Tag: civil rights

Jason Riley’s Brilliant Take on Daniel Patrick Moynihan


Riley-JasonI’m late in coming to it, but in the Wall Street Journal earlier this month Jason Riley published an enormously powerful article marking the fiftieth anniversary of Daniel Patrick Moynihan’s report, “The Negro Family.”

“The fundamental problem is that of family structure,” wrote Moynihan, who had a doctorate in sociology. “The evidence—not final but powerfully persuasive—is that the Negro family in the urban ghettos is crumbling….”

He goes on:

The Pernicious Lie: Liberals, Civil Rights, and Southern Voting Patterns


On Facebook today, a liberal friend claimed that “[racist] Democrats fled to the Republican party when the [Democrats] started talking about civil rights legislation.” I pointed out that that was completely untrue. The only prominent Democrat who became a Republican was Strom Thurmond who — as a Democrat — famously ran for president on a pro-segregation platform and filibustered civil rights legislation in the Senate; as a Republican, though, he had black staff, and voted to make Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birth a national holiday and Clarence Thomas an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court. In contrast, George Wallace, Robert C. Byrd, Bull Connor, Orval Faubus, etc. all stayed Democrats.

I asked him why — if his narrative were true — Southerners continued to support Democrats for more than 30 years after the Civil Rights Movement. To which he replied, “My point was the [Democrats’] hold on the South began to die with the Civil Rights Act. That was when the GOP started to gain traction.” I again replied that that was completely untrue; Democrats maintained their grip on the South well into the 1990s.

Selma Won’t Win an Oscar Because of Democrat Distortions


Martin_Luther_King,_Jr._and_Lyndon_Johnson_3God cannot alter the past, though historians can. Samuel Butler

The movie Selma is about Dr. Martin Luther King’s march from Selma to Montgomery to help the Voting Rights Act get passed. It’s a good movie, but there is one major historical inaccuracy and one major historical omission.

The antagonist to Dr. King in the movie is President Johnson, who is shown trying everything to stop the march, even underhanded and unseemly things involving the FBI. Transcripts of talks between LBJ and King, however, show that LBJ not only supported King’s agitations, he encouraged them.

The Libertarian Podcast: The Reparations Debate


On this week’s installment of the Libertarian podcast, I lead Richard through an in-depth discussion of the reparations debate touched by off Ta-Nehisi Coates’ recent cover story in the Atlantic. Among the questions we discuss: are reparations reconcilable with the principles of classical liberalism? Why is this issue gaining newfound currency now? And what would constitute the single biggest improvement to race relations in modern America? Take a listen below:


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I have a very unusual position on American civil rights politics: I hate every bit of it, from judicial activism to anti-discrimination laws to affirmative action.  I feel this way because I’m partially disabled, a group that probably ranks #2 in the list of most discriminated against minorities (the transgendered being #1).  Speaking from personal […]

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