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      If Racial Profiling Is Wrong …

      “After a University of Nebraska at Lincoln student was sexually assaulted in her dormitory last month,” Inside Higher Ed reports, the university came under intense fire “by students who thought police should not have mentioned in a campus-wide bulletin that two men accused of sexual assault were black, believing that it reinforced harmful stereotypes.” The criticism was so vehement “that university officials are now re-evaluating when and how racial identifiers should be included in such warnings.”

      That is the first paragraph of my new essay?that has just been posted on Minding The Campus. In the remainder I ask, if it is wrong to mention the race of suspects, why is it not also wrong to mention their sex?

      More Advice For Joe Biden

      I recently gave some highly unsolicited advice to Joe Biden (here and here) as he presumably contemplates another run for the White House — namely, that if wants to distinguish himself from the progressive pack he should channel Hubert Humphrey in full-throated support for treating people without regard to race, creed, or color.

      Today on National Review Online Jim Geraghty, in discussing “Twenty Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Joe Biden,” offers the following as part of Number 2: that in 1975 he supported an amendment from Senator Jesse Helms

      that would bar the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare (HEW) from collecting any data about the race of students or teachers. In addition, HEW could not “require any school . . . to classify teachers or students by race.” Helms said explicitly, “This is an anti-busing amendment.” Biden surprised many supporters by declaring, “I have become convinced that busing is a bankrupt concept” and later calling it “an asinine policy.”

      Biden then introduced his own amendment, which declared that school systems could not use federal funds “to assign teachers or students to schools . . . for reasons of race,” which passed. Ed Brooke, a Massachusetts Republican and the first black senator ever to be popularly elected, called the vote on Biden’s amendment “the greatest symbolic defeat for civil rights since 1964.”

      Here’s my additional advice to Biden: in addition to channeling your younger (and, it would appear, wiser self) and Hubert Humphrey, you should also channel … Thurgood Marshall, who argued as an NAACP attorney in Brown v. Board of Education the following, quoted (along with many similar quotes from Marshall and his colleagues) here:

      • … racial distinctions in an of themselves are invidious;
      • The only thing that we ask for is that the state-imposed racial segregation be taken off, and to leave the county school board, the county people, the district people, to work out their own solution of the problem to assign children on any reasonable basis they want to assign them on.
      • JUSTICE FRANKFURTER: You mean, if we reverse, it will not entitle every mother to have her child go to a nonsegregated school in Clarendon County?
      • MR. MARSHALL: No, sir.
      • But my emphasis is that all we are asking for is to take off this state-imposed segregation. It is the state-imposed part of it that affects the individual children.
      • the state is deprived of any power to make any racial classification in any governmental field. (emphasis added)
      • … the Fourteenth Amendment took away from the states the power to use race.
      • Ever since the Emancipation Proclamation, the Negro has been trying to get what was recognized in Strauder v. West Virginia [100 U.S. 303 (1880)], which is the same status as anybody else regardless of race. (emphasis added)

      The problem, of course, is not simply that the current Biden supports what the early Biden opposed — classifying and assigning and preferring based on race. It is that virtually all elected Democrats no longer agree with what Democrats argued for generations, the positions argued for so long and so well by Humphrey and Marshall, so it is likely that Biden will continue not following my advice.

      Stay Tuned…

      The annual gathering of Classicists just exploded, followed by a maelstrom of Twitter twittering, when a questioner commented to a panelist that he had been hired (at Princeton) only because he’s black. Minding The Campus will publish and essay of mine on this todo shortly, which I will link here. Meanwhile, for background reading you […]

      McWhorter & Unz: Read These Two Articles Together

      Recent articles by John McWhorter, offering some not unsympathetic criticism of “third wave” anti-racist social justice warriors, and Ron Unz, similarly offering not unsympathetic criticism of the hole the alt-right has dug for itself, should be read together. Each deserves to be read on its own, but they are better read together. Unz’s 2012 article, […]

      Surprise! (Not) … It’s Trump’s/The Republican’s Fault!

      A little over a week ago I began “Government Shutdown Revisited: Causation/Responsibility/Blame And The Fallacy Of Conventional Wisdom” by noting, “Here we go again — with the looming possibility of another government shutdown and the frantic preliminary effort in the mainstream press and sympathetic circles to blame the Republicans.” Now that the shutdown is here […]

      Stuart Taylor Comments On Lawsuit Against Harvard Law Review

      [NOTE: Be sure to read the excellent comment to this post by George Washington University law professor John Banzhaf] Two days ago, in the post immediately preceding this one, I discussed “Another Discrimination Lawsuit Against Harvard,” this one against the Harvard Law Review for using racial and gender preference in selecting its editors. Stuart Taylor, […]

      Another Discrimination Lawsuit Against Harvard

      [NOTE: Be sure to read the post immediately after this one, “Stuart Taylor Comments On Lawsuit Against Harvard Law Review,” and the excellent comment on that post by George Washington University law professor John Banzhaf.] Another discrimination lawsuit against Harvard has been filed in federal district court in Massachusetts. A Texas-based group, Faculty, Alumni, and […]

      Government Shutdown Revisited: Causation/Responsibility/Blame And The Fallacy Of Conventional Wisdom

      Lame Defense Of Harvard … By Harvard’s Lawyer

      From Diverse Professors To Professors Of Diversity

      Stuart Taylor: Liberalism’s Poor Eyesight Causes Poor Insight

      Racism, Racialism, Racial Essentialism: Does Race By Any Other Name Smell Just As Sour?

      “Diversity” Rests On Racialist Assumptions

      Liberals Choose Douglas Over Lincoln

      Mismatch: Richard Sander v. The University of California

      Where There’s A Will There’s … No Way

      “… Trying To Stave Off The Stigma Of Affirmative Action”