We live in an era where people look for reasons to be offended, and it’s killing dialogue. But here’s an excellent piece by John McWhorter: Actually, Scalia had a point. In his piece, McWhorter (who is black) addresses the data that show that Scalia makes a good point–liberal extremists can talk until they’re blue in the face about how unprepared students with lower test scores can drop into a higher level class and surpass expectations, but the data show otherwise. Liberal extremists have made it sound as if Scalia is a racist, but he was making a statement based on common sense outside of race–if a person has lower test scores and grades and extra curriculars and has had little preparation, he’s unlikely to do well. Both the data and common sense support that view.
Trump has made some incredibly stupid statements in the course of his campaign, but it looks like his call to block all Muslims from entering the country could finally derail him. Instead of apologizing, he’s doubling down. Unlike anything I’ve seen in my life, world leaders are condemning him.
I don’t think he’s got a snowball’s chance in hell of winning the general election, but I hope this latest debacle kills his chances at the primary. Let’s hope Cruz goes away too. People are just too busy to deal with the divisive garbage coming from these two candidates.
Here’s an interesting one: China has effectively barred Anastasia Lin, Miss Canada, from competing in the Miss World Competition. They’ve done so by denying her a visa so that she is unable to attend the competition. Miss Lin is a Falun Gong practitioner and an outspoken critic of China’s human rights record. I’m not a big advocate of Falun Gong or any other religion, but this should be an outrage. Miss Lin isn’t competing to become Miss China; she’s competing to become Miss World. Just because it takes place in China doesn’t mean it’s suddenly a Chinese competition.
Happy Thanksgiving, Everyone! Hope you’re all enjoying your free day today–err, maybe I should say that I hope you’re all having a free day today. Happy Thanksgiving to our American readers, and Happy Thanksgiving also to those in other countries where people don’t celebrate.
I don’t know about you, but I’m getting tired of these crybullying grievance collectors. The attitude is best represented by the woman in the video above: “This university owes us everything.” “We owe White people nothing.” “All of this is MINE. My people built this place.”
So they’re trying to remove Woodrow Wilson’s name from Princeton. Read the NY Times article here. The Asian American student has the best quote:
His tablemate Calvert Chan, a sophomore who is Asian-American, said, “If the criteria for naming a building for someone was that they’d be perfect, we shouldn’t name buildings.”
I saw this story a few days ago: Cancellation of College Production of ‘Jesus in India’ Over Casting of White Actors Prompts Debate. It’s a story of how Lloyd Suh, a Korean American playwright, stopped a college production of one of his plays because the actors were White kids playing Indian people. The students at Clarion University had already begun rehearsals–Lloyd Suh first complained about the casting on November 2nd and asked the producers to change the casting on November 9th, and the performances were set to begin on November 18th. I’m assuming they also already spent lots of money on the set and promotion. In the end, they were not allowed to do the play. As you all know, I’ve spoken out against racebending before. But this is different. While I understand Lloyd Suh’s views on diversity, he made the wrong decision here. I think he hurt a lot of people with his decision, and he lost an opportunity to take the role of teacher.
I knew it was going to happen sooner or later. But it happened to Ronda Rousey on Saturday. Not only did she lose, but she got KO’ed less than a minute into the second round. I don’t think Holm dominated, as many commentators have said, but she was definitely controlling the distance with her striking and outlanding Ronda. She was definitely winning before she got the KO. Since the fight, people have been jumping in to kick Ronda when she’s down. Trump tweeted that he was happy, as did some of Ronda’s old opponents. You shouldn’t take these seriously. But what you should consider is the validity of the hindsight advice that some in the media are giving Ronda: “She shouldn’t have tried to outbox Holly!” “The strategy was all wrong!” “It’s her coach!”
Thanks, E, for sending this excellent and timely article: The Coddling of the American Mind. In this Atlantic article, the author discusses how “trigger warnings” and other liberal extremist projects may be contributing to mental health problems among college students and young workers. I’ve blogged about this fanatical nonsense before. If every response to a serious question is “you’re racist” or “you better check your privilege” or “is that a threat?” or you say that the validity of basic math is “dehumanizing,” you’re not going to go anywhere with your argument. But worst of all, you’re hurting people by creating a world where young people don’t have to face reality. They can remain children their entire lives, throwing tantrums whenever they feel like it.