From William Lloyd Garrison to Trent Lott. (From the June 7, 1999 issue of The Weekly Standard.)11:00 PM, Dec 16, 2002 • By ALVIN S. FELZENBERG
All on Fire
William Lloyd Garrison and the Abolition of Slavery
St. Martin's, 707 pp., $32.50
IN 1984, in Biloxi, Mississippi, deep in the heart of the old Confederacy, the future Senate majority leader Trent Lott declared that "the spirit of Jefferson Davis" now lives in the Republican party.
It's a mystery quite how the party of Abraham Lincoln, born in the moral outrage of the great northern abolitionists, could become in the minds of some of its most visible modern leaders the party of Davis. To some, Davis's legacy may seem one of support for states' rights.
Trent Lott apologizes, over and over.Dec 23, 2002, Vol. 8, No. 15 • By STEPHEN F. HAYES
AFTER A WEEK of confusion, Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott held a press conference Friday in an attempt to clarify his position on segregation. "Segregation is a stain on our nation's soul," said Lott. "Let me be clear: Segregation and racism are immoral."
Stop for a moment and think about that. Almost half a century after the Supreme Court's landmark ruling in Brown v.
From the Dec. 9, 2002 Dallas Morning News: The law plainly tilts against the University of Michigan's race-conscious admissions policy.11:00 PM, Dec 10, 2002 • By TERRY EASTLAND
UPON LEARNING that the Supreme Court had accepted the big affirmative action cases involving her campus, University of Michigan president Mary Sue Coleman said about the only thing that she could, which was that "we are looking forward to presenting our cases." Ms. Coleman's--and Michigan's--problem is the law, and the law tilts pretty plainly against the school's race-conscious admissions policies.
Before the court are lawsuits challenging the policies used by the undergraduate and law schools.
Our author, "just your average white girl," sees if she has what it takes to get into the University of Michigan.11:00 PM, Dec 10, 2002 • By BETH HENARY
A GROUP OF STUDENTS at the University of Michigan have devised a tool that might have saved me several hours of nail-biting, and perhaps hundreds of dollars in application fees, had it existed for my school of choice when I applied to college. The staff of the Michigan Review, a conservative campus biweekly newspaper, has dedicated a section of its website to explaining the university's point system for undergraduate admissions.
Trent Lott's comments might hurt the Republican party's efforts to defend the Declaration's principles of true equality before the law.11:00 PM, Dec 9, 2002 • By STEPHEN F. HAYES
"IT IS NOT A SMALL THING for one of the half-dozen most prominent political leaders in America to say that our problems are caused by integration and that we should have had a segregationist candidate," said former Vice President Al Gore on CNN's "Inside Politics" yesterday. "That is divisive and it is divisive along racial lines."
Gore was referring to Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott's tribute late last week to Strom Thurmond, who ran for president as a segregationist Dixiecrat in 1948. And Gore, who knows a thing or two about "being divisive along racial lines," is right.
"Uncle Tom's Cabin" after a century and a half.Dec 16, 2002, Vol. 8, No. 14 • By ALGIS VALIUNAS
THE CLOSE OF 2002 brings with it the close of the 150th anniversary of the publication of "Uncle Tom's Cabin." But you would hardly have known it from America's premier journals and magazines, which showed little interest in giving "Uncle Tom's Cabin" its due in the course of the year. No other book before or since has had so dramatic an effect on American consciousness--or American history--as Harriet Beecher Stowe's epoch-making novel.
A bad idea whose time has come . . . again and again and again.Dec 2, 2002, Vol. 8, No. 12 • By HEATHER MAC DONALD
THE COUNTRY IS ON THE BRINK OF WAR, it faces the likelihood of another terrorist attack, and the New York Times is worried that Americans are not paying enough attention to race and gender.
