The residents of Knollwood deserve an explanation for the high incidence of cancer-related sickness and death in their community. Their state representative, Thad McClammy, a member of the Alabama Legislature’s Health Committee, said he brought this matter to the attention of State Health officer, Dr. Donald Williamson, three years ago.
At the time, McClammy’s . . . → Read More: Knollwood Residents Deserve Answers on Cancer Incidence
My comments on criminalizing racial discrimination have generated a great deal of debate. For those yet to agree with my position, consider the following case: . . . → Read More: A Case For Criminalization
There are no other options. The only way to end race-based discrimination it to criminalize the behavior. Since its founding, America has moved along a tortured racial path. In 1776, the Declaration of Independence acknowledged a list of self-evident truths. Then, for four score and seven years, we proceeded to live a lie about . . . → Read More: Path of Racial Discrimination Ends With Criminal Statutes
In 1967, the United States Supreme Court declared state laws banning interracial marriage unconstitutional [Loving vs. Commonwealth of Virginia]. This decision opened the courthouse door for men and women of different races to marry, procreate and bring up their legitimate children anywhere in the United States. According to the 1992 U.S. Census, there are . . . → Read More: What’s Wrong With Biracial Label?
Traditionally, society does not consider a person racist for manifesting a culturally superior attitude about his or her language, religion, morality, manners or some other aspect of ethnicity. Such individuals are most often considered good citizens, proud of their family, community and heritage. Yet, contemporary American society is frequently labeling these individuals racist because . . . → Read More: Institutional Racism Still Oppresses
Major Cox and Lani Guinier. Martha's Vineyard, August 1993.
Did President Clinton need to sacrifice Lani Guinier, his long time friend and Yale Law School classmate, whom he nominated to head the Justice Department’s Civil Right Division? Were her ideas, as Mr. Clinton claims, “antidemocratic and very difficult to defend?” I think not. . . . → Read More: Writing, Thinking, Guinier’s Crimes