President Joe Biden delivers remarks on lowering the cost for American families Friday, April 22, 2022, at Green River College in Auburn, Washington. (Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz) President Joe Biden delivers remarks on lowering the cost for American families Friday, April 22, 2022, at Green River College in Auburn, Washington. (Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz)

Biden Less Popular Than Worst President Ever

He’s underwater and not going to take it anymore.

The Anglicization of Spanish Place Names

You-VAL-dee? You-VAHL-day? Oo-VAHL-deh?

Princeton Fires Creepy, Lying Professor Who Happened to be Conservative

There’s much more to the story than meets the eye.

The Identity Politics of Identity Politics

Who gets to claim Latino heritage?

Two Years After George Floyd

Very little progress has been made towards racial justice.

Michael Langley to be 1st Black Marine 4-Star General

A long-overdue milestone has been reached.

Just Move If You Don’t Like it Here!

There are many barriers to true freedom.

Neal Adams, 1941-2022

The legendary comic book artist is gone at 80.

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Life Ain’t Fair, College Edition

The SAT is a poor measure of college aptitude but it’s better than most others.

Respectability Politics

A Black columnist argues that Will Smith set back a whole race.

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Talking Past Each Other

A post that’s only tangentially related to cancel culture.

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The Right Is Having A Hard Time Framing Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson As An Extremist

If this is the best they have, they don’t have a lot

Some Thoughts on “Cancel Culture”

Thomas gets the ball rolling, and I take off from there.

Virginia’s Youngkin Already ‘Underwater’

The Commonwealth’s undemocratic political system is, shockingly, unrepresentative of the will of its people.

Are Helmet Laws Racist?

Surprisingly, yes.

Dan Patrick’s Attack on Tenure in Texas

His attacks are, in fact, the best case for tenure.

More Rogan (but not Just Rogan)

Musings about US politics and culture.

Why Was Whoopi Goldberg Suspended?

Since when is it a crime to say stupid things on “The View”?

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[Updated 1/31] Both Sides Are NOT the Same: “Banned” Book Edition

People, details do in fact matter!

Race and the Myth of Meritocracy: Supreme Court Edition

When “obviously qualified” apparently isn’t enough

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In honor of MLK, some dubious tweets & a lesser-known speech

Once again, today marks a day where folks who would never have supported Dr. King decide they should praise him

Violence Inequality

The safety gap between affluent, white and poor, minority communities has grown over the last three decades.

Sidney Poitier, 1927-2022

A pioneering Black actor is gone at 94.

Mayberry and White America

When life doesn’t imitate art.

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Vigilante Politics

We’re likely to see more instances like the Capitol Riot and the Kyle Rittenhouse shootings.

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Two Confederate Statues Meet Their Fate

Two controversial monuments are gone.

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Tribal Lenses and Criminal Justice

Our reactions to recent murder trials tells us a lot about our divided country.

Justice for Ahmaud Arbery

A just verdict—but just a verdict.

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The Middle Ain’t Woke

The average American is neither progressive nor all that interested in politics.

Vice President Kamala Harris talks on the phone with French President Emmanuel Macron Monday, Feb. 15, 2021, at the Blair House in Washington, D.C. Vice President Kamala Harris talks on the phone with French President Emmanuel Macron Monday, Feb. 15, 2021, at the Blair House in Washington, D.C.

Kamala Harris’ Frustrating Start?

A weird new narrative has emerged.

Racial Impacts of the Interstate in Montgomery, AL

Another example for the conversation.

Buttigieg and Critical Road Theory

Mayor Pete is being mocked for telling obvious truths.

Youngkin, GOP Sweep Virginia

It’s usually more effective to run for something rather than against someone.

Colin Powell, 1937-2021

The trailblazing soldier-statesman has died at 84.

ESPN, Jock Culture, and Jon Gruden

Is the Worldwide Leader responsible oblivious to bigotry?

Jon Gruden ‘Resigns’ After Racist, Sexist, Homophobic Emails Revealed

A spectacular fall for a man who has been at the center of the football world for three decades.

Who Decides American History?

Legislatures and school boards politicize what our kids are taught.

Capitol Riots Day 1 Analysis

An emotional day set the tone for the investigation.

A Little Monday Tab Clearing

Several stories, not enough time for full write-ups.

Is Ben Shapiro NPR in Reverse?

Oh, FFS.

Heir’s Property and FEMA Relief

Another example of structural racism.

An Example of Illegal Voting

An arrest underscores what the problem isn’t.

Culture Wars the Liberals’ Fault?

Some people claim there’s a woman to blame.

‘Conservatives’ and Critical Race Theory

New York Times columnists are not a representative sample.

Educational Diversity and Structural Racism

Critical race theory rears its ugly head yet again.

First Capitol Rioter Sentenced Gets No Jail Time

The second won’t be so fortunate.

How Critical Race Theory Suddenly Hit the Mainstream

A pandemic and the rise of Zoom meetings unleashed an academic theory into the wild.

SBC Picks a New Leader

And linkages to broader US politics.