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the economistJue, 18/06/2015 - 23:20

RACHEL DOLEZAL was, until very recently, the president of the Spokane, Washington chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People. She gave up the leadership post a couple days after her parents, who claim European ancestry (with, perhaps, a dash of Native American), outed their daughter as white. Ms Dolezal, who grew up alongside four adopted black siblings, says she connected with the experience of black Americans early on. It's hard to doubt her commitment. In addition to presenting herself as black, she married (and divorced) a black man, attended Howard University, America's most prestigious historically black college, and became president of an NAACP chapter. Though she admits to dabbling in some "creative nonfiction" about her racial background, Ms Dolezal continues to insist that she is not white. "I definitely am not white," she told Savannah Guthrie on NBC. "I'm more black than I am white. That's the accurate answer from my truth".

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Pick your poison

the economistJue, 18/06/2015 - 21:51

BY THE end of the oral argument in Walker v Sons of Confederate Veterans on March 23rd, the justices seemed caught between a Scylla and Charybdis. If they sided with the state of Texas, which had refused the Sons’ application to issue a special licence plate bearing the Confederate flag, the justices may be seen as giving state officials the green light to engage in official censorship. But a ruling in favour of the Sons would seem to force Texas to grant requests for licence plates with racial epithets, swastikas or paeans to terrorism, which may ultimately force the state to shut down its speciality plate programme altogether and forfeit the millions of dollars it collects from drivers each year.

Slippery slopes whichever way you turn.  

Today, a closely divided court took its chances with the Scylla. In a 5-4 ruling, the thoroughly pragmatic Justice Stephen Breyer Continue reading

The latest American mass killing

the economistJue, 18/06/2015 - 15:59

WE DO not yet know why a gunman entered a church in Charleston, South Carolina on Wednesday and killed nine people at a prayer meeting, but in a sense it does not matter. One searches for reasons in order to assign responsibility and to devise solutions, but in this case no one will accept responsibility, and no solutions will be devised. One might blame radical ideology; given that the gunman, who police suspect is 21-year-old Dylann Roof, is white and the victims black, it seems probable that the motives were rooted in racial hatred. But no modern American party, movement or politician embraces explicit racism. While some exploit more subtle forms of racial resentment, none would admit to any link to a mass killer. A South Carolina branch of the Ku Klux Klan has been on a last-ditch recruitment drive to save itself from extinction, but one expects even the KKK would dissociate itself from violence these days.

The massacre, then (like those in Continue reading

The 15-Second “Pep talk”(And more)

Tom PetersMié, 17/06/2015 - 22:33

Summary to a colleague of my recent 15-minute speech ("pep talk"): Don't worry about '21st century leadership' (my assigned topic). If you are just decent to people, listen instead of talk, respect and encourage them, are religious about 'managing by wandering around,' most things will work out. And I said that, in the end, taking […]

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Choosing battles

the economistMié, 17/06/2015 - 17:24

EVER since the Supreme Court announced a limited right to abortion choice with its Roe v Wade decision in 1973, pro-life activists have fought to chip away at the decision. Efforts to curb abortion have accelerated and diversified recently, with an impressive 231 separate regulations coming into effect in just the past four years. The Guttmacher Institute, a pro-choice organisation, notes that 15 years ago only 13 states had four or five abortion restrictions on the books, enough to be considered “hostile” toward abortion rights. Today, 27 states have this many curbs on abortion, and 18 of those have six or more restrictions, a legal framework that Guttmacher pegs as “extremely hostile” to a woman’s right to choose.

The past week has brought mixed news from Texas and North Carolina, two of these 18 “extremely hostile” states. A federal appeals court upheld regulations designed to curb abortion in Texas. Meanwhile a different appeals-court decision that Continue reading


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