The Corner

The World Wide Web Is Not Colorblind

Just in time for Kwanzaa, and leading up to the inauguration of the Great Uniter, here is a reminder of just how far from unity we have drifted: a web browser for black people.

This comes courtesy of the Mozilla Foundation. Code-wise, Blackbird seems to be just Firefox in blackface. It comes with pre-set bookmarks to black fraternities and sororities, black news (“Bush Exit Strategy: Damage America”), bling vendors, and links to some of the innumerable black-only professional organizations like the National Society of Black Engineers.

“One nation … indivisible.” Well, that was a pleasant dream, wasn’t it? Brief, but pleasant.

(And now that Mozilla has done its duty to “the African American community,” perhaps they’ll figure out why I can’t install the Google toolbar on my Firefox browser.)

John Derbyshire — Mr. Derbyshire is a former contributing editor of National Review.

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