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April 21, 2014

Andrew Silow-Carroll: Passoverkill? Suggestions to make next year's seders even more culturally sensitive

Sara Israelsen Hartley: Seeking the Divine: An ancient connection in a new context

Christine M. Flowers: Priest's execution in Syria should be call to action

Courtnie Erickson: How to help kids accept the poor decisions of others

Lizette Borreli: A Glass Of Milk A Day Keeps Knee Arthritis At Bay

Lizette Borreli: 5 Health Conditions Your Breath Knows Before You Do

The Kosher Gourmet by Betty Rosbottom Coconut Walnut Bars' golden brown morsels are a beautifully balanced delectable delight

April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review March 11, 2013/ 29 Adar, 5773

The Great Race Debate, revisited

By Christine M. Flowers

Christine M. Flowers


http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | (MCT) Two white men talked about race recently and, not surprisingly, got into trouble. One was a Supreme Court justice, which goes to show that even the mighty must be careful when treading the racial divide. No matter how good your intentions might be (or perhaps, how bad) you risk being misunderstood by people who make a very good living out of misunderstanding.

Antonin Scalia was the first one to dip his toe into the roiling waters by observing that the Voting Rights Act might have run its course. Section 5 of the act, which places a specific and rather draconian burden on some southern states if they want to make changes to their voting practices, has been challenged in court. Reflecting on the history of the act itself, Scalia made the observation that what appears to be a necessary leveling of the playing field for some could be viewed as a "racial entitlement" for others.

And the skies fell right on his glossy-haired judicial head.

You are never allowed to use the word "racial" within three punctuation marks of the word "entitlement." That is like a red flag to a bull, inciting the masses to revulsion and revolution. Immediately after he made the comment, newspaper columnists produced 800 word lamentations about how Scalia just didn't get it, that anyone who questioned the need for Section 5 was unworthy of a position on the high court, and that the best thing you could say about him was that at least he wasn't a closet racist. The implication was, of course, that any other justice who might find that the VRA had outlived its usefulness was as racist as the Italian fellow, just not as sincere.

Frankly, I think this is just another way of shutting down the debate we were supposed to be having since Barack Obama took the stage in Philadelphia and told us about his grandmother and how she was afraid of black people like him.

Anyone who has read this column in the past knows about my father, Ted, who went to Mississippi in 1967 and registered African-Americans (who were then called, without any mean to offend, "negroes") for the vote and public office. The spittle on his face from angry white folk and his run in with the Klan were proof enough for him that the Voting Rights Act was anything but an "entitlement." Three dead boys in a Philadelphia, Miss., ditch, and a murdered white woman named Viola Liuzzi proved it, too.

But despite the protestations of those who have an interest in keeping us divided along color lines, that was a different time. Racism exists, and in some hearts it flourishes, but there is little evidence that in the year 2013 the states burdened by the special requirements of Section 5 are any worse than, say, Massachusetts which has a relatively low percentage of minority representation and which is not required to get federal permission to change its laws.

All of that so-called empirical evidence presented to Congress when the act was reauthorized in 2006 was stale. Had they taken an updated snapshot of the USA, Scalia's words might not have seemed so sinister, or stupid.

Which brings me to the other white man who is currently in hot water. Robert Huber of Philadelphia Magazine penned a cover story that inflamed the hearts of anyone with a keyboard and column space in the local Philly media (including his own colleagues.) Huber set about to investigate how white people (probably suburban white people since that is the demographic the magazine sucks up, er, caters to) feel about race. The article is not going to win any awards for excellence. When you conflate "race" with "black" and forget to include Latinos, Asians, and Arabs in the mix, you're already starting out on the wrong foot.

But Huber was really attacked because he used quotes from anonymous people who said some controversial, stupid and in some cases racist things about people who didn't look like them. The fact that some of the things they said were right is irrelevant to those who have a vested interest in finding racism under every rock. Or, in the case of Philadelphia Magazine, under every Starbucks chair.

I have no wish to defend the article or the magazine. Neither are really worth much attention, which is why this whole dust-up is really annoying. But I do find it interesting that we are still so schizophrenic about race that we pretend to want a no-holds barred discussion, but when we actually sit down and touch that third rail with our voices or our keyboards we are hosed down as quickly as those brave activists facing Bull Connor.

That may make the professional race debaters feel better about their pristine moral superiority. But, frankly, that's about all it really does.

Christine M. Flowers is a lawyer and columnist for the Philadelphia Daily News. Comments by clicking here.

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Previously:



03/94/13: Marriage goes beyond love
02/19/13: 2 women, and what they're fighting for
02/04/13: Sadly, Scouting seems poised to give up the fight
01/15/13: Reflections from Gettysburg
01/02/13: The mentally ill vs. those who love them
12/27/12: Rapper learns he's just another guy on probation
12/20/12: Cold, hard truth about the killer
12/10/12: When a warm heart meets a cold manipulator
11/22/12: Some women don't know how good they have it


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