No excuse for racial gap in education

Mona Charen Abigail and Stephen Thernstrom have produced a book that should rock the nation. “No Excuses: Closing the Racial Gap in Learning” is a brilliant analysis of what ails American education today. Though the Thernstroms will doubtless receive a certain amount of abuse for tackling this sensitive subject, no fair-minded person reading this scholarly […]

Education does not come from money

Walter Williams “Excellent schools deliver a clear message to their students: No Excuses. No excuses for failing to do your homework, failing to work hard in general; no excuses for fighting with other students, running in the hallways, dressing inappropriately and so forth.” That’s part of the prescription for ending educational mediocrity discussed in Abigail […]

Affirmative action benefits apply to every race

Leonard Pitts Jr. I guess I touched a nerve. That much seems apparent from the dozens of responses to my recent column about a hospital in Abington, Pa., where a white man asked that no black doctors or nurses be allowed to assist in the delivery of his child. The hospital agreed, a decision I […]

Limbaugh’s comments clearly not racist

Walter Williams Rush Limbaugh’s comment on ESPN regarding Philadelphia Eagles’ quarterback Donovan McNabb was: “I don’t think he’s been that good from the get go. I think what we’ve had here is a little of social concern from the NFL. The media has been desirous that a black quarterback do well.” Kweisi Mfume, NAACP’s president, […]

Racism’s biggest blow is impersonality

Leanard Pitts Jr. It was over before we could do anything. This is maybe 25 years ago. A bunch of us had left work and gone to Westwood, the shopping district in west L.A., for dinner and a movie. We were walking down the street laughing and talking, most of us black, one or two […]

Money not a cure for education problems

Thomas Sowell Everyone knows that black students in general do not perform as well in school as white students, much less Asian American students. But few realize how painfully large the gap is. Even fewer know that there are particular black schools, even in low-income neighborhoods, where students perform above the national average. Discussing racial […]

Better symbol needed for police brutality

By Leonard Pitts Maybe they should have beaten the crap out of Denzel Washington. I say that thinking of the time an Oprah Winfrey fan said she never fully appreciated the tragedy of slavery until she saw a picture of her idol dressed as human chattel, her body scarred by the whip. It struck her […]

Expect to see people lying about race

By Walter Williams The recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Grutter vs. Bollinger permits colleges to award a “plus” to black, Hispanic and American Indian student applications for admission. As sure as night follows day, we can expect racial fraud. You can bet the rent money that the number of white students identifying themselves on […]

Beetles taking over West Texas

By Eric Butler The small black beetles showing up in homes and businesses in West Texas adhere to the classic definition of pests. The beetles, approximately one-quarter of an inch in size, haven’t caused any major damage but certainly are annoying, officials say. “They’re a nuisance pest is what they are,” said Monti Vandiver, an […]

Black, Juanita

Juanita Black Services: Have been held. Mrs. Juanita Faye Black, 76, of Melrose, a U.S. Postal Service clerk, died Friday, Aug. 1, 2003, at Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales. She was born Jan. 21, 1927, in Melrose, to Walter and Edna O’Donald Swopes. She was a lifetime resident of Melrose. She was preceded in […]

Muleshoe firm sends goods to Iraq

By Eric Butler If Burton Brown comes across a sack of black-eyed peas from the Texas Panhandle while he’s stationed in Iraq, he’ll have Debbie Nickels of Muleshoe Pea and Bean to thank for the reminder of home. Brown, son of Mac Brown of Muleshoe and Jama Meritt of Lubbock, is in Iraq with the […]

Ceremony remembers the fallen

By Darrell Todd Maurina With a black flag in the background commemorating prisoners of war and those missing in action, four somber airmen in camouflage uniforms walked slowly across the stage. Just moments before, 27th Fighter Wing Commander Col. Robert Yates had drawn loud applause by reminding those in attendance at Saturday’s Cannon homecoming celebration […]

Meritocracy no longer making the grade

Walter Williams Dr. Mike S. Adams, an associate professor of criminal justice at University of North Carolina’s Wilmington campus, has given me an excellent idea for grading students, which appeared in his commentary in the web-based Agape Press newswire. For 35 years, I’ve taught economics and graded students on the racist, culturally biased standards of […]

Specifying person’s race an inexact science

Leonard Pitts This is for Larry, who wants to know what to call folks like me. Larry’s a reader in San Jose who grew up back when “Negroes” was the proper term. In the late ’60s, when “black” came into vogue, Larry used that. Now, he says, some black people prefer to be called “African-American.” […]

Racism does not end by reversing it

By Mona Charen The Jayson Blair scandal has most of the elements of the modern American classic. There’s a celebrity angle, a race dimension, a drug and alcohol excuse, and hypocrisy in high places. The only missing element so far is sex. No doubt when the TV movie of the story is done, it will […]

Singing the blues about matrimony

By Leonard Pitts A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, I was a music critic. In fact, I spent 18 years reviewing and interviewing everybody from Gladys Knight and Dolly Parton to Paul Simon and Stevie Wonder. I left the beat (no pun intended) almost 10 years ago, driven by the realization […]