This book is a wonderful spin-off from Thomas Sowell's magnificent 2009 volume Intellectuals and Society. His main message - amply illustrated - is that, on the subject of race, intellectuals are useless.
After Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were executed in 1953, it was no surprise that the adoptive parents of their two sons chose to send the orphaned brothers to the Little Red School House, a New York private school.
The lawyers have spoken; it is now the Court’s turn. What is it likely to say when the decision is finally announced? The oral argument did shed some light on the likely answer – although reading judicial tea leaves is always hazardous.
Cynthia Tucker, in her confessional editorial in the South’s premier newspaper, was too hard on herself. She had long supported race-conscious districting, but her erstwhile convictions had been those of the entire civil rights community and of elected officials across the political spectrum who saw such districting as one litmus test of a commitment to racial equality.
The Supreme Court has just agreed to take on the case of Fisher v. University of Texas. Abigail Fisher, a white woman, argues that she has been a victim of the university's race-conscious admission policies; the university contends that its drive for racial and ethnic diversity is educationally enriching -- a benefit to all students.
Most Americans are appalled not only by the notion of unequal enforcement of voter-intimidation cases, but by the whole politically correct edifice of affirmative action and racial preferences that has been constructed over the years.
In offering superheated rhetoric rather than logical analysis, Andrew McCarthy's take on the New Black Panther Party incident exemplifies the hysteria that sets in when racially complicated issues are involved.