Things I Read Today

From ColorLines: “Fox Wants to “Debate” Bigotry, and Juan Williams Makes It OK”

Fox’s contribution to our “debate about these issues” is to make them into a debate in the first place. The right has screamed with such glee over Williams’ firing not just because they love beating up on NPR, though it’s certainly a reliable foil for anyone championing anti-intellectualism. They revel in the Williams story because it offers another chance to hammer home the notion that there are two legitimate sides to the bigotry conversation.

From the Good Men Project: “Confronting Life”

“You’re killing your unborn baby!”

That’s what they yelled at me and my wife on the worst day of our lives. […]
Across a crowded street, two people with “God Is Pro-Life!” signs and pictures of torn-up fetuses managed to drive the blade in even deeper. Again, I was left trying to console the inconsolable, feeling even more helpless this time, because I wasn’t allowed into surgery with her.

Running on pure adrenaline, and without even a hint of a plan, I grabbed my cell phone and crossed the street. I didn’t know what to say or how to say it, I just knew I wanted to make public the cowardice of these protesters. The video’s below—they didn’t disappoint.

From the Wall Street Journal: “Putting a Price on Professors”

“Every conversation we have with these institutions now revolves around productivity,” says Jason Bearce, associate commissioner for higher education in Indiana. He tells administrators it’s not enough to find efficiencies in their operations; they must seek “academic efficiency” as well, graduating more students more quickly and with more demonstrable skills. The National Governors Association echoes that mantra; it just formed a commission focused on improving productivity in higher education.

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