This is a banner date in the Civil Rights movement, when. on 1965, 3,200 civil rights demonstrators led by Martin Luther King Jr. began a historic march from Selma, Alabama to Montgomery, Alabama’s capital. Federalized Alabama National Guardsmen and FBI agents accompanied them on the march. Alabama’s pugnacious governor, George Wallace, opposed civil rights for blacks, bolstering local authorities in Selma in their efforts to foil the Dallas County Voters League and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) as the worked to register local blacks to vote.
On March 7, 600 demonstrators, led by SCLC leader Hosea Williams and SNCC leader John Lewis, began the 54-mile march to the state capital, where they were met by Alabama state troopers who attacked them with nightsticks, tear gas and whips. The incident was seen on national television and helped to catalyze sympathy for the civil rights movement. Rev. King, who was in Atlanta at the time, promised to return to Selma and lead another attempt. After another failed attempt, U.S. Army troops and federalized Alabama National Guardsmen finally escorted the marchers safely into Montgomery on March 25, where on the steps of the Alabama State Capitol, King addressed a crowd of 25,000 and the nation on live TV.
1. Nah, there’s no mainstream media bias! In its effort to ally itself with trans activists and women’s swimming cheativists, NBC altered its photo of a victorious Lia Thomas (on the left) to the more feminine version on the right.
And yet there are still people who insist that the news media is trustworthy on national news and affairs.2. Related, and completely stupid: The Babylon Bee, a satire site, told readers today that its Twitter account has been suspended for engaging in “hateful conduct.” The site selected Rachel Levine, the transgender government official as its pick for “Man of the Year” in response to Levine’s being named one of the top “women of the year” by USA Today last week.
Once again, I am proud to be able to say that I left Twitter. It is not an act of “hate” for anyone to argue that Levene is still a “man,” since she, or whatever, has one x and one y chromosome and qualifies by most previous standards. Nobody is required by rules of etiquette or logic to accept an individual’s decisions regarding what gender he or she is, and it is neither “misinformation” nor “hate” to disagree with the woke consensus.
Me? I’m easy: I will accommodate any individual’s desire to be called a seas sponge or a teaspoon if he, she or it insists: I don’t care, as long as they say “pretty please” and don’t order me to bend to their will, or try to cheat in swimming competitions. [Pointer: Willem Reese]
3. Ugh. Just…ugh. So it appears that Republicans are determined to “rough up” Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson as futile, petty and unnecessary as it is to do so, thus handing Democrats the gift of more ammunition to use in tarring supporters of the GOP as “racist.” Republican Senator Josh Hawley of Missouri has parading the case that, starting in law school, continuing through her time on the U.S. Sentencing Commission, finally as a federal judge, Jackson has been unacceptably “soft” on child pornography. This is a cognitive dissonance game, of course: how often is child porn the topic of a SCOTUS deliberation? Almost never is the answer, but the topic is icky, and “Think of the Children!” is nice, dependable emotional trigger. What is the “just” sentence for child pornographers? Reasonable minds can disagree: me, I’d like to see them strung up by their naughty bits, but that’s against the 8th amendment. And the reason why the GOP thinks it’s required that they attack a completely qualified black female justice at her hearings? Here’s the explanation of the Washington Examiner’s opinion editor:
Without any corroborating evidence whatsoever, and with all named alleged witnesses denying the incident ever happened, the broadcast networks unquestioningly attacked Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh for weeks after known Democratic donor Christine Blasey Ford accused Kavanaugh of rape on a never-identified day in 1982.
In other words, payback.
This is an easy opportunity to begin the long, long road back to a civil and responsible process of the Senate acknowledging that the President has a right to pick SCOTUS justices of his preference except in the vanishingly rare cases where they are corrupt or unqualified. Yet the Republicans just can’t do it.
4. I can’t wait! Eventually. I assume, we’ll see some reliable figures reporting on the likely number of Americans killed by the hysterical reaction to the Wuhan virus threat. For example, the number of deaths in the U.S. involving alcohol jumped 25.5% between 2019 and 2020, according to research published Friday in the Journal of the American Medical Association. There were 78,927 alcohol-related deaths in the U.S. in 2019 and 99,017 in 2020. The deaths also included motor vehicle crashes that happened as a result of driving under the influence of alcohol.
5. Thanks, Dwayne. The comment by long, longtime commenter Dwayne Zechman regarding the “echo chamber” issue on the most recent Open Forum was much appreciated, and I almost made it a Comment of the Day. I didn’t in the end, not because it was not well-reasoned and helpful, but because it was a little too complimentary, making its inclusion in the COTD category self-serving on my part. I particularly admired this observation:
Yes. Ethics Alarms IS an echo chamber, but not the kind that the use of that term normally conjures up.
Ethics Alarms is an echo chamber of people who want to discuss Ethics, and want to learn and better themselves through the study and application of Ethics to their own lives. Because of this, the commentariat specifically eschews non-ethical forms of discussion, such as trolling, discussions in bad faith, ad hominem attacks, rationalizations (we even have an explicit list of those that we will soundly reject and why), and other forms of argumentation that are rooted in emotionalism rather than logic and rationality. Personally, I think this is a GOOD thing and it’s one of the main reasons I’m a long-time regular reader and (occasional) commenter. I expect this rings true for a lot of the others here.
That is indeed what I strive for here. I do not always succeed, and commenters periodically miss the best practices I am trying to encourage, as do I. The reminder was timely.