Culture (page 5)

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    Cancel culture reaching a tipping point?

    Andrea Widburg of the American Thinker highlights a possible turn in cancel culture. I’ve learned that, if I apply my natural cynicism and pessimism to anything that originated with leftists, I will almost invariably correctly predict the future. Nevertheless, there’s a small part of me that always hopes…
    Mitch Kokai, March 15, 2021
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    Probing the attack on Dr. Seuss

    Kyle Smith of National Review Online turns his attention to a high-profile victim of today’s cancel culture. Jake Tapper thinks I misrepresented him as part of what I called “the censorious Left” in a piece the other day. I don’t think I was distorting his views, but he…
    Mitch Kokai, March 12, 2021
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    Canceling Dr. Seuss means bad news for the rest of us

    John Daniel Davidson of the Federalist explores the latest instance of kooky cancel culture. It involves a beloved children’s author. Dr. Seuss has been cancelled. Some of his work has been deemed racist, and we can’t have that. On Tuesday, the entity that oversees the estate of Theodor