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An Oldie But Goodie

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Race baiting has become a favorite indoor sport these days, certainly among the pro-defense crowd who want to put their opponents on perpetual defense with yarns about how imprisonment disproportionately "targets" black criminals.  They tend to be a good deal quieter about how crime disproportionately targets black victims, because that's not nearly as good a narrative for whipping up white guilt.  Such guilt is an important tool for dumbing down the moral confidence we need to remain resolute in dealing with thugs, black or white.

John Hinderaker reminds us that race baiting has a long and dishonorable history. One of its most memorable episodes celebrates its 25th anniversary (more or less) this year.  That would be the famous Tawana Brawley hoax.  John's Powerline entry features an excellent New York Times film on the story.  It's 14 minutes and worth your time.

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