1. On this day in 1947, April 15, one of America’s many lucky breaks occurred: the perfect individual, with exactly the special qualities of character required for a daunting challenge, was on hand to take on that challenge, and the nation was never the same. The individual was Jackie Robinson, and when he too the field as a member of the Brooklyn Dodgers, American society began it’s long post-Civil War climb out of the damning twin curses of segregation and Jim Crow racism.
The Ethics Alarms essay, from 2012, is here.
2. I know, I know: polls. But these two sets of results, both from Rasmussen are interesting, and to me at least, not surprising:
- Regarding voting ID laws—you know, “Jim Crow on steroids”?—62% do not believe they are discriminatory. Majorities of all racial groups, 59% of whites, 56% of blacks and 63% of other minority voters, say it is more important to make sure there is no cheating in elections than to make it easier to vote. Majorities of all racial groups —64% of whites, 59% of blacks and 58% of other minority voters —reject the claim that voter ID laws discriminate against some voters. Conclusion: the public is not quite as gullible and foolish as I thought it was,
- A majority (51%) of voters believe it is likely that cheating affected the outcome of the 2020 Presidential election, including 35% that say it’s “Very Likely” cheating affected the election. 74% of Republicans believe it is likely last year’s election was affected by cheating. Amazingly, 30% of Democrats agree!
3. Yes, this is certainly not what we needed right now. Video of 13-year old Adam Toledo’s fatal shooting by police was released to the public today, April 15 (as I write this). It shows the boy throwing his pistol down and raising both hands as he was instructed to do, and the police shooting him dead. I presume the officers will say that they did not see the gun being dropped in the dark and in the tension of the moment. Since a cop deliberately shooting a black kid with his hands up at this moment in history is the rough equivalent of that officer sticking his head in a woodchipper, I would be inclined to believe him. Of course such a thing “shouldn’t” happen, but as long as police officers are placed in situations facing armed and defiant criminals, it will happen eventually. “Eventually,” however, has seldom had worse timing.