1. Facts don’t matter...On HLN today, CNN’s police expert James Gagliano explained to smiley-face host Robin Meade why his experience tells him that the police shooting at the Atlanta Wendy’s was justified. (His reasoning turns up in printed form here.) Her response? “This is going to be an unpopular opinion!”
Uh-oh. Can’t have that!
2. Cancelled! From The Future of Capitalism website, here is an updated list of the people who have been fired or otherwise “cancelled” in the wake of the George Floyd Freakout:
- As we have discussed,the editor of the editorial page of the New York Times, James Bennet.
- The founder and CEO of CrossFit, Greg Glassman, for referring to the Freakout as the Floyd19 virus.
- The president of the Poetry Foundation, Henry Bienen, and its board chairman, Willard Bunn III, for issuing a public statement that was deemed “vague and lacking any commitment to concrete action.”
- The editor-in-chief of the food magazine Bon Appetit, Adam Rapoport, after photo surfaced of him in 2004 “dressed in a racially insensitive costume.” You know, like the woke Governor of Virginia and the Prime Minister of Canada.
- The head of video at Conde Nast, Matt Duckor, who critics said presided over a racially biased compensation system.
- The top editor of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Stan Wischnowski, because he approved of a headline that read “Buildings Matter, Too.” (They do, but never mind…)
- The editor of the website Refinery29, Christene Barberich, after black employees complained about the work environment.
- David Shor, a political data analyst, was fired for having tweeted out a summary of a paper by a Princeton sociology professor.
- Audrey Gelman, CEO and co-founder of the Wing, a co-working community for women, for requiring diversity and antibias trainings that were deemed inadequate.
- University of Chicago professor of economics Harold Uhlig was placed on leave from his role as editor of the Journal of Political Economy following “accusations of discriminatory conduct in a classroom setting.” Uhlig also had his contract with the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago canceled after a Fed spokeswoman said the bank determined “that his views are not compatible with the Chicago Fed’s values and our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.”
- St. John’s University assistant fencing coach Boris Vaksman was fired “after making derogatory remarks about black people in a private lesson” according to “what appears to be an edited video,” the New York Times reported.
- Stephen A. Huffman was dismissed by TeamHealth from his job as an emergency room doctor in Ohio after publicly speculating about why blacks have been hit particularly hard by Covid-19.
- The CEO of Crisis Text Line, Nancy Lublin, was “ousted by the nonprofit’s board of directors on Friday, in response to allegations of racism and mistreating staff,” Axios reported. The board also said that “at least two members of the board will be replaced with black, indigenous, or persons of color candidates” and “Anti-racist trainings for board members will begin in July.”
- Canadian television personality, Jessica Mulroney’s show, “I Do, Redo,” was canceled by its Canadian network after a blogger accused her of exhibiting “white privilege,” the New York Post reported.
- Barbara Fedida, an ABC News executive, was placed on “administrative leave” after what a HuffPost article based on unnamed sources described as “a long pattern of insensitive statements, including racist comments.”
I’m glad I run my own company.
3. And cancelled on the Right...apparently for a really stupid reason…Republican Rep. Denver Riggleman lost the GOP nomination for his central Virginia seat to challenger Bob Good, a born-again evangelical Christian who had called Riggleman “out of step with the base of the party. It appears that Riggleman, whose voting record is about as conservative as one can be, angered “the base” by officiating at a same-sex wedding of former campaign volunteers last year.
Yeah, I think it’s really important to treat human beings as unworthy of kindness and support because of whom they choose to marry. Riggleman presided over a legal process that the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled is a human and legal right. The Horror.
The reason Virginia is “turning blue” is that as ridiculous and hypocritical as Ralph Northam’s Democratic Party is, Virginia’s Republican Party, beginning with George Allen’s repulsive campaign to be re-elected to the Senate in 2008, has been positively Cro-Magnon. [Pointer: valkygrrl]
4. Now the dead cancellation candidates. In England, they want to tear down a statue of…Gandhi? In California, BLM vandals attacked a statue of poet John Greenleaf Whittier, a prominent abolitionist, I guess because he was white, or something. In Boston, a statue of Abraham Lincoln in Boston’s Park Square was vandalized, because the Great Empancipator is depicted with a slave kneeling. (Funny, I though kneeling was now a good thing.)
My favorite, though, is the movement to make the University of New Hampshire change the name of its Franklin Pierce School of Law because, though he was anti-slavery, the 14th President was also anti-abolition, based on some wacky theory that only God could end slavery. Why a law school is named after Pierce is a head-scratcher. True, he was a lawyer in New Hampshire, and the state’s only President, but he was a terrible one, perhaps the worst. Crushed by the bloody death of his young son and his wife’s subsequent emotional collapse, poor Pierce spent his four years in the White House drunk and depressed while the country was falling apart around him.
Nonetheless, the fact that the university is apparently prepared to cave to student demands because that’s what universities do these days is depressing. There’s a good argument for changing the name of New Hampshire’s only law school, but not Pierce’s political position at the peak of the national debate over slavery before the Civil War. The reason to change the name is that naming a school of any kind after a failure like Pierce is like naming one after Custer, Joe McCarthy, Spiro Agnew, Harold Stassen, Charles Van Doren or Shoeless Joe Jackson.