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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

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.”