Antiracists believe police abuse is based on race, but the statistics show it is based on class: almost everyone killed by the police in the US is poor, and police killings are racially proportionate to US poverty: 1/4 are black, 1/4 are Hispanic, and half are white. (For more, see Why #BlackLivesMatter should be #PoorLivesMatter.) Many black victims of the police are well known today, but white victims are quickly forgotten. This is convenient for the police—it makes the problem of police militarization look much smaller than it actually is.

Here are a few incidents with white victims that parallel…

People who care about the hardships of the very rich often claim Oprah Winfrey experienced racism in Switzerland. To make that claim, you have to ignore the statement of the working-class woman who served her.

From Switzerland Apologizes to Oprah for Treating Her Like a Pre-makeover Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman | Vanity Fair:

The owner of the luxury-goods shop, which has since been outed as Trois Pommes, is not in agreement, however. “This is an absolute classic misunderstanding,” Trudie Goetz told Reuters today. To CNN, she clarified, “Mrs. Oprah said she just wanted to look at the bag, she…

For most of my life, I believed the notion that inspired the Avenue Q song, “Everyone’s a little bit racist.”

Then, wondering how racist I was, I took the implicit association test for race at Project Implicit. I was scared. Was I a little racist or a lot? I didn’t think I was extremely racist, but I had been raised white in a society that valued whiteness — maybe I was more racist than I suspected.

The result:

Your data suggest a slight automatic preference for African American compared to European American.

That startled me. But when my wife and…

David Shankbone , CC BY 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Facts have no effect on faith, but people who are only ignorant are open to new information, so here are the facts that anyone who talks about Woody Allen’s personal life should know.

Hadley Freeman writes in ‘Do I really care?’ Woody Allen comes out fighting:

These are the facts: after Farrow alleged that Allen — never accused of any impropriety before or since — molested Dylan in her house in Connecticut, doctors examined her and found no physical evidence of abuse. Allen was then investigated by the Yale New Haven hospital’s sexual abuse clinic and New York City’s Child…

Some of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s critics on the right and left are sharing posts like this one by Shant Mesrobian:

These critics are confusing two distinct things:

  1. AOC deserves sympathy for what she endured. That her office is not “even in the building” is irrelevant. A violent mob invaded the Capitol, and AOC was among the people who were taken to a safer location. Her office is in the Capitol complex — had the mob continued to roam, they would have found the tunnel to her building. It was perfectly human for her to hear pounding on her door and fear…

When the Indiana Jones movies were released, I loved Raiders of the Lost Ark, hated The Temple of Doom, thought The Last Crusade was slight, and had no interest in seeing The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull so I skipped it.

Recently, I’ve been watching action movies while I exercise, so I decided to revisit Indiana Jones. I found Raiders of the Lost Ark holds up well. Marion Ravenwood is, like Indy, tough and competent. Sallah, Indy’s Egyptian friend, is fully capable in his own right, and so is a black supporting character, Simon Katanga, the captain of a cargo…

“Antisemitism is the Socialism of fools.” — Ferdinand Kronawetter

When Malcolm X was a member of the Nation of Islam, he accepted the cult’s antisemitic teachings. In 1963, Forward, a Yiddish newspaper, published this:

When Malcolm X was asked whether the Black Muslims are anti-Semitic, he replied: “Many Jews have guilt feelings when people talk about ‘exploitation.’ This is because they know that they control 90 percent of the businesses in black communities, from the Atlantic to the Pacific. And they benefit more from black buying power than blacks do from other parts of the white community. So they feel…

Because antiracists find racism everywhere, some insist Mickey Mouse’s gloves and spats are racist reminders of Jim Crow minstrel shows. The most entertaining version may be Ty Templeton’s The Gloves are Off!

I love Templeton’s comics, but the people he’s siding with are wrong. Here’s why:

1. Spats were popular with rich and poor for a decade after Mickey was created in 1928. One year earlier, Irving Berlin wrote Puttin’ On the Ritz, which opens:

Have you seen the well-to-do, up and down Park Avenue On that famous thoroughfare, with their noses in the air High hats and Arrow collars…

The rich love charity because imagining the appreciation of the poor makes them feel good. The rich love philanthropy even more because imagining the admiration of their peers makes them feel even better. They know as well as you and I do that neither charity nor philanthropy can stop the growth of the wealth gap.

What the rich won’t admit is that charity and philanthropy are not supposed to end poverty. …

In 2009, one of Harvard’s most famous scholars, Henry Louis Gates Jr., was arrested for disturbing the peace. Every race reductionist in the US insists the reason was racism, but it was actually about two things that are more fundamental to life in America: class and police power.

Before I provide the proof, here’s what’s indisputable:

Gates returned home from a trip to China and could not get his front door to open, so he went in through the back, then got the driver to help him force open the front door. A neighbor saw something unusual going on at…

Will Shetterly

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