This book is an imaginary dialogue between two Black intellectuals. In seven chapters, two men argue over issues of interest to African Americans. The topics are a series of dichotomies that the author (an attorney, judge, and law-school professor) selected in order to highlight opposing views within the A-A community. If you seek material to argue A-A issues, this is the book to buy. But if you are an individualist, the book will not interest you.
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Finding Octave by Nick Douglas is a courageous and painstaking book that blends genealogy, historical analysis, and personal introspection into an important work. It will be useful to genealogists, fascinating to history buffs and, with any luck, informative to the great majority of Americans, Black and otherwise, who were never taught the history of “race” in the United States,
“When I use a word,” Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, “it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less.” — Through The Looking Glass by Lewis Carrol
Backintyme announces the launch of a new blog on the topic of Armed Citizens and the Justice System. Please visit it. Feel free to leave comments.
The 911 calls began flooding in at 7:15 PM on 26 Feb 2012. A man was screaming, “Help! Help!” over and over. The screams were so bone-chilling that only two of the many callers looked outside to see the cause. The rest told the dispatchers that they were too frightened to look.
Some African Americans have few European DNA markers and some have many; but overall, about 17 percent of the collective African-American gene pool comes from Europe. What fraction of that 17 percent comes from European females? Can DNA tell? The short answer is “no”.
The mainstream media (MSM) continue to ridicule and villify Sarah Palin for saying that Paul Revere also warned the British. Palin is factually accurate.
I just added four new animated cartoon lectures to my Youtube channel. They comprise a four-part series on the origin of the U.S. endogamous color line in the late 17-century Chesapeake.
This essay presents little-known, recently uncovered facts about the U.S. Black/White net-worth gap: It has been worsening at an accelerating rate for four decades. It is unrelated to income, lack of generational nest egg, overall inequality, depreciating homes, or single families. It is related to higher interest rates (which are caused by loan higher default rates). It may possibly be related to supporting poor relatives or to some aspect of oppositional culture.
The U.S. federal census was founded to apportion congressional representation among the states. In order to achieve additional goals, it switched in 1850 from recording households in summary, to recording individuals in detail. It became self-administered in 1960 to reduce costs. It has always been a political instrument of the administration in power. Today, the census encourages identity politics and so wavers between the goal of capturing “race” as a form of ethnic self-identity, and the equally desired but conflicting goal of capturing “race” as involuntary physical trait.