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“Are You Now Or Have You Ever … ?”

Have you ever “committed sexual misconduct or harassment of any kind”? If so, Inside Higher Ed reports, your university press book contract and your National Science Foundation grant may be cancelled. The Me Too’ers and the campus sex police are well on their way down the road to making McCarthyism look mild.

Charlottesville (Cont.)

“Charlottesville” — not the nice little city, home of “Mr. Jefferson” and the University of Virginia, but the late unpleasantness of the Unite The Right rally last August — still reverberates. Most of the commentary has focused on the violence ostensibly inflicted on the city by the “invasion” of the right-wing demonstrators, especially their violation […]

The New McCarthyism

The College Fix reports that the University of Denver has suspended a conservative student leader after “some people said that other people said that she said offensive things.” 12 “witnesses” were interviewed, and 11 of them admitted that they had not heard the student say offensive things. One claimed that she called him a “fag” in […]

Can You Believe Politico Just Wrote … ?

Can you believe that Josh Gerstein, honcho political reporter at Politico, just wrote yesterday that Republicans and Democrats are feuding “over Trump’s unfounded claim that the FBI planted a spy in his campaign”? If Gerstein and Politico really believe that claim is “unfounded,” perhaps they also doubt claims of apparently equal weight that Alger Hiss was a […]

Letter: Prosecuting Protestors A Bad Idea

Somewhat to my surprise, the Charlottesville Daily Progress has just printed my letter criticizing the effort of a UVa law professor and her students to have some of the torch-bearing alt-right protestors in Charlottesville last summer prosecuted. The letter is here, but overly zealous editing (is there any other kind?) removed a couple of paragraphs […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]