Gilbert T. Sewall

Gilbert T. Sewall, director of the American Textbook Council in New York City, is co-author of After Hiroshima: The United States Since 1945 and editor of The Eighties: A Reader. He is also a reviewer for Publishers Weekly.

Asians on Campuses

 

When the New York Times reported that the Justice Department’s civil rights division might investigate and litigate “intentional race-based discrimination” on campus, focusing on earlier complaints from Asians at Harvard University, affirmative-action engines roared into action, with the inevitable exhaust about racism and privilege in America. In the vaporous world of college admissions, of course, “intentional […]

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White Privilege — and White Fragility — Take No Summer Holiday

 

Late summer is a nice time on college campuses. Summer session and sports camps wind down, and professors head for the lake. But social justice warriors who are busy parlaying race, gender or oddity into tenure or turf don’t take vacations. Transformation is what they do. Race and gender remain flash points. But keeping the […]

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The Fourth of July in Postmodern America

 

July 4 is a national holiday that celebrates the creation of the United States of America in 1776, a day for patriots of all flavors. With the festivities and fireworks comes a salute to all those who have made the nation what it is. As the Founders knew, a self-governing nation requires exempla virtutis, ideal […]

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The Holy War Against Immigration Controls

 

A controversial executive order in January banning travel from Mideast countries linked to terrorism remains a political football in May. For months, federal courts have conducted a hard-to-follow scrimmage, blocking orders when it’s pretty clear that the president has authority to do what Donald J. Trump has done. This week, a Virginia federal appeals court […]

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Inquisitions and Tribunals on America’s Campuses

 

Young women on college campuses have reasons to be fearful. The sheltering protections of housemothers and parietals are long gone. Unisex dorms and bathrooms do not raise eyebrows. Time-honored patterns of courtship and chivalry have gone up in smoke, leaving women empowered but vulnerable. Young men who are louts can and do scheme to obtain […]

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‘Fair Harvard’: A Modest Proposal

 

Two verses of the college song, Fair Harvard, are sung traditionally as the university’s alma mater on entrance and departure from the college. The last lines are: Farewell! be thy destinies onward and bright! To thy children the lesson still give, With freedom to think, and with patience to bear, And for Right ever bravely to […]

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Queer Dance Party for Climate Justice

 

The Resistance might seem far away from some TAS readers’ lives. But in Washington, D.C., large parts of the media and policy intelligentsia do not consider Trump a legitimate president. A former D.C. television producer I know believes assassination is the answer. Civil disturbances and psycho behavior possible only in postmodern America are receiving a pass […]

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Dr. Smith, Meet Henry Sanchez

 

Meet Henry Sanchez, an 18-year-old who was attending Montgomery County’s Rockville High School in Maryland not far from Washington, D.C. Authorities failed to deport him before, well, bad things happened. For those who believe in open immigration policies, Sanchez and José Montano, 17, are very bad news. Montgomery County police say the two of them […]

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Required Reading From Charles Murray

 

Social critic and author Charles Murray’s own vivid account of what recently happened at Middlebury College should be required reading for any serious student of higher education. It gives a chilling picture of what today’s campus Jacobinism looks like, up-close and ugly. Last week, at bucolic Middlebury, a well-regarded school in the center of Vermont, […]

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The Lessons of Oroville

 

Oroville dam and its out-of-control spillway dramatize California’s sudden water turnaround this winter. The rains continue, and about 7 inches are predicted this week in the Sacramento Valley. The six-year drought is over. “At least for now,” say Californians. Like other Americans, they greet any unusual weather event by affirming climate-change awareness. In pouring rain […]

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