Seth Liebsohn speaks with Heather Mac Donald, a Thomas W. Smith Fellow at the Manhattan Institute and a contributing editor of City Journal, and author of the War on Cops, on the racism defense, and the crime problems in Baltimore.Read More »
“Black Panther” has made movie history as the first smash hit about a black superhero. But even as international audiences savor this splashy entertainment, it’s worth noting some necessary reservations.
The dialogue is full of clunky clichés, the plot is convoluted, the lavish sets and costumes look tacky and sometimes tawdry, and the special effects often fail to convince. Despite strong performances from a distinguished cast, the movie creates a totally fictitious African utopia that ignores fundamental truths about civilizations. The story centers on the fantasy kingdom of “Wakanda,” which, in carefully guarded isolation, has developed technological advances that lead the world.
In fact, isolation invariably produces stagnation, not progress. Moreover, Wakanda in the movie is a medieval, tribal society, choosing all-powerful rulers through trial by combat and magical incantations. In the real world, advancement and wellbeing grow reliably from democratic, free market institutions, not from authoritarian societies based on brutality and sorcery echoing Game of Thrones.
In the election of 1992 James Carville and Democrats famously said: “It’s the economy, stupid.” And they kept saying it through the reelection and the impeachment defense. Clinton argued that elites were disconnected from the kitchen table economic concerns of ordinary Americans and caught up in wedge issues and the politics of personal destruction.
Democrats argued against impeaching Clinton—for lying in his testimony about sexual misconduct—because it would threaten record highs in the Dow.
My how times have changed. Now the left plays down the importance of the economy. Newly minted pundit, Jay-Z argues on CNN that record lows in black unemployment don’t really matter.
Well they matter to the people who are getting out of the unemployment lines. They matter to their spouses and to their children. Low black unemployment matters to neighborhoods and whole communities.
To most of us, it’s still the economy that matters and politicians who ignore that fact are, well like the man said, stupid.Read More »
A major study from the Pew Research Center should reassure those of us who worry about the fragmentation of America based on race and ethnicity. Among the 43 million U.S. adults with Hispanic ancestry, a full 5 million don’t identify themselves as “Hispanic” or “Latino” at all.
Moreover, among families who’ve lived in the United States four generations or more—in other words, those with parents and grand-grandparents who are American born—Hispanic identification is only fifty-fifty. This means Latinos follow the familiar pattern of other immigrant groups, like the Irish or Italians, who de-emphasize ethnic identity after several generations in the U.S.
This contrasts with patterns of racial identity, where the great majority of African-Americans still describe themselves as black, even after several centuries in the U.S. Heavy intermarriage plays a big part in the increasingly rapid assimilation of Hispanics: among married third generation Latinos, the big majority—nearly two-thirds, in fact—have a non-Latino spouse.
Perhaps we’re not as fragmented as the pessimists presume.Read More »
Coulter makes the case that this is nothing new for the First Lady nor her husband. Their core belief is in “black power” with the matching fist pump in the air has simply been suppressed and redirected through fellow mouthpieces such as Attorney General Eric Holder and Valerie Jarrett. Coulter also does a wonderful job explaining how the fault lies not in poverty, crime, jobs or race but in black illegitimacy. She says when you take away out of wedlock births, there are no statistical differences between whites and blacks.Read More »