Civil Rights

Who we are

Changes to the Constitution have increased enfranchisement of the electorate (every citizen, upon reaching the age of 18, is granted the right to vote, regardless of color, class, education, ethnicity or other superficiality in the eyes of the law) and granted us greater authority in choosing our leaders (for instance, the 17th Amendment allows senators to be chosen directly by the people of their respective states).

It is this history and coveted freedom that Americans should commemorate as they exalt their country this July 4, 2010 — a day to celebrate the generations of men and women who have sacrificed their time, energy and, often, their lives in order to build a better country.


Rand Paul accepts legalized private-sector racism, sexism, homophobia and discrimination against the handicapped

Make no mistake, Rand Paul is NOT a racist. He merely holds a very extreme view, at odds with the Constitution. He said, very clearly, to Rachel Maddow, that he would prefer the law not prohibit discrimination by private-sector firms that do not receive federal funds.

I have no doubt that in his life, Rand Paul treats all people fairly and decently. And I have always tried to be fair to Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas). In some areas, such as auditing the Federal Reserve, I agree with him.


How Clinton-era ‘diversity’ hobbled black progress in the South

Thirty years ago I had an essay in the Philadelphia Inquirer making the point that racial integration in the South had become a project primarily to satisfy the white liberal imagination of Northern people rather than to advance the economic progress of black people in the South. While the South had effectively integrated in the 1960s, the North and Philadelphia, where I lived, had not.


Miranda panders

Here's a badly needed Miranda Advisory for all the political and pundit blowhards: "You have the right to remain silent. Use it.”

It would be particularly worthwhile right now if it was taken to heart by all the opportunists who are trying to exploit fear by wildly criticizing officials who Mirandize suspected terrorists in their custody, even U.S. citizens.

They know such simple-mindedness gets voters riled up, which is the way they play the game. Never mind that constitutional rights are not games.


The unintended consequences of diversity

We must stop seeing diversity through the lens of race and ethnicity. Diversity in gender, age, religion, culture, geography and even our professions needs more critical thought and self-examination. As has often been shown throughout our nation’s history, diversity can undoubtedly be a positive force. However, there are too many shocking and absurd examples of how diversity can be quite malicious and divisive.


Racism under the radar screen

Congress has set the stage for institutionalizing racism in America. In a relatively underreported act of Congress, the House passed the Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act, which authorizes our government to give about one-third of Hawaii’s land to a sovereign entity representing Native Hawaiians. It set up a sovereign state within the state of Hawaii similar to reservations granted to Native Americans on the mainland. This act would also exempt Native Hawaiians from selected taxation and laws. This egregious act is based strictly on race and President Barack Obama promised to swiftly sign it if the Senate supports this bill.


Beware of your friends

I read an interesting front-page story in The New York Times about efforts by the pro-life movement to gain converts in the African-American community. As the story related, “Across the country, the anti-abortion movement, long viewed as almost exclusively white and Republican, is turning its attention to African-Americans and encouraging black abortion opponents across the country to become more active.

A new documentary, written and directed by Mark Crutcher, a white abortion opponent in Denton, Texas, meticulously traces what it says are connections among slavery, Nazi-style eugenics, birth control and abortion, and is being regularly screened by black organizations.”


Critics face sanctions

Three news stories in today’s New York Times report the continuing battle over criticism and the policies of governments to suppress it.


Nihilistic and repulsive comments by NOW President Terry O'Neil

Why are the relativists always the first to cast judgment on the religious, while the religious reserve judgment not so that their own beliefs will remain unchallenged, but because they either fear the reaction of those they’re judging or are trying to “judge not, lest [they] be judged” themselves?

Take a comment recently made by National Organization for Women (NOW) President Terry O’Neil upon learning that CBS will run a commercial during the Super Bowl paid for by Focus on the Family about Heisman winner Tim Tebow’s mother’s decision to oppose her doctor’s recommendation to abort Tim for medical reasons.


Remnants of old racism

Experience is all too often given short shrift. All too often, the ones who don't have it belittle the value of life’s and work's hard lessons.

But sometimes those who have accumulated those lessons haven't learned as much as they should. The comments by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) in 2008, that Barack Obama would succeed because he was "light-skinned" with "no Negro dialect," are a case in point.