There she goes again: Mary Berry is up to her old tricks.11:00 PM, Nov 21, 2002 • By BETH HENARY
EARLIER THIS WEEK, four commissioners of the United States Commission on Civil Rights vehemently objected to a draft of a report made public by their own agency. The commissioners, Abigail Thernstrom, Jennifer Braceras, Peter Kirsanow, and Russell Redenbaugh, said they were not consulted in the writing process and that they disagreed with the report's findings. The document, "Beyond Percentage Plans: The Challenge of Equal Opportunity in Higher Education," was produced by commission staff and is available at www.usccr.gov.
Bill Moyers, Dick Armey, Texas, Oregon, and more.11:00 PM, Nov 17, 2002 • By
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Beth Henary's Things Go Right in Texas does a great job of capturing what happened here in Texas during the 2002 election. As for that "latent Democratic base" of voters, I think they may be in more trouble than just having lost all the state wide races, and control of the legislature.
In the Lone Star State Republicans won 16 state-wide elections and now control all 29 state-wide offices. Are Texas Democrats doomed?11:00 PM, Nov 6, 2002 • By BETH HENARY
TUESDAY NIGHT, the Texas GOP delivered for former governor George W. Bush--in grand fashion. Besides holding the governor's mansion and the Senate seat vacated by retiring senator Phil Gramm, the party refused to concede any statewide office to a Democrat, leaving the Democrats' representation at the highest levels of Texas government at zero.
Republicans didn't just beat their opponents; they pummeled them. With 90 percent of precincts reporting, Governor Rick Perry and U.S. senator-elect John Cornyn led their opponents Tony Sanchez and Ron Kirk by 18 and 12 points, respectively.
Are Republicans really trying to keep African-Americans from voting?2:45 AM, Nov 6, 2002 • By STEPHEN F. HAYES
NO ONE should have been surprised when Terry McAuliffe, head of the Democratic National Committee, released a statement yesterday afternoon suggesting Republicans set out to intimidate minority voters.
Democratic dirty tricks continue, in Maryland, New Hampshire, and at the DNC.4:35 PM, Nov 5, 2002 • By JONATHAN V. LAST
THIS AFTERNOON DNC chairman Terry McAuliffe put out an alarming statement:
"We have seen 'anonymous' fliers displayed in predominantly African American communities in Baltimore, MD, with an incorrect Election Day date, warning voters to make sure their parking tickets are paid, their rent is not overdue, and they take care of any outstanding warrants before they go vote.
"A spokesman for the Maryland Republican candidate for Governor Bob Ehrlich was quoted saying their campaign plans include deploying off-duty police officers as poll watchers on Election Day.
California Assemblywoman Jackie Goldberg wants the public to know how diverse the state's companies are.12:00 AM, Sep 6, 2002 • By BETH HENARY
PRO-BUSINESS GROUPS in California are railing against a bill that would require businesses and labor organizations to report racial and gender figures to the state every year. The bill's sponsor says it is designed to "put a little pressure" on companies and unions whose demographics don't mirror those of their respective communities. Businesses believe it could provide fresh meat for trial lawyers.
Passed by both legislative houses in late August on party-line votes, AB 1309 awaits signature on California governor Gray Davis's desk.
The Sixth Circuit custom-designs a majority for affirmative action.May 27, 2002, Vol. 7, No. 36 • By DOV B. FISCHER
IN GRUTTER V. BOLLINGER, the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati last week upheld racial and ethnic preferences in admissions to the University of Michigan Law School. Liberals are celebrating a rare victory for affirmative action in the courts. However, the more profound impact of Grutter may lie in the manipulation of the court to achieve this outcome, exposed by some of the dissenting judges.
Thus, along with his dissent, Judge Danny J.
California governor Gray Davis weighs in on behalf of slave reparations.May 27, 2002, Vol. 7, No. 36 • By DEBRA J. SAUNDERS
California is the last place that ought to be embroiled in the slave reparations controversy. Slavery was never legal in the state. There were no plantations. Its ports were not slave trade centers--wrong coast.
Nonetheless, California has become the first state to step into the reparations game. The legislature two years ago passed, and Democratic governor Gray Davis signed, a bill requiring insurers doing business in the state to provide information on any slave policies they or predecessor companies had issued.