil rights” today — or at least how the straggling remnant of the civil rights movement and their liberal camp followers view civil rights today — is […]

Lee – Jackson Day In Virginia

[NOTE: This post has been UPDATED] Most of you will recall that the late unpleasantness in Charlottesville last August — the antifa et al. attacks on Klan/Neo-Nazi/etc. (permit-holding) demonstrators and vice versa — was occasioned by a long-simmering local debate over removing a statue that honored Robert E. Lee from a park. As it happens, […]

Back … Sort Of

Regular readers — or for the past several months, and even earlier, non-readers — will know that Discriminations has been inactive lately, on leave (although I hope not absent without leave). That has been due to some ongoing medical issues, first mentioned in passing  here. I will not bore you (or me) with the details, since […]

A New Year’s Resolution … For President Trump

Writing a couple of days ago in her always impressive Wall Street Journal column, Kimberly Strassel proposed A Big, Beautiful Trump 2018 Issue: “Let 2018 be the year of civil-service reform — a root-and-branch overhaul of the government itself. Call it Operation Drain the Swamp.” What a splendid idea! Let me be more specific. Here’s […]

Diversity: A Bad Bargain

The James G. Martin Center has just published my review of The Diversity Bargain: And Other Dilemmas of Race, Admissions, and Meritocracy at Elite Universities, a new book based on extensive interviews with “whites” and “students of color” at Harvard and Brown that I describe as “unwittingly and depressingly useful.”    


By now I’m sure you’re all sick of Charlottesville — or as I now say, “Charlottesville,” because this nice, formerly small “academical village” (Jefferson’s term) has ceased to be a place and become something of an iconic event, rather like the Edmund Pettus bridge between Selma and Montgomery. I know I’m sick of it, and […]

The Seventh Recycling Of July 4

Four years ago I posted the following recycled July 4th piece, linking earlier iterations. Sadly, it still seems relevant, and so here it is again. Here’s my July 4 post from a year ago, which seem worth posting again (and again … and again): Here’s how I began a July 4th post two years ago: On three […]

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

See my recent short piece on Minding The Campus for a discussion of how Mao-like cultural revolution has come to campus in the form of “professional development” seminars and training aimed at promoting “racial literacy” by rooting out racial bias (implicit and otherwise) in “white-identified” faculty.

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

Since 1896 “All The News That’s Fit To Print” has been the motto of the New York Times. Its recent publication of an OpEd, “What ‘Snowflakes’ Get Right About Free Speech,” by Ulrich Baer, vice provost for faculty, arts, humanities, and diversity and professor of comparative literature at New York University, suggests that the Times’ view […]