Date: November 30, 2015

Monday Reading List: Racial controversies on campus and terrorism

The Federalist: Campus Race Warriors’ Demands Will Hurt Asians

It may be coincidental that the photojournalist the University of Missouri social justice warriors attacked in public was Asian-American, but their reaction wasn’t. Concerned Student 1950 tweeted, “It’s typically white media who don’t understand the importance of respecting black spaces.”

Liberals have a long record of minimizing and ignoring Asians in such movements. At Claremont McKenna College, protesters shouted down a student of Asian heritage for saying people should be judged on the content of their character rather than their race.

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China Travel Writer Blog: A Chinese Student’s View on #BlackLivesMatter

Indeed, the fate of African-Americans is linked with the fate of America. In America, they can legally claim their rights. They can even use “illegal protests” to seek their lawful rights and benefits. This can only be done in America. Racial discrimination will of course not end in America, but after an act of discrimination happens, there is only America and a few other democratic countries where you can use freedom of speech and the law to appeal. If you cannot believe, go ask how many black people immigrated to China. Those 100,000 blacks living in Guangzhou have no way to answer “yes.”

Read full article. Trump campaign becomes uglier

More than a few people have felt alarm bells go off when they heard Trump’s incendiary attacks on ethnicities. John Kasich’s campaign released an ad that featured a Vietnam veteran paraphrasing German Pastor Martin Niemoller’s poetic warning about the Nazis. (Trump has attacked Vietnam veteran John McCain for having been captured and taken POW.)

Read full article. Don’t cower in the face of terrorism

However, if you must risk dying, then what better way to go than drinking wine on the streets of Paris? The French used a nice motto during their revolution: Vivre Libre ou Mourir.

Americans used the phrase, too, in relation to their revolutionary war. General John Stark, asked to give a toast for the anniversary of a famous battle, sent his toast by letter: “Live free or die: Death is not the worst of evils.”

I’ll drink to that.

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B&D Editor’s exclusive: Britain shouldn’t rush to war in Syria

As Britain inches towards war again (A Realist Perspective)

One can almost hear the war drums beating again, as Britain prepares for a parliament vote to decide on war in Syria. David Cameron proceeded with his half-hearted case about war in Syria, and why Britain should join with US and France in bombing ISIS in Syria, an argument which was as logically incoherent as a kitchen sieve with water. The Labour party on the other hand in completely in disarray, and with civil war about to break out, and an incompetent and ideologically pacifist leader in Jeremy Corbyn. Such is the situation, that when Corbyn this time is actually raising extremely valuable points, no one is listening to him, as the atmosphere inside Labour is so vicious. Cameron leads a country from one Middle East misadventure to other, with the majority of the country remaining opposed to it, but there is no one to stop him.

Let’s first analyse the case for war. To be frank, there is none.

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Some of the media outlets that got fooled by Trump’s lie about winning black endorsements

Much of the media has egg on its face for buying Donald Trump’s lie about winning the endorsements of black pastors. Journalists and editors should think twice before running one of his press releases as news, considering how often they are flat-out wrong.

Here’s what Trump’s press release said:

“Mr. Trump will be joined by a coalition of 100 African-American evangelical pastors and religious leaders who will endorse the GOP front-runner after a private meeting at Trump Tower.”

Oh, but look:
Black Pastors to Trump: Our Meeting Is Not an Endorsement

“Let me be clear,” she [Bishop Corletta Vaughn] wrote. “I was invited to attend a gathering of clergy to listen to Mr. Trump on Monday November 30. I respectively (Sic.) declined as I do not support nor will endorse Donald Trump.”

Donald Trump Cancels Press Conference With Black Evangelical Leaders That He Thought Would Include Endorsement

That so many news outlets across the spectrum–mainstream and conservative, legitimate and unreliable–all published versions of the story “Trump to win black pastors’ endorsements” shows how easy it is to get lazy journalists to puff a press release into a story. Most of them are uncorrected.

The worst headlines reported it as fact, leaving the source unmentioned:
NY Times: Black Pastors Expected to Endorse Donald Trump
“Expected”? Expected by whom?

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