This story involving renaming Chicago streets involving Mayor Rahm and Chicago alderman will be pretty funny if you have experience driving around Chicago's Loop. Otherwise it might seem baffling, but I'll try to make it clear. Back in the 1980s when I'd drive down to the Chicago Art Institute in lakefront Grant Park, I'd usually... Read More
Nobody in America has been prouder of their white ancestry than the Hispanic descendants of settlers / conquistadors sent by the King of Spain to what is now New Mexico and southwest Colorado. But even these New Mexico Hispanics are getting into the Flight from White. From the New York Times: One? How many ancestors... Read More
In 2017, I keep hearing the name Linda Sarsour. But I had never heard of before. Why is she famous now? Well, Linda herself has a good insight into why she's now the face of pro-Islam feminism (or whatever her gig is): But now she's no longer an ordinary white girl, she's a hijab-wearing Diverse... Read More
From the NYT Op-Ed page: The Census and Right-Wing Hysteria By HERBERT J. GANS MAY 11, 2017 Several years ago, the Census Bureau began to predict that the United States would become a majority-minority nation by the 2040s — that African- and Asian-Americans, as well as Latinos, would outnumber non-Hispanic whites. Last year the census... Read More
A friend does a little focus-grouping now and then of political language. He reports that any concern for the rights, interests, or well-being of "whites" strikes respondents as downscale. The word "white" seems just plain prole. In contrast, the idea of "European" identity seems kind of classy to the Americans he tries it out upon.... Read More
Following up Masha Gessen's article in The New Yorker, here's an NYT column on the apparently burning issue of just how big a threat white racists are to poor Dzhokhar Tsarnaev over his not looking white enough. Is the Defendant White or Not? JAN. 23, 2015 By NOUR KTEILY and SARAH COTTERILL Nour Kteily is... Read More
The national news media appears to be turning into a giant conspiracy to feed me material. Yesterday, in "Flight from White -- American Indian Version," I noted the New York Times' breathless article about an academic who has made a career for himself as an American Indian despite being a redheaded white guy. Tonight, in... Read More
Bestselling 58-year-old sportswriter Buzz Bissinger, whose 1990 book Friday Night Lights was based on in-depth locker room interviews of half-dressed teenage high school football players, announces in GQ that he has spent $587,000 over the last three years on clothes for himself, both men's and women's, such as thigh-high leather boots with six-inch stiletto heels.