Civil Rights

The Politics of Protest

In an earlier post, I supported the NFL “kneelers” protests as justified and appropriate. But I didn’t deal with a very important relevant issue: the political consequences of the protests. David Leonhardt took up that issue in his op-ed in ...

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Of Protest and Patriotism

You can never be sure with Trump. His attacks on African-American athletes certainly look like a calculated appeal to his base, who undoubtedly delight in seeing the President of the United States putting down uppity blacks. Or, they could simply ...

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Short Takes

Bernie Endorses Hillary Bernie’s timing was, I think, just right. A lot of Democrats were understandably impatient for Sanders to move on, accept defeat and begin to help unite the party against Trump. But Sanders hasn’t been  running just to ...

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Charleston, etc.

So, the Confederate flag will probably come down from the South Carolina state capitol grounds, as it should.   I have no patience with those who assert that the flag is a legitimate symbol of the South’s heritage. Yes, it is ...

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Free Speech and Bigotry

There should be no question that Pamela Geller had a right to organize the contest that became a target for two jihadist would-be assassins.   There can be no excuse for the jihadists’ assault, which surely qualifies as an act of ...

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The Problem of Police Racism

In my last post I noted without elaboration that the problem of police racism is neither simple nor straightforward.  Now I’ll try to explain. First, we need to consider the nature of contemporary racism in the United States. For centuries, ...

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De Blasio and the Police (III)

An op-ed in today’s New York Times, “Why we’re so Mad at de Blasio,” provides a good, reasonable statement of the NYC police case against the mayor. But it’s not good enough. The author is Steve Osborne, a retired NYC ...

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DeBlasio and the Police (II)

A meeting yesterday between Mayor Bill DeBlasio with the leaders of five NYC police unions, though apparently fairly civil, yielded no clear progress toward a resolution of the current antagonism between City Hall and New York’s men in blue.   That ...

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A note on Race and the NYPD

An illuminating story from Reuters reporter Michelle Conlin, who reported on interviews with 15 retired and 10 active black NYC police officers. Of the 25, all but one reported having had at least one off-duty experience of racial profiling by ...

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DeBlasio and the Police

I was planning on doing a post on the above topic when I came across this from The Daily Beast’s Michael Tomasky.  It is so good that I’m passing it on without further comment–you should just read it. And, while ...

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