Friday morning round-up of links
I woke up wondering this morning if (apropos of all the race-based hate being expressed and talked about this week on the airwaves, with all the back-and-forth about Imus, Jackson, Sharpton, etc.) we as a nation aren't now reaping the sad harvest of decades of race-based policies designed to ameliorate the effects of racial discrimination (like Affirmative Action) but which have only served to increase the general amount of dissention and racial hatred.
Every time I have to fill out a form and must choose a box to check to describe my "race," I resent it. Every time I am typed or identified as a "white" or a "woman," and lumped in with some received idea of a stereotypical group presumed to represent me, I resent it. And in all the discussions on the airwaves this week I have heard from lots of angry blacks still simmering over historical discrimination against their race that did not happen to them (e.g. slavery), to the point where they feel justified and free to express and hold racial hatred against whites, despite decades of Affirmative Action and real progress in civil rights and social integration in this country.
Martin Luther King, Jr. would not be pleased by any of this.
Whoever decided that by focusing on the differences of heritage and skin color of us Americans (even if only to play favorites and hand out government goodies, power, or money to those "groups" deemed oppressed), we were going to increase peace, justice, harmony and understanding? It seems we have only increased racial hatred and strife--not so much among the whites as among the "victimized" class of blacks represented by the odious Al Sharpton and the equally ludicrous Jesse Jackson. Paradoxical, no?
And so, on into today's news of more of the same....
MICHELLE MALKIN GETS CALLED A "PROSTITUTE" ON THE AIR: No doubt there will be an Imus-like groundswell of outrage.
and this one:
ANDREA PEYSER wants the New York Times to apologize to the Duke Lacrosse players. Plus this: "But the biggest losers may be the ones you'll never hear about. These are the genuine victims of sexual assault: women who don't fabricate tales of brutality, or seek out the richest, whitest men to falsely accuse of forcing them into sex. Who will believe a rape victim now?"
UPDATE: More on the Times' coverage: "The worst journalist covering the case was the New York Times’ Duff Wilson."
Right. Betsy also weighs in on the ramifications of the Duke lacrosse case.
Victor Davis Hanson takes a look at Imus, Iran, and Illegal Aliens.
Power Line writes that "Sharia Descends in Minneapolis" and begins:
In her Star Tribune column yesterday Katherine Kersten reported on plans at Minneapolis Community Technical to accommodate Islamic ritual through the expenditure of MCTC funds to buy foot washers. One wonders how it can be that Islamic organizations can't provide for the religious needs of local Muslims....
I too wonder whatever happened to the separation of church and state so assiduously maintained in the public schools when it comes to Christianity or the mention of God (as opposed to Allah).