Blacks in the House

1 04 2015

Los Angeles


USC’s Black House proposal raises questions about racial tensions

When some USC student government leaders voiced support for creating a cultural house for black students, Ama Amoafo-Yeboah thought that she and other undergraduates were closer to having a space where they could hang out and hold events.

But before a vote was held, word spread that the house could be located on the Row, USC’s two-block stretch of fraternities and sororities near 28th and Figueroa streets. Social media lit up.

“Why would they open a prison on the Row?” one user asked on Yik Yak, a popular social media app that allows anonymous comments from users within a 1.5-mile radius.


Of USC’s nearly 19,000 undergraduates, about 720 — or 4% — are black, according to the school. Some black students report feeling isolated, saying they are often the only African American in their classrooms.

Meanwhile, we found out a few days ago that a lot of HBCUs are on the rocks.

There’s an easy solution here.


Business major Skylar Dunn, who is working to get funders for the Black House, said he transferred from historically black Tennessee State University because he felt he would have more opportunities at USC. However, he said, he sometimes misses being part of mainstream campus life.

Okay then, put a plug in it.

It’s a truism of engineering:  When you dial up the sensitivity, you increase the number of false alarms.

Well Hung

1 04 2015

Forsyth, Georgia


It looks too much like a noose.  So there has to be some way to blame the KKK.

Case to be Made

1 04 2015


I could easily rationalize supporting things like Indiana RFRA and other similar measures in other states even if I was an atheist who supported gay marriage and lived in a gay marriage state.

In practicality, states that are now gay marriage states in terms of voluntarily enacting it (in contrast to having it kritarch-imposed upon them) aren’t going to be in much of a mood to enact RFRA statutes now.  Voluntary gay marriage states that have RFRA laws will probably see big pushes in the near future to repeal them.

You’ve Gotta Have Heart

1 04 2015



Turns out the transplant committee got it right the first time and should have stuck with it.

The story of the transplant denial two years ago was a national story and a national row, which forced the committee into reversing.  You know this update won’t go national.

Reasonably Doubtful

1 04 2015

West End

No hate crimes riders, probably because they’d be all but impossible to prove.

But it’s way more than just a “dumb mistake.”

Long Odds

1 04 2015


Washington Examiner:

The Left wages total war; and then plays victim

On one side is the CEO of the world’s largest company, the president of the United States and a growing chunk of the Fortune 500. On the other side is a solo wedding photographer in New Mexico, a 70-year-old grandma florist in Washington and a few bakers.

One side wants the state to conscript the religious businesswomen and men into participating in ceremonies that violate their beliefs. The other side wants to make it possible for religious people to live their own lives according to their consciences.

The other side is locked in a Goliath vs David struggle to speak power to truth.

Semi-Wicked Racial Profiling Trick

31 03 2015

Chocolate City St. Louis


I didn’t read beyond there.

I bet that if you read far enough, you’ll find someone begging for a state or Federal grant or private donations.


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