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The Washington Post Smears the Center’s Katherine Kersten

Last week a reporter from the Washington Post, Rebecca Tan, emailed the Center's Katherine Kersten, asking to interview her for an article Tan was writing. Per our usual practice, our communications director, Katie Fulkerson, called Ms. Tan to see what it was all about. According to our recording of the conversation, Tan said that she was writing an article about local governments across the country who are taking on "racial equity initiatives." Tan said that she already had submitted "a final draft to my editor" but was trying to "add a couple of perspectives before we move forward with it."...

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Augsburg Faces Backlash After Professor’s Suspension Over “N-Word” Controversy

Augsburg University's suspension of a respected history and medieval studies professor who quoted a passage from a James Baldwin book that included the "N-word" in an honors seminar has ignited an intense debate over academic freedom on campus. Professor Phillip Adamo was suspended in October but the controversy only came to light recently after Augsburg took further steps to sanction him. The American Association of University Professors (AAUP) has come to Adamo's defense raising concerns over "the climate for academic freedom at Augsburg" and due process on campus. The AAUP’s Department of Academic Freedom, Tenure, and Governance has sent a letter to the president...

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Duluth Teachers File Complaint Over “Huck Finn” and “Mockingbird” Ban

Duluth public school teachers deserve extra credit. A year after the administration banned "To Kill a Mockingbird" and "Huckleberry Finn" from the curriculum, faculty members refuse to back down or cave to political correctness. Seventeen teachers have just signed a letter to the administration, curriculum director and school board, criticizing the district's ham-handed decision. The impact of this decision and the process behind it is significant. English teachers are angry and demoralized. The district is about to spend a lot of money to implement a book that is not engaging and simply makes a lateral move from discussing the historical oppression...

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Minnesota teachers are judged solely by the color of their skin; asked to change curriculum for black students.

While we are still thinking about the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., I wanted to bring a startling development to your attention: public school teachers are being subjected to on-the-job mental abuse and bullying. Teachers are being told they are white supremacists by people who judge them solely on the basis of their skin color. They are forced to listen to crude language (so they could better understand black culture), and then blamed, as whites, for the achievement gap. The kicker? Teachers are being asked to change the "white curriculum" to accommodate black students. Who does this serve? Certainly not teachers...

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Martin Luther King, Colorblind Radical

He flirted with democratic socialism and opposed the Vietnam War but stood against identity politics. By Coleman Hughes To honor Dr. King on MLK day I’m sharing an excellent column run Friday in the Wall Street Journal by an impressive Columbia University undergraduate named Coleman Hughes.  Normally I just excerpt the best parts of a piece but this entire op-ed merits your attention. Monday marks Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which means it’s time for the political commentariat to fight its yearly battle for King’s legacy. For critics of identity politics on the left and right, King’s appeals to common humanity over racial division...

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Florida’s Gubernatorial Primary and Memories of Howard Cosell

During a 1972 broadcast of an NFL game, Howard Cosell said of Mike Adamle, an undersized white football player, “Look at that little monkey run!”  History records no controversy following his remark. Eleven years later, during the broadcast of a Monday Night Football game, Cosell said of Alvin Garrett, an undersized African American football player, “That little monkey gets loose, doesn’t he?”  Controversy followed this time, with various people saying quite bad things about Cosell.  To which he responded, with emphasis, that he was ecumenical in calling speedy short people “monkeys” all the time, including his grandchildren, and that there was...

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Anti-Janus Outrage: Allegations of Racism, Authoritarianism Alleged by Desperate Unions

In the wake of the Supreme Court's landmark Janus ruling, unions are in a state of outrage as workers are now allowed to leave. Pro-union media is raining down accusations of racism and authoritarianism on the part of SCOTUS, in attempt to to frighten union workers into maintaining their memberships. Fortunately, the facts remain, and after the media hype subsides, long term positive change is slated to take place. ...

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