No she would not have.
Blacks are allowed to use the N word... in any context.
 May 23, 2015 at 4:06pm
What are the legalities here? Does Texas have a law against using racial epithets even the way Summers did? Does Texas have a law against language that offends and insults the “differently sexually oriented?” If not the law, what about stated school policy? Is racist talk specifically banned, but not anti-gay language?
Obviously Summers was not being intentionally hurtful. Thomas was, or she would not have been lecturing him using a racial slur as an example. On the other hand, calling him out in front of his whole class seems like a very unprofessional exercise in deliberate humiliation. Maybe she should have taken him aside for a private talk?
No, the reason why blacks were slaves was because they were bought from African slave traders, and the only reasons why blacks were far more valuable than native American slaves or super cheap Irish labor was because blacks were more resistant to disease and the change in climate. Also, another interesting fact is that slavery actually held America back, especially when you compare the technological advances between the north and the south after slavery had been abolished in the north, but was still prevalent in the south.
 May 23, 2015 at 2:21pm
EBT cards, the earned income tax credit, and most of the money spent on the Great Society have mostly benefited poor white people, whether employed or not. Minority preferences, there you have a case. It’s probably time to end them.
[-2] May 23, 2015 at 2:11pm
Before the storm descends, I should add “sarc” or something.
[-4] May 23, 2015 at 2:10pm
Is there no longer such thing as a right to privacy? Not even on a porn site like Fling.com? Unlike most identity thieves, she wasn’t out to steal someone else’s money.
Before the storm descends, I should add "sarc" or something.
Just out to destroy someone's reputation, possibly for life. Some people value their reputation above money.
I grant you that the good professor might not get that, but having no appreciation of the value of a decent public reputation is no excuse for what she did.
 May 23, 2015 at 9:28am
Not to worry, Olson is a Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, and probably did the map in a few minutes in his spare time. On the other hand, the roads you would need to take to complete the whole 48-state course were built by local, state and Federal money. To coin a phrase, you did build that, as a taxpayer.
Lloyd: You have a good grasp on history. Obviously better than the writers of this thumbnail tripe. I know the feeling.
May 23, 2015 at 8:02am
Whether or not it was “all done legal by the conditions of joining the UNION” is precisely what was at issue in 1861-65. Obviously the issue isn’t entirely resolved even today, since plenty of people share your view of the Civil War. I don’t. Of the 11 Confederate states, only VA, NC, SC and GA even existed in 1787, the rest were created under the Federal Constitution, which begins “We the people,” not “We the states.” Anyhow, honor the dead on Memorial Day–on both sides, they died to give more definitive shape to the country as it exists today.
May 23, 2015 at 7:18am
No one alive remembers the Confederacy. On the other hand, plenty of living people do remember vividly when the Confederate flag was used as an accompaniment to white-supremacist terror.
White supremacist terror? Last time I looked this was 2015, the only terror I have seen the last couple of years has come from blacks looting, rioting, and burning. Oh yeah and blacks threatening to kill all whites and their children. Most blacks think people like you are idiots, and for good reason.
What about the "Black Panthers" then the "New Black Panthers"? Then you have the "United Negro College Fund" , ACORN, UCLU, BET (Black Entertainment Television) and many other things that are strictly for the black population. Now Obama wants to "pay the blacks because their ancestors MAY have been a slave. There is not ONE PERSON ALIVE that knows where "slavery" is as far as the "blacks being owned by the white man". Read history and you'll find that BLACKS OWNED BLACK SLAVES and some BLACKS were the ones capturing run away slaves and returning them to their owner for money.
[-2] May 23, 2015 at 7:16am
Good point. Of course, by burning a symbolic something publicly, you also draw attention to it and provoke a defensive reaction.
 May 23, 2015 at 7:13am
How many of the people Chambliss wants to appeal to would recognize the Stars and Bars? The battle flag is much better known and makes a better symbol..
May 23, 2015 at 7:11am
Why pick on Wilson? He was a southerner and a Democrat (as most white southerners were back then), and he segregated DC and Federal jobholding, but he was simply doing there what the southern states had already done within their own purview. As for the tiresome “plantation” idea, which I gather is your catchall term for government programs meant to assist the poor, Wilson was the furthest thing from an advocate of welfare.
[-6] May 23, 2015 at 7:05am
Don’t be ridiculous. Why would a party eager to keep blacks on board expunge the KKK or segregation from history? Especially the Democrats, a party without whose votes the Civil Rights Act of 1964 would never have passed.
Why exactly do you bring eugenics up here? Eugenics was a broad movement, endorsed by Republicans and Democrats, conservatives and progressives alike.
[-1] May 23, 2015 at 7:00am
If crackers would finally bury the memory of a war in which their ancestors fought in a bad cause and were deservedly defeated, then maybe they can finally begin to move forward too.
The VAST majority, even here in the south, have done just that.
Funny thing is, most of those who died and enabled to freedom of slaves were crackers.
 May 23, 2015 at 6:57am
Whose flag do you want to burn, bright boy? None of today’s African countries even existed in the period of the slave trade.
[-2] May 23, 2015 at 6:53am
A trivial factoid to make an absurd point. What’s at issue is not what Arabs or Africans may have done in Africa, but race relations in America. A tiny number of black slaveowners in America, mostly from very early colonial times, does not change the fact that, for most of its history in America, slavery was a white-over-black institution.
[-1] May 23, 2015 at 6:41am
A higher percentage of Republicans than Democrats voted for the Civil Rights Act of 1964. However, it would not have passed without Democrat votes or strong pressure from a Democrat president.