What’s in a name?

What’s in a name?

By Dr. Harold A. Black In 2013 Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee labelled the naming of hurricanes as racist and wondered why the National Hurricane Center didn’t have black names for hurricanes. They have “white” names and Hispanic names but no black names.  Look at the names for future hurricanes (http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/aboutnames.shtml). There is not a Lebron, […]

Should Racism be Tolerated?

Should Racism be Tolerated?

By Dr. Harold A. Black Should racism be tolerated? How do you define racism? When asked that question, the leading proponent of “antiracism” Ibram X. Kendi could not define it. His definition,  “A collection of racist policies that lead to racial inequity that are substantiated by racist ideas,” is not a definition. My mother taught […]

The Cuban Protests

The Cuban Protests

By Dr. Harold A. Black blackh@knoxfocus.com The recent protests by Cubans against their repressive government highlighted stark contrasts that have been largely ignored in the media. First, such protests are rare in dictatorial socialist governments because the people are afraid of their government. The penalties are imprisonment, torture, beatings and even death. No such fears […]

Woke math invades the schools

Woke math invades the schools

By Dr. Harold A. Black blackh@knoxfocus.com On May 3rd Steve Hunley had an excellent editorial on “racist” math. I want to add to the discussion. Growing up in Atlanta’s segregated schools, I knew there was a cultural divide although I never had a conversation with a white person until I went to the University of […]

The Dumbing Down of American Education

The Dumbing Down of American Education

By Dr. Harold A. Black I just celebrated my 76th birthday and as a lifelong academic I am appalled by the continuing dumbing down of academic standards. Princeton University’s announcement that Latin and Greek will no longer be required for a major in Classics has been seen by some a further evidence of the “wokeness” […]

The President’s Budget

The President’s Budget

By Dr. Harold A. Black blackh@knoxfocus.com The president unveiled his $6 trillion budget – although using the word “budget” next to $6 trillion seems ludicrous. I will leave it to others to critique the contents of the proposal. There is one surprisingly honest facet to the budget proposal. It is that the economy is projected […]

Biden obviously hates Trump

Biden obviously hates Trump

By Dr. Harold A. Black blackh@knoxfocus.com   Today more than ever who you believe depends on what you believe. Did you see President Biden’s address to “Congress”? Neither did I. But I saw headlines and was struck by several things. First, one media source reported that 85% of viewers approved of the speech. I don’t […]