La Shawn Barber

Posted March 11, 2010

In the late 1960s, college students rioted and stormed administration buildings, protesting everything from the Vietnam War to freedom of speech violations to the paucity of black students, faculty and programs on campuses. If you were around then and thought some, most or all of those protests were over-the-top, you might want to add the brouhaha at the University of California at San Diego to the list.

Posted January 26, 2010

One idea that transcends political lines is that blacks are inferior and should be held to lower standards in perpetuity. Earlier this month, Barack Obama's DOJ filed suit against New Jersey and its Civil Service Commission for using an exam that "discriminates" against blacks and Hispanics, because these groups scored "statistically significantly lower" than whites.

Posted December 31, 2009

On international science tests, American students perpetually lag behind their peers in other developed countries.

Posted October 26, 2009

California legislators ought to carry a copy of the state constitution in their pockets and refer to it when writing laws. It's a useful guide, laying out what the people have a right to do.

Posted October 15, 2009

Thirteen years after California amended the state constitution to bar the government from discriminating against or preferring individuals or groups in admissions, contracting, and hiring, on the basis of race and sex, courts still are eradicating discriminatory provisions from the code.

Posted August 28, 2009

Colleges and universities either prohibited by law from factoring race into admissions decisions or those that prefer a subtler approach to admitting applicants based on race do so by measuring personality, leadership qualities, life experiences, creativity, resilience, and other "noncognitive" factors.

Posted July 02, 2009

In a 5-4 decision split along party lines, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of white and Hispanic New Haven firefighters in Ricci v. DeStefano .

Posted May 19, 2009

You know the times they are a-changing when the liberal Los Angeles Times implies it was unfair to deny white firefighters promotions on account of race.

Posted March 30, 2009

It looks like another set of judges has found a way around the will of the people.

Posted January 27, 2009

Over a dozen white firefighters and one Hispanic filed suit against the city in 2004, claiming it violated their constitutional rights and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act by discriminating against them based on race.

Posted December 22, 2008

Half a century ago, America was embroiled in a legal and moral struggle to end government-sanctioned racial discrimination. Under a system known as Jim Crow, our government treated citizens differently based on race.

Posted November 19, 2008

On November 4, 2008, 51 percent of Colorado voters defeated a measure that would have ended state and local government race- and sex-based discrimination and preferences in hiring, contracting, and admissions.

Posted February 07, 2008

Democrats, seen as the civil rights party, supported slavery, opposed civil rights legislation, instituted the "Black Codes," and created the Jim Crow system.

Posted January 22, 2008

The physical chains of American slavery may be broken, but the mental chains are still there. That's the message of filmmaker Janks Morton's 84-minute documentary, What Black Men Think.

Posted September 10, 2007

When Ward Connerly – the engine behind state-to-state campaigns to end government-sanctioned racial discrimination – made a life-changing decision in the mid-1990s to raise the spirit of the true Civil Rights Movement, he must have known how his critics, even federal judges, would react. But he forged ahead.

Posted August 06, 2007

In a recent article, The Economist called blacks and Hispanics “natural allies.” Citing Barack Obama’s “brothers in the fight for equality” reference to the two groups, the writer conceded that with blacks and Hispanics, there’s no such thing.

Posted July 30, 2007

Love it or hate it, Harry Potter is a cultural phenomenon. The series has produced a collection of books, research papers, blogs, podcasts, fan fiction, and fan conferences devoted to analyzing the text, positing theories, dissecting clues, and pouring over minutiae. The long tail of Harry Potter is so vibrant, even fans have fans.

Posted July 09, 2007

It’s time for state and local governments across the country to focus on individuals and businesses that hire illegal aliens.

Posted July 02, 2007

Last week the U.S. Supreme Court held that schools in Jefferson County, Kentucky, and Seattle, Washington, could not use race as a tiebreaker when assigning students.