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Bound for Glory

To my astonishment (honestly) WAD got reviewed in Time magazine. The reviewer didn’t much like it; but then, I don’t much like Time much, so that’s a wash.

The remark about “repellent racial and gender stereotyping” refers to my having mentioned the male/female gap in voting, and the black-Hispanic/white-Asian gaps in school test scores. Which of course it was wrong of me to mention. Because they don’t exist. Absolutely not. And if they did exist, which of course they don’t, it would still be wrong to mention them.

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Jussie Smollett’s story has always sounded a little . . . extraordinary. Smollett, who appears on the television series Empire, says he was attacked on the streets of Chicago at 2 a.m. by two men who shouted racial and homophobic abuses at him, beat him, doused him with bleach, and fastened a noose around ... Read More
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Let’s Chill about Hate Crimes

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