Source: ABC11

Few people in American history command the bipartisan, virtually universal acclaim and laud that Frederick Douglass enjoys today. A profoundly gifted writer and activist who spent much of his life fighting against the dark substance of bigotry, Douglass’s legacy — like that of any other — can be read as a complicated one. Law professor Randall Kennedy has remarked that Douglass:

could be a vain, selfish, opportunistic jerk, capable of subordinating political good to personal pique.

Douglass promised that he would never permit his desire for a government post to mute his anti-racism. He broke that promise. When [President Rutherford…


Source: Media Psychology

A number of the ancient Greeks believed that hope was a disease. Maybe it is. Often, we are “hopeful” because the unpleasant things in life would otherwise might lead to suicide or insanity. But what if being hopeful does not mean running away from insanity but escaping into it? How certain are we that the aspirations we have for a better world are attainable?

Sure, there are plenty of examples from history that can be used to suggest that hope ignited commendable change and progress. But it seems a contestable thing to say that somehow our world is better than…


Credit: Grace Family Church

Race is perhaps American democracy’s most splendid and spectacular issue. But unlike a football, it can’t be punted down the line and ever really get through the goal post. More yet, the punting seems to never end, as if the end zone is constantly pushed further back (maybe people aren’t kicking hard enough).

Or maybe the problem isn’t entirely with people; it’s the tools used to address problems in a secular democracy.

I would like to think through pain a little bit, and how secular democracy has shaped the way people process it and reflect on it. Shot through with…


Source: Mental Floss

…the wholly enlightened earth is radiant with triumphant calamity. — Theodor Adorno & Max Horkheimer

Disease is perchance the great equalizer that higher education should have been looking for. It does not discriminate, and it is extremely prejudicial without regard to race, ethnicity, or gender. More importantly, it brings out the degree to which students are committed to the ideals that are easy enough to talk about on social media or “cancel” someone over. If anything, the coronavirus outbreak should be understood as a litmus test to see what the average university student truly values.

Across university campuses in the…


Source: The Hewlett Foundation

If you have no critics you’ll likely have no success. — El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz

On January 28, 2020, the Emory College Republicans (ECR) and Emory Law Federalist Society (FedSoc) co-hosted an event featuring Manhattan Institute-affiliated political commentator Heather MacDonald. In her talk, Ms. MacDonald touched on a number of hot-topic issues related to diversity in higher education. In the days leading up to the event, a number of Emory Law students — markedly disappointed and upset about Ms. MacDonald’s views and the decision to allow to her speak at Emory — organized a counter-event of sorts in the same vicinity…

Shahrukh Khan

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