Here Come the Speech Police

Jul 11, 2020

Good morning from Washington, where the question of reopening schools this fall, and how, is as urgent as it likely is in your neck of the woods. Dr. Kevin Pham looks at relevant medical facts. Plus: the Supreme Court's surprising ruling on Oklahoma and Indian land; parents should be wary of The New York Times' 1619 Project; and the speech police have not been defunded. On this date in 1905, scholar W.E.B. Du Bois and 28 other African American scholars, lawyers, and businessmen meet on the Canadian side of Niagara Falls to found the Niagara Movement as an early civil rights group. Have a terrific weekend.

By David Harsanyi

The recent assaults on the English language have consisted largely of euphemisms and pseudoscientific gibberish meant to obscure objective truths—"cisgender," "heteronormativity," and so on.
By Kevin Pham

The data increasingly suggests that reopening schools entails the least risks and should be a goal of every level of government.
By Zack Smith

Nearly 2 million people went to sleep Wednesday evening in the state of Oklahoma. When these same people went to sleep the following evening, they did so on an Indian reservation, even though their physical locations had not changed.
By Jonathan Butcher

Rewriting history does nothing to improve the quality of life for disadvantaged individuals.

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