Have three decades of Supreme Court support for affirmative action been based on fraud?
For almost 35 years, college-admissions decisions in America have been governed by the continuing legacy of University of California v. Bakke, in which a fragmented U.S. Supreme Court struck down the use of racial quotas but affirmed the legitimacy of considering race as one factor among several. The justices are now revisiting these crucial national... Read More
Sweeping up after the election.
It is traditionally said that after the Lord Mayor’s Parade come the guys with brooms and shovels to clear the pavement of whatever the parade horses may have bestowed upon it. Well, the election’s over, and here I come with broom and shovel to see if there’s anything instructive to be found in the droppings.... Read More
Amy Chua, who is a law professor at Yale University, has a new book out: Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother. The book describes the parenting methods Professor Chua employed when raising her two daughters, now aged 18 and 14. An extract published in the January 8 Wall Street Journal caused a small sensation. Within... Read More
Anti-White discrimination in the Connecticut firefighters case.
This week the Supreme Court hears Ricci v. DeStefano, the case of the 20 firefighters in New Haven, Connecticut. The plaintiffs took promotion exams five and a half years ago. As they themselves say on their website (scroll down to CASE SUMMARY): (There is a bit of squid ink there. In fact only one of... Read More
Did you see those demographic stats in the New York Times last week? (Some of the quotes in what follows are from the NYT story; the others are from the actual U.S. Census Bureau News Release from which the story is abstracted.) It is not news that white Anglo (i.e. white non-Hispanic — I am... Read More
Well, that was interesting. Last week's two big news stories were both about race: the dropping of all charges against the Duke lacrosse players, and the defenestration of Don Imus. Over in the Mother Country, Prime Minister Tony Blair created a separate kerfuffle by asserting, in a speech, that the very high rates of violent... Read More
If you want to understand why immigration will be the great world issue of the years immediately in front of us, you could do worse than learn Wolof. This is a West African language used, often in a pidgin form, as a lingua franca in the countries at the westernmost extreme of the West African... Read More
Human Accomplishment: The Pursuit of Excellence in the Arts and Sciences, 800 B.C. to 1950, by Charles...
Never has data been accessible in such quantities to so many people. Any middle-class citizen can, in the comfort of his own study, with a few movements of his fingers bring to his eyes the entire 2000 U.S. Census, or the price of every stock on all the world's bourses, or the past and future... Read More
All aboot Canada.
Off to Toronto to tape a TV panel discussion on racial profiling. Racial Profiling! Whatever happened to racial profiling? I felt a bit as though I had been asked into a debate about the Missile Gap, or Prohibition. I mean, racial profiling is sonot a current issue. That is the case, at any rate, here... Read More
Every morning I walk my dog for 25 minutes. That's how long it takes to go round the block, given doggie mental processes ("Gotta sniff this! Oh, wow, gotta sniff this!! Oops — gotta pee! Whew, that's better! Hey, gotta sniff this! …") and the fact that the object of the exercise is not restricted... Read More
As has often been said, the most interesting arguments in our public life today are not those between Left and Right, but those within the Right. The political Left has had no new ideas since 1968.* Their old ideas have "won" in the sense that they dominate the media, universities, the legal profession and the... Read More
Letter to the Editor
In his review of William McGowan's fine book, Coloring the News (Dec. 31), John Corry claims that the media coverage of California's Proposition 227 was grossly unfair, and that the L.A. Times and other publications portrayed our 1998 measure to dismantle bilingual education as a nativist plot attacking Latino culture. Fortunately, this was not the... Read More
While most Americans have been transfixed by the terrifying prospect of massive deaths from anthrax or suicide bombers, a few in our society fear an even greater horror: the fanatic defenders of Spanish-almost-always instruction see their doom in an "English" initiative heading toward the November 2002 Massachusetts ballot. Although the vote on "English" is over... Read More
Britain's imported race problem.
"What's all this about race riots in England?" my American friends keep asking me. "Who are these 'Asians' that are throwing rocks at the police? What's their beef? Can you explain this?" You bet I can. Are you sitting comfortably? Then I'll begin. It is important to understand that England's race problem is nothing like... Read More
Given the landslide victories of ballot measures to dismantle bilingual education in California and Arizona, national media coverage of the dramatic rise in subsequent test scores, and the growing possibility of similar efforts in Colorado and New York City, it is hardly surprising that Congress would consider inserting bilingual-education reform into its omnibus package of... Read More
I am old enough to remember when we Brits used to snigger at you Yanks about your obsession with race. The brains of white Americans, we used to murmur smugly to each other over buttered pikelets and a cup of Ty-phoo, had been addled with guilt. You just couldn't get over the fact that some... Read More
Some kind of conservative
In recent years, Republicans have regularly charged that liberal Democrats tend only to enforce those laws that they support and ignore those laws they regard as misguided. Although the evidence for this criticism is mixed at best, demands for reestablishing the "Rule of Law" have become a staple of partisan Republican attacks on an allegedly... Read More
"And can they speak Chinese?" is the inevitable question when we introduce our children to Chinese acquaintances. The answer is: no, not really, but not for want of trying on the part of their parents. And in that there is a small lesson for America. The children under discussion are Nellie, age 7½, and Ollie,... Read More
One of the members of my Human Biodiversity e-mail group recently posted a small historical gem: a letter to the London Times, dated June 5th 1873, from the great 19th-century English biologist Sir Francis Galton. Galton's principal passion was eugenics, at that time (and, indeed, well into the next century) a popular and respectable field... Read More
Today, on the important issue of whether immigrant children should be taught English in American schools, the Republican party is in danger of having won the war but lost the peace. For nearly thirty years, the Republican Party has been on record as opposing so-called bilingual-education programs, which all too often amount to Spanish-only instruction... Read More
Taboo: Why Black Athletes Dominate Sports and Why We Are Afraid to Talk About It, by Jon Entine
By and large, sports events are meritocratic. That is their main appeal. In most other areas of life — in business, in politics, in academic and artistic endeavor, in love and war — there are large elements of caprice, of misjudgment, of chicanery and wild chance, of faddishness, even of corruption. In the lives that... Read More
The Accidental Asian, by Eric Liu
Malcolm Muggeridge had a story about his days as a newspaper correspondent in Moscow during the time of the Stalin famines. He went with a Russian colleague to see a Chekhov play. Afterwards he asked her what she thought of it. "I can't see what they were all so unhappy about," replied the woman. "They... Read More
Letter to the Editor
Although I've always been a very strongly pro-immigrant conservative, I found that the underlying facts and figures in your "immigration" issue (June 16, 1997) were absolutely irrefutable, however much I might disagree with your ultimate conclusions. But then I noticed that if I changed "Asians" to "Jews," "Hispanics" to "blacks," and "immigrants" to "Jews and... Read More
Immigrants are a net benefit to the nation and a natural Republican constituency---if the party doesn't blow it
This journal has performed a valuable service by clarifying the immigration debate. Rather than choosing the safe path of attacking only illegal immigration, NR has correctly pointed out that illegal immigration is dwarfed by legal immigration; that legal and illegal immigration share a wide range of important characteristics; and that most of the key arguments... Read More