Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about today.
- Abdul-Jabbar: Insulting Colin Kaepernick says more about our patriotism than his
What should horrify Americans is not Kaepernick’s choice to remain seated during the national anthem, but that nearly 50 years after Ali was banned from boxing for his stance and Tommie Smith and John Carlos’s raised fists caused public ostracization and numerous death threats, we still need to call attention to the same racial inequities. Failure to fix this problem is what’s really un-American here.
- Paul Krugman: The economy of race prevents Medicare and Obamacare expansion
Medicaid expansion, Krugman noted, disproportionately benefits nonwhite Americas, and voters in red states — particular the white ones — “don’t like the idea of helping neighbors who don’t look like them.” Instead, they elect politicians who paper over racism with the thin clapboard “fiscal responsibility” and deny access to healthcare to millions in their states.
- The debate about trigger warnings and safe spaces isn’t really about free speech
This debate is not really about pure free speech. No argument ever is. It’s about speech norms and who gets to set them. I think a coherent argument can be made that since colleges are institutions, the institutional authorities rather than the students ought to get to set them. That’s the way institutions work. But it’s a very different argument than free speech, if I may be so unsafe as to say.
- Who Is Ultimately Responsible For The Vicious Hack Targeting Leslie Jones?
If you’re a white man who believes that minorities and women are seizing too much of the power once reserved for other white men, Leslie Jones is the most dangerous woman on the internet.