President’s weekly report — March 25, 2016

Property Rights — Coy Koontz gets paid!!!!  In the “you can’t get something for nothing” category, the St. Johns Water Management District finally paid the Coy Koontz estate $602,000 for the temporary taking of the Koontz property. While it was … Continue reading

A watered down victory for equality under the law in Tennessee

This week the Tennessee House of Representatives passed a bill that bans the state government from granting race and sex preferences.  What should have been a victory for proponents of equality under the law became a nonissue when the bill was … Continue reading

Setting academic achievement goals based on skin color is a “race” to the bottom of educational policy

Individuals should not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.  Most children learn that famous line from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech at an early age.  Unfortunately, … Continue reading

Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Today we celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  We are celebrating a man who gave his life to liberty and equality under the law.  For someone born in 1979, in northern Wisconsin, it is hard for me to imagine that less … Continue reading

What does “reverse discrimination” mean?

Author: Joshua Thompson Discrimination.  Period.  With respect to race, it means treating certain people differently because they have a certain favored or disfavored skin color. I am often dismayed by opponents of racial preferences (opponents of discrimination), or proponents of … Continue reading

“The Battle for Equality”

Author: Joshua Thompson That's the title of a new article in California Lawyer, a magazine sent to me for free as an active member of the California bar.  But this is not just an article in a magazine.  California lawyers who … Continue reading

The “diversity” rationale

Author: Joshua Thompson Over at The Volokh Conspiracy, Ilya Somin has an interesting post on the justificaiton(s) for race/ethnic preferences at public universities.  He notes how there are two general theories that are held out to justify such preferences: (1) compensatory … Continue reading