1. The glorious defeat of the Alamo by that champion of diversity, General Santa Anna! The San Antonio Express-News reports that a local activist and university professor, Mario Salas, who has taught African American studies and somehow ended up on the city’s historical commission (though he is not a historian), is claiming that Santa Anna’s army in 1836, the one that slaughtered the defenders of the Alamo, had an all black regiment that has been erased from history. The theory seems to be that if the Mexican dictator had an all-black regiment, he’s not the villain in the Alamo story, he’s the tragic hero: a woke dictator who opposed slavery and fought against the white supremacist Alamo defenders. Like most of the historical revisionism designed to smear American history and its heroes, this requires ignoring a lot of facts.
The Texas Revolution was part of a much wider war that engulfed Mexico at the same time, not a rebellion based on slavery and race. From much of northern Mexico and including Texas as well as states as far from Texas as Yucatan, the war’s primary issue was Santa Anna’s betrayal of the federalists and his abrogation of the 1824 Mexican constitution when he sought absolute dictatorial power. He abolished state legislatures and redrew state boundaries into military districts. His favored treatment of those who opposed him was to execute whole regions. Keeping slavery in Texas was indeed a bone of contention among the mostly Southerners who settled the region, but non-slave states in Mexico were rebelling as well.
Santa Anna would have been a villain if all his soldiers were black.
2. Oh! The defendant deserved to be attacked by the judge! Chief Magistrate Cary Hays III of Crawford County, Georgia “physically assaulted an inmate while the inmate was handcuffed, shackled at the feet, and accompanied by a law enforcement officer,” according to an ethics complaint. This is officially an allegation, but there is a video, and there were plenty of witnesses.
On December 2020, the inmate began cursing at Judge Hays and continued to do so as he was led out of the conference room where his bond hearing took place. Judge Hays “verbally engaged the inmate,” who cursed at Hays again. Hays followed the inmate into the hallway, grabbed him and pushed him into and up against a wall. The inmate did not physically threaten Judge Hays, attempt to escape or flee from custody.
Judge Hays’ defense? He says he didn’t hurt the guy, and if the video had sound and included what the inmate called him, his actions would be considered justified.
No, Your Honor, they wouldn’t.
3. This is interesting...This website purports to show the relative party affiliations of various occupations. None of them come as great surprises: 90% of those in the fossil fuel industry are Republicans; 60% of the military vote red; business leadership is just barely more Republican than Democrat (55%-45%); the law is 73% Democrats; teaching about 80%; performing arts just under 90% Democrat (as my Facebook page would illustrate); academia 90%; editors 92%.
According to the site, the publishing industry is 100% Democrat.
4. “Boy, they’re strict!“ Three University of Massachusetts Amherst female freshmen were suspended for not wearing face masks while outside and off-campus. They were penalized with loss of their academic credits for the semester, as well as $16,000 in tuition each. Someone sent administrators a photo of the girls posing maskless. Yes, we are creating young communists all over America.
I can defend the school’s right to enact a protocol requiring students to wear masks at all times, based on protecting the student body. It’s idiotic; it’s hysterical; it’s unnecessary and its an abuse of power, but the school has the power to do it, and I doubt the students have any recourse.
5. But this was going really too far...A New York State Supreme Court judge reversed Syracuse University’s suspension of the Alpha Chi Rho fraternity because a guest yelled a racial slur after being at the fraternity house, and after he had left the campus. The Syracuse University Appeals Board reversed the decision to suspend the fraternity, but that ruling was invalidated by E. Dolan Evanovich, SU’s senior vice president of “enrollment and the student experience.”
New York Supreme Court Judge Scott DelConte said in his opinion that Alpha Chi Rho “did nothing wrong.”One person yelled a racial slur, that person was not a member of the fraternity who was a guest of a member at the fraternity on the day he made the racial slur and the remark occurred off-campus. It took a judge to point out that suspending the fraternity under these facts is insane. That is guilt by association that even Joe McCarthy would have thought was extreme.
6. And speaking of totalitarian methods on campus, in this fascinating essay FIRE recounts the persecution by Central Michigan University of a tenured professor for reading the word “nigger” on class while quoting a Supreme Court opinion. The essay also has a useful compendium of related cases.