Apr 122016

For the past several days I have envisioned a masterfully crafted post on microaggression. It would be supremely insightful, and rise to the top of search engine results far and wide. That post isn’t going to happen.

Partially it’s because I’ve burned most of that oil on Facebook. And partially it’s because I don’t care enough.

The 2016 gist, for a white male like me, is that my societal privilege blinds me to the subtle prejudices in my words and actions—prejudices that are so insidious and ingrained that I don’t even know they’re there. Because I have a melanin deficit and a penis, my world view is inherently damaged enough that I am effectively prevented from fully understanding the perspective from which I interact.

I reject this notion utterly.

For one thing, I expect people to deal with me based on how I treat them. If no overt prejudice has been apparent, then the presence of subtle prejudice should be considered less, not more, likely.

For another, there is no bottom to this line of thought. There are no explicit criteria to satisfy. We never know when we’re done. We don’t know what the ideal looks like, because the means, not the end, is the point. So hand-wringing malcontents can beat us about the head and shoulders with our “insensitivities” forever, with no relief.

I lamented once that Gloria Steinem, a person I greatly admire, will likely die not understanding that her war was won.

When we manufacture discord with open-ended rhetorical witch hunts, we minimize genuine progress. We once had real problems in this country with skin color and sex. Mostly, we don’t anymore.

When you take me to the mat over a perceived slight—one for which it takes you any longer than one minute to explain the offense—then the problem just might not be mine.

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Mar 272016

The angel said to the women, Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, Who was crucified. He is not here; He has risen, just as He said. Come and see the place where He lay. – Matthew 28:5-6

God be with you and your family on this most glorious Easter Sunday!

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Mar 112016

I voted for Ben Carson in Alabama’s Republican primary last week. Today, he endorsed Donald Trump. Phyllis Schlafly is a conservative icon. Today, she endorsed Donald Trump. Donald Trump is going to win Florida next week. Consider that Trump may paste Marco Rubio in his home state by 30 points. When it’s Donald Trump vs. […]

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Mar 022016

Mitt Romney will speak tomorrow morning about the presidential race. Indications are that it is neither an endorsement nor an announcement of his own candidacy. I like Mitt Romney. The more you learn about him, the more he impresses. He’s a kind, generous, decent man. But, as Jonah Goldberg put it: he has “an authentic […]

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Feb 292016

Dear people who write open letters to Donald Trump supporters, I get it. I don’t like him either. But I don’t think for a moment that your melodramatic screed is infused with the genuine concern you’d like me to believe it is. Instead, I read it as passive-aggressive delight in the state of things. The […]

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