Why did the LA Times run a feature on the late civil rights/feminist pioneer #PauliMurray that forced on her an identity she didn't embrace & a pronoun she didn't use? New from me at @ArcDigi

And why does a biography of Murray leave a rather important word out of a quote used to show that she wanted to transition to male? Image
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3 Sep
So here's an interesting thread.
First of all, this guy clearly agrees with me about the idiocy of Rufo's tweets about the US pushing "woke" feminism in Afghanistan.
Secondly, he thinks it's bad that we tried to promote basic human rights that are contrary to "traditional Afghan society," like female education or female judges. He also thinks it's gonna make Muslims hate us everywhere. (#ProTip: almost 20% of judges in Pakistan are women.)
Third, I actually *don't* think it's a great idea to occupy countries & try to make them more liberal. But yes, I think that despite the failures, more modernization & women's rights in Afghanistan is a good outcome that may have lasting effects.
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6 Aug
A few words about criticisms of my @arcdigi essay on the problems with race-difference discourse (and specifically Charles Murray's recent commentary). I can't respond to each comment individually, but here are some general points.

1. Do I dispute that there are currently substantial disparities between racial groups in America in crime rates and (average) cognitive skills? I think my article makes it clear I don't dispute that. I've *discussed* differences in crime rates in my articles on race & policing.
I make the point that there are plenty of people who have discussed these problems (including @JohnHMcWhorter, @coldxman, etc.) without portraying these differences as intractable & probably genetic in origin.
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3 Aug
@browntom1234 @ZaidJilani @kmele "You're not going to like what I'm about to do" certainly *can* seen as threatening (body language is also a factor).
But I still can't quite get over her telling *Christian* (not the 911 dispatcher!) that she would tell the cops an *African-American male* was threatening her.
@browntom1234 @ZaidJilani @kmele With the dispatcher one can claim that she was merely describing the guy. But why say it to him? He certainly knows he's African-American.
@browntom1234 @ZaidJilani @kmele Sure sounds to me like she was trying to intimidate him by playing on the assumption that black males have a lot to fear from cops. You *could* argue that this doesn't necessarily make her racist, just willing to "weaponize" perceived societal racism. That's ... still not good.
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20 May
Having dug into this a little bit, it seems like Wilder was a casualty of AP's jitters over claims they knew they shared a building with Hamas & possibly allowed Hamas to censor their West Bank coverage. Right-wing activists wanted a scalp, AP was craven.
That said, there's no way AP would have hired a student who had been active in, say, a pro-Trump or anti-abortion group in college, so there's that.
Some of Wilder's college-years statements were highly inappropriate (e.g. a defense of violent threats toward "Zionists" on campus by a pro-Palestinian student). stanforddaily.com/2018/07/23/op-…
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24 Apr
Highlights from my latest @ArcDigi newsletter, which is paywalled for now.

What many derided as "Sicknick trutherism" -- the idea that Brian Sicknick, the Capitol police officer who died the day after the Jan. 6 riot, wasn't murdered as initially reported -- is now vindicated by the ME's report. I was among many journalists who were wrong.
Does this vindicate Glenn Greenwald's claim that the media deliberately lied about Sicknick's death? Not quite.
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9 Apr
My debut newsletter at @ArcDigi looks at why not all allies are good in the pushback against runaway "wokeness." It's paywalled, but preview to come...

By the way: yes, the pushback against "wokeness" is important. Image
What's wrong with Lindsay? well... how about flogging irresponsible conspiracy theories about election fraud (which he was already doing *before* the election!) Image
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