I've been watching the aftermath of the decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson (who is white) in the homicide of Michael Brown (who is black). The overwhelming majority of whites believe that the officer should not have been indicted. The overwhelming majority of blacks believe that the officer should have been indicted. Whites and blacks inhabit different worlds. Will they ever inhabit the same world? I'm not optimistic, especially with so many race hustlers out and about.
One would think that with United States forces already involved in an undeclared war in the Middle East against the Islamic State, President Obama would be most reluctant to surreptitiously increase our military commitment in Afghanistan rather than adhere to a pledge of last May that American troops would have no combat role in that country next year.
In “Mishandling Rape” (Sunday Review, Nov. 16), Jed Rubenfeld illustrates how poorly our academic institutions adjudicate sexual assault cases. Who is surprised? Next will we be asking small-business owners and corporations to adjudicate such criminal allegations within their own work forces?
Why should the manner in which an allegation of rape is handled depend on whether or not it occurred on a college campus? And why should issues of due process, evidence, legal protections, guilt or innocence, and punishment fall outside our courts at all? By setting standards for internal adjudication by universities, the government is abdicating its own judicial responsibilities.
If privacy concerns prevent most campus rape allegations from being brought before law enforcement where they belong, then our judicial system should modify its practices accordingly.
It may be true, as Nicholas Kristof points out, that many whites, even those who intellectually oppose racial inequality, are still guilty of, at the least, not noticing injustice. However, it may also be true that those who are striving for racial equality are in some ways promoting inequality.
I am a white, middle-class college senior, and I have recently applied to medical school. I can easily understand why supporters of racial equality would want to encourage young blacks to pursue a profession as a doctor. And sure enough, black applicants have up to a five times better chance of admission as white applicants with equal qualifications, according to statistics from the Association of American Medical Colleges.
I ask myself whether it makes sense that, in promoting racial equality, we should consider race as a factor in any decision. I must answer negatively. Equality is impossible until the question of race is no longer posed in any forum, including by those attempting to promote equality.
JARED BAIRD Washington, Pa., Nov. 16, 2014
Note from KBJ: I don't want an Affirmative Action doctor. Do you?
Ben Landon sent a link to this essay about modern American feminism. I hate to admit that I was once a feminist. Indeed, I was a radical feminist. I now believe that most feminist pronouncements are false. Many of them are outright lies, designed to dupe women (and men) into supporting progressive causes, such as abortion on demand and "equal pay for equal work." (I have yet to see a single case in which a woman and a man do the same work for different pay.) The world is a worse place today because of feminism. Women in particular have been hurt by it. The world of feminism is a girl's playworld, where real problems (such as the status of women in the Third World) are ignored and trifling matters (wolf whistles, "microaggressions," politically incorrect jokes, exclusive golf and country clubs) are turned into horrors.
My beloved Arizona Wildcats (9-2), who beat the Utah Utes yesterday, vaulted from 15th to 12th in the latest poll. The Cats leapt over cross-state rival Arizona State (9-2), which is 13th. The teams meet on Friday (in Tucson) for statewide bragging rights. If the Cats win and UCLA loses to Stanford, the Cats win the Pac-12 South and go to the Pac-12 championship game (against North winner Oregon) in Santa Clara (a neutral site) on 5 December. Bear down!