Lido Pimienta Thinks Racially Segregating Her Audiences Will Fight Racism?

The broadly-labeled “world music” or “world beat” musical genre was enormously popular from the late ‘80s through the late ‘90s and, for me as a musician, exciting and inspirational. Musicians from Mali to Croatia to Brazil found themselves collaborating with the biggest First World pop stars of the day to produce uniquely multicultural sounds. Peter … Continued

Entertainment

Why are We Condescending to Indigenous People on Columbus Day?

If we could do it all over, things would be different. That seems to be Americans’ attitude toward the way we treated indigenous people. In a new survey by the polling firm YouGov, released in time for Columbus Day (now renamed Indigenous Peoples Day by various localities including, most recently, Los Angeles), Americans say that … Continued

Politics

In Defense of Bourgeois Culture—and Professor Amy Wax

Reading Amy Wax’s CV is a profoundly humbling experience. Wax graduated summa cum laude from Yale College with a degree in molecular biophysics and biochemistry. Then she did a Marshall Scholarship at Oxford before earning a medical degree from Harvard. She also gained admission to Harvard Law School, and ultimately received her J.D. from Columbia, … Continued

Culture

ESPN Virtue-Signals Its Way to Well-Deserved Ridicule

Many people rejoiced when Barack Obama won the 2008 election. Many declared we were in a post-racial America. It didn’t take long before we realized that was all a myth. Racial divisions still run deep in the United States and Barack Obama didn’t help heal them. As much as he seemed to present himself as … Continued

Politics


Why Social Justice Warriors Think It’s OK to Be Racist Towards Asians

It happens all too often to Americans of Asian ancestry. They are walking home on a crowded street, and someone bumps into them and shouts, “Go back to China!” When it happened last year to Michael Luo, a New York Times journalist, he started the hashtag #ThisIs2016, and Asian-Americans shared their stories. It happened to … Continued

Culture

What a Racist Chinese Ad Can Teach Us About Being American

On May 26, Donald Trump earned the delegates needed to clinch the Republican nomination. That same day, Shanghaiist reported on a controversial Chinese ad that would later go viral in the West and be labeled “the most racist ad ever.” What do these two news events happening halfway across the world have to do with … Continued

Politics

Blake Lively Isn’t Racist. She’s Vain.

You know a country’s lost its mind when people wail about a wrong that was not committed and ignore entirely a wrong that was. That’s exactly what happened last week when actress Blake Lively was mercilessly skewered on social media. The always lovely Lively took to Instagram to post a split shot of herself posing … Continued

Celebrities

Gap Ad ‘Controversy’: When Social Justice Warriors Cry Wolf

Advertising has become Ground Zero in the culture wars. Companies aren’t just out to sell their products; they are out to make a statement. Two years ago a General Mills commercial for Cheerios featured gay dads and their adopted child of another race. The spot earned the cereal company millions in free media, with coverage … Continued

Culture

Hollywood Plays “Who’s the Biggest Victim?” Game

Actress Julie Delpy should have known she was doomed to defeat in her artless attempt to displace African-Americans as bigger victims of discrimination in Hollywood. Given the highly publicized outrage about the upcoming Oscar’s lack of non-white nominees, Delpy’s comments that “sometimes I wish I were African American,” and “nothing worse than being a woman … Continued

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