More and more areas of American life have been withdrawn from voters’ democratic control and delivered up to the bureaucratic and judicial emergency mechanisms of civil rights law. Civil rights law has become a second constitution, with powers that can be used to override the Constitution of 1787.
For almost two years, a protest movement known as “Black Lives Matter” has convulsed the nation. Triggered by the police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, in August 2014, the Black Lives Matter movement holds that racist police officers are the greatest threat facing young black men today. This belief has triggered riots, “die-ins,” the […]
The following is adapted from a speech delivered on January 30, 2015, at Hillsdale College’s Allan P. Kirby, Jr. Center, as part of the AWC Family Foundation Lecture Series by Jason L. Riley.
The Constitution states that “We the people...do ordain and establish...this Constitution,” not that the Constitution creates the people.
When political entitlement shifted away from citizenship to race, class and gender, a shift in cultural entitlement was made inevitable.
If our problems are caused by racism, and their solutions dependent on ending racism, our fate is in the hands of people who, by definition, don’t love us.
The hallmark of American citizenship ought to be equal rights of citizenship, without a special bracketing called “civil rights.”
One of the great myths of our time is the belief in the great melting pot of American ethnicity, into which have been blended the cultures and values of disparate peoples from the world over.