The (black) host of NPR’s “It’s Been a Minute” and his (black) guest, who do not think they are being ironic or asking too much:

SANDERS: There is also an entire chapter on navigating an interracial friendship. And I’ve really enjoyed it. And y’all quote a poem that says, quote, “the first thing you do is forget that I’m Black. Second, you must never forget that I’m Black.” And this was advice on a white person trying to be a Black person’s friend. Wow, wow, wow, wow, wow. Unpack that for me because it’s a word.

SOW: Whew.

(Emphasis added.)

Oh, is that all?

 

Frederick Douglass

Frederick Douglass’s lengthy 1852 speech “What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?” is blistering in its critique of American immorality and hypocrisy on the issue of slavery:

Fellow-citizens, pardon me, allow me to ask, why am I called upon to speak here to-day? What have I, or those I represent, to do with your national independence? Are the great principles of political freedom and of natural justice, embodied in that Declaration of Independence, extended to us? . . .

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The Mohammed drawing will continue until it’s safe to draw Mohammed.

For the awesome Bosch Fawstin, pretty much every day is Draw Mohammed Day.

Mohammed's dream: Bosch Fawstin illustrating a children's Koran

Ex-Muslims of North America reprise some of the classics.

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Happy Easter!

April 12, 2020

“Praise to the Lord, the Almighty”, performed a cappella by the Eclipse 6

Happy Feast of St. Stephen!

December 26, 2019

As Seen In the classic Christmas carol “Good King Wenceslas”:

The children’s cartoon Phineas and Ferb is surprisingly traditional (and educational!) on the subject:

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In the tradition of Christian martyrs, Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., lost his life but won the war.  In the years after his assassination, his call for America to live up to her founding principles, his vision of all people treating all people as fellow human beings regardless of color, became the national consensus.

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A fascinating alternative perspective from the left, from an Alison Willmore, at Buzz Feed:

Why I’ve Had Trouble Buying Hollywood’s Version of Girl Power

I get the desire to take comfort in cheerful stories of women’s triumph, from Ocean’s 8 to On the Basis of Sex. But in 2018, I haven’t found them very comforting.

Girl Power

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When President Obama and the founding editor of National Review Online agree on something, it might be true.

Identity politics are bad.

Goldberg:

. . . Obama is right . . . . Slavery and Jim Crow were indisputably manifestations of identity politics. America’s system of legalized racism was just another form of aristocracy under a different name. And as such, it was a violation of the best ideas of the Founding. Perhaps the single most radical thing about the American Revolution was the decision to reject all forms of hereditary nobility.

It took longer — far too much longer — to recognize the rights and dignity of all Americans, but the idea that you should take people as you find them, and judge them not as a member of a group but as individuals, remains perhaps the greatest part of the American creed, regardless of whether you’re a liberal or a conservative.

Happy Thanksgiving!

November 21, 2018

I turned on the radio to find that today even NPR was singing about Jesus—even during Terry Gross’s Fresh Air!

How appropriate, for this week of Thanksgiving, that even NPR should sing praise to God.  We may not always remember it, but Thanksgiving is supposed to be all about God, about giving Him our thanks and even our service:

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I was listening to a podcast, and one of my favorite political and cultural commentators, Jonah Goldberg, happened to mention rates of interracial marriage as one possible measure of levels of racism in America over the years.  I was curious; so I looked them up.

interracial marrage, Pew _ PST_2017.05.15.intermarriage-00-05According to the Pew Research Center, between 1980 and 2017, intermarriage rates roughly tripled:

Share of black Americans marrying someone of a different race or ethnicity in 1980 — 5%
In 2015 — 18%

Share of white Americans marrying someone of a different race or ethnicity in 1980 — 4%
In 2015 — 11%

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Optical-illusion-type painting by Oleg Shuplyak of man's face made up of landscape, smaller man looking at viewer, and woman walking away

(Party in power nominates Mr. B.)

Opposition-party senators:  I will oppose this nomination with everything I’ve got.

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The Mohammed drawing will continue until it’s safe to draw Mohammed.

Ex-Muslims of North America (Facebook, Twitter) have a number of offerings to mark the occasion:

Have a Happy Draw Mohammed Day

Have a Happy #DrawMohammedDay!

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Happy new year and merry Tenth Day of Christmas!

This is just your friendly annual reminder to make sure you’re getting a balanced diet including at least some liberal and conservative media.*

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“The heart of the righteous studies how to answer,
But the mouth of the wicked pours forth evil.”

I kind of think Facebook should pin this at the top of every page, just as a friendly reminder.

Update (November 13th, 2017):

Also apropos:

“He who has knowledge spares his words,
And a man of understanding is of a calm spirit.

“Even a fool is counted wise when he holds his peace;
When he shuts his lips, he is considered perceptive.”

ScaliseCrutches2-715A good-news story, on a day when we could all use some good news:

“The first thing that came to my mind. I prayed, God, please don’t let my daughter have to walk up the aisle alone.”

. . .

Scalise, who was playing second base, was hit in the hip. When police downed the shooter, colleague Rep. Brad Westrup of Ohio, a veteran of Iraq, rushed to his side. Westrup saw no exit wound and realized from combat that internal damage was severe.

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Tiny and Joey

Wow.

Long-form journalism isn’t dead.

Also, man is fallen and his capacity for evil never ceases to amaze.

OK, for those without the time or the inclination to read the whole story from beginning to end at its own pace, here’s as good a summary by excerpt as any:

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(Madeleine Stowe as Cora Munro in the great Last of the Mohicans, 1992, on the spirit of America and freedom:

They do not live their lives “by your leave”! They hack it out of the wilderness with their own two hands, burying their children along the way.

)

Be Strong and Holy

May 21, 2017

St Sebastian Patron of Athletes, by Ralph LeCompteWorth meditating on:  Apparently the/a Greek word for “holy” also means “strong”.

In Christianity, we are called to sanctification, the lifelong process of cooperating more and more with God’s work to make us holy, pure and set apart for His service.  In one of the seeming paradoxes of Christian theology, this process also makes us spiritually stronger and stronger, even as it also makes us more and more dependent on God, the eternal Source of all goodness and love and power.

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A number of intrepid souls have contributed to the cause since the last time I covered drawing Mohammed:

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Chesterton.PNGI’ve been reading Chesterton lately (What’s Wrong with the World).  He was writing in a very different social context—in England, a hundred years ago—but a lot of it sounds surprisingly familiar.  Some of the dynamics between men and women, for example, may be more universal (and to a more specific level of detail) than I had assumed.

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