A: Well, I remember one incident. Coach (John Wooden) took me out to dinner between my freshman and sophomore year. He wanted to get to know me, because he was going to be coaching me the next year. And this woman asked how tall I was. Then she used the n-word, saying she'd never seen one that tall and just walked out. And Coach Wooden was shocked. Only he saw how it affected me, and he didn't know what to do. He'd never seen anything like that, someone being that rude and saying a word that hostile. And, you know, it was a literally gray-haired old lady. And he just didn't get it. Then he saw more incidents like that over the time I was at UCLA. It really opened his eyes to a lot of things. … [Read more...] about A sports legend’s view on opening America’s eyes
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"This virus has been in Houston since March," Dr. Joseph Petrosino, chairman, Department of Molecular Virology and Microbiology at the Baylor School of Medicine. "It has better fitness than the original. It can outcompete the original strain. It's associated with 78% and 80% of the cases we see in Houston and Europe. It's a mutation that is present all over Europe and the world. One thing we see for sure, this virus is more prevalent." … [Read more...] about What does a more contagious COVID-19 strain mean for Houston? A top doctor weighs in.
This is very bad news for children whose families are already suffering from the pandemic’s economic impact. Consider Ruth Arias, a single mom from the Bronx, who works at an Amazon warehouse and contracted COVID-19 in March along with her three youngest children. Like thousands of other parents in New York, she relies partially on scholarships to send her children to a private, faith-based institution, where she enrolled her children after her son was bullied at his previous school. He thrived at his new school, regularly appearing on the honor roll and serving as captain of the basketball team. … [Read more...] about When private schools lose funding, low-income kids lose too
Unfortunately for America, those with real clout in the GOP were without exception Vichy, not Resistance, Republicans: the current leadership of both chambers of Congress (Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell), the party chair (Reince Priebus), and the incumbent senators with national followings (John McCain, Ted Cruz). Not to mention their big donors. These collaborators, in contrast to the conservative pundits and out-of-power Republicans of the Resistance, did have the means to derail Trump. For them to do so would have required the guts to defy a mob in their own party and to summon the sacrifice, strategy, and cunning that constitute leadership. They would have had to risk their own political necks and take hits from their own constituents. They would have had to persuade vanity candidates fracturing the anti-Trump vote, like John Kasich, to drop out. Woulda, coulda: They mustered none of the above. They failed to unite around a candidate who might have stopped Trump in the primaries. No … [Read more...] about Trump’s Appeasers: Charles Lindbergh Is a Cautionary Tale for Republican Leaders
More troublingly, social media’s tendency towards moralistic groupthink — when combined with the reputational risk aversion of corporate entities, and the hyperexpendability of American workers in general, and those who labor in the shrinking media, publishing, and higher education industries in particular — have gotten a few people unjustly fired and thereby made others more reluctant to express controversial points of view. In publishing, the economic imperative to avoid expressing opinions that might provoke a social media backlash has gained formal expression through “morals clauses” in book contracts. Such provisions give publishers the right to cancel a book’s release if, to take one representative example, an author’s conduct results in “sustained, widespread public condemnation … that materially diminishes the sales potential of the work.” In a world where tweeting an academic study on the relative political efficacy … [Read more...] about ‘Defending a Free Society’ Requires Radically Changing This One