Toni Morrison on losing privilege

The allocation of finite resources. It is at the bottom of everything, or at least so much. Including how we have notions of race and privilege. It is what makes the phrase, “From each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs” sound so benign except, for some, for its connection to Karl…

Seitz analogizes Lake Erie property owners to oppressed African-Americans?

No, seriously – I totally do not get this. The Daily Briefing reports on a court tussle between Ohio Department of Natural Resources and owners of property on Lake Erie regarding where property lines should be drawn.  Water touching land is one aspect, but property owners adding soil/sand to their property, most likely to combat…

Prediction: U.S. will be at Durban II

I don’t buy it.  I just don’t buy it. The U.S. is going to end up at Durban II.  I hope I’m wrong, but I’ve read enough finessed lingo over the years to guess where this is going. This pre-conference finagling and fussing is the genius and the danger of President Barack Obama, and I’ve…

Eric Cantor’s Solutions Center epitomizes GOP’s failure to understand, relate

After reading Eric’s post at Plunderbund about House Minority Whip Eric Cantor’s attempt to offer online answers to (his notion of) constituent concerns, here’s what I wrote in a comment at P-bund: What is most obviously out of touch about Cantor’s site is that it is geared ONLY toward people who: -already have a job…

[update] U.S. to boycott Durban II due to anti-Semitic, anti-Western attitudes

From JTA: The Obama administration has decided to boycott the so-called Durban II conference out of concerns for anti-Semitism. Multiple sources on a conference call with the White House on Friday told JTA that the Obama administration had opted not to attend any further preparatory meetings ahead of the planned U.N. conference against racism in…

First African American, and first woman selected as Columbia dean

From the Columbia University Spectator: Michele Moody-Adams, vice provost for undergraduate education and professor of philosophy at Cornell University, will become Columbia College’s next dean, assuming the mantle from Austin Quigley and becoming the first woman and first African American to hold the post. She will begin her tenure on July 1, 2009. Moody-Adams will…