Today's post: I don't think Ibram Kendi's effort to drop the elements of bigotry, animus, and discrimination from the concept of "racism" and redefine it as anything that "produces or sustains racial inequity" works.

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As Kelefeh Sanneh wrote in his 2019 review of "How To Be An Anti-Racist" this turns the question of racism into an issue of complicated policy analysis in a way that's very at odds with normal usage and with the emotional valence of racism.

newyorker.com/magazine/2019/…
Now there is such a thing as a formally race-neutral policy that masks an intent to discriminate. Much of early zoning and related redlining phenomena are like that.

But the charge against "ban the box" activists isn't that they're racist, it's that they're mistaken.
Police misconduct has become such a flashpoint for anti-racism activism because *discrimination is really shitty* and all the more so when it comes from official representatives of the government.

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By the same token, hate crimes are really bad even when they're perpetrated against groups like Asian-Americans and Jewish Americans who, on average, are doing really well in America.

This is also why Trump saying tons of racist stuff bothered people.

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I feel like it's dumb to even be arguing about this but:

— Nobody likes to be victimized by stereotyping

— Hateful outbursts whether in word or deed are really bad

— This stuff is quite distinct from "someone had a bad policy idea"

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21 Jul
I would simply let the residents of my state buy the ice cream or not according to their preference
Real Jews are lactose intolerant is my position on this.
Just imagine Bernie up there in Vermont for decades secretly chugging Lactaid off-camera and pretending to love dairy farmers. Tragic stuff.
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20 Jul
Two points from readers who’ve written in responding to today’s piece.

One — companies who’ve imposed either hard vaccine mandates or else soft ones (“you have to wear a mask unless you’re vaccinated”) report very high compliance rates.

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Two — a lot of people in Q&A sessions believe the FDA permanently yanked approval for the J&J shot (the correction is always less prominent than the original story) and this plus the “experimental” status of the authorizations shows the shots are risky.
A point I’d add about mandates is that the companies doing them also seem to be supporting workers with time off, and alleviating concerns that missing work due to side effects will lead to repercussions on the job.
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20 Jul
As America wonders how to boost the vaccination campaign, it seems like the first thing we should try is giving the vaccine full offical approval.

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Full approval boost confidence in the vaccine to at least some people, but critically it unleashed two more things:

— Gives public sector institutions confidence they can mandate it.
— Lets pharmaceutical companies run ad campaigns for it.

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Vaccination rates are pretty low in even some very blue places where there's little reason to fear political backlash.

Mandates even just in those places could significantly boost vaccination.

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20 Jul
I would suggest Baker, Messacr, & Stabile (2021) as probably the most relevant empirical study finding no labor supply impact for unmarried mothers.

Schirle (2015) finds a reduction in labor supply for *married* mothers.
I think we could actually have a better-grounded debate if we focused on the question "is a reduction in the labor supply of married mothers a price worth paying to reduce child poverty?"

That correctly cleaves the two divides we see on this topic.
On the right, trads think it's fine as long as you can assemble acceptable payfors (that's the Romney project) but the dominant supply-side faction doesn't care about child poverty and *does* care about the lost labor supply of married women.
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19 Jul
I actually don’t say it was *just* the 1990s economy; I mention the strong 1990s economy as a factor after a lengthy discussion of AFDC’s poor program design and the superior design of the expanded CTC.
Scott provides a very sound refutation to an argument I didn’t make, which I think you should see as decent evidence that he lacks good counters to the actual argument.
Here’s a question: Why does anyone work a full-time job at all when they could work part-time instead and still have money?

Well, they work more hours than that because they pay you more money.

For the exact same reason people who get CTC will still want paid work.
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17 Jul
There are like three characters ever who fit the bill for the alleged manic pixie dream girl trope and yet we had a decade+ of backlash.
Also sometimes when you’re young you meet a young woman who’s into cool indie bands and has a fun quirky personality.

Or at least this used to be the case, perhaps the world has changed radically since I left my twenties.
She just has unnatural hair colors and none of the other attributes of this alleged trope! Image
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