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Trump and the white nationalists

I’ll give Donald Trump the benefit of the doubt: when he declared last summer that Mexican immigrants to the US were drug traffickers and rapists, he probably didn’t realize the kind of people with whom that would resonate most deeply.
Like white nationalists and neo-Nazis.
And I hope no one is shocked to learn that people who [...]

Observations on Charleston

I was away from home (and a reliable Internet connection) last week, and I want to thank Sarah for posting about the awful massacre at the African-American church in Charleston, South Carolina.
But I do want to make a few observations of my own. Here is something I posted a couple of days ago in response [...]

Fringe candidate in Kentucky runs on slogan: “With Jews We Lose”

I’d be shocked if the antisemitic white supremacist Robert Ransdell– running as a write-in candidate for the US Senate from Kentucky– gets more than half a percent of the vote.
What’s more disturbing is that his noxious campaign signs are popping up in northern Kentucky, and he has plans to post hundreds more throughout the state.

Unlike [...]

On Slave Reparations: A response to Boonin: 2. Recipients and beneficiaries

This is the second post in a series of three responding to the arguments made in favour of reparations for slavery by David Boonin in his book, Should Race Matter? Unusual Answers to the Usual Questions. The first post can be seen here.
As I commented in my last post, Boonin argues that “the U.S government has [...]

On Slave Reparations: A response to Boonin: 1. Causation

In 2011 Cambridge University Press published philosopher David Boonin’s book, Should Race Matter? Unusual Answers to the Usual Questions. Chapters 2 and 3 of the book deal with the idea that America owes slave reparations to its black population. In 2001 the conservative commentator David Horowitz wrote Ten Reasons Why Reparations for Blacks is a Bad Idea [...]

Racism at the Libertarian Alliance

On Tuesday evening I attended a talk by Dr. Jan Lester entitled “A Critical Commentary on the Zwolinski 2013 ‘Libertarianism and Liberty’ Essays on” It was hosted by the Libertarian Alliance at the Institute of Education in London. In itself it was an interesting talk, although it was largely an argument by one self-declared [...]

North Korea denounces “crossbreed” Obama

George Galloway, Andrew Murray and Dennis Rodman notwithstanding, the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea is, as I observed some years ago, the most Nazi-like, openly racist state on the face of the earth.
More evidence of the North Korean obsession with racial purity emerged in a recent screed from the regime’s Korean Central News Agency.
In terms [...]

On inviting your enemies to talk

It’s good to see Daryl Davis carrying on in the brave and honorable tradition of Ann Atwater.
Davis, a black musician, has made a project of befriending Ku Klux Klan members and persuading them to leave the group. He collects the robes and hoods of those who do.
“A lot of people have anti-racist groups. They get [...]

Waiting for the Fascists

What a lot there has been about the turning of Tommy Robinson, once leader of the EDL.
I don’t want to make light of the fear the EDL inspired in Asian shopkeepers who were victims of their haphazard campaign against Islamic extremism, but I always thought they were a feeble lot compared to the real horrible [...]

Where’s Bayard Rustin’s statue?

This is a cross-post by Paul Canning

It is especially pleasing to see as part of the remembrance of the fiftieth anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom the rehabilitation of Bayard Rustin, a lost gay hero or a lost hero full-stop.
As, of all people, Robert Turner of Log Cabin Republicans put it in [...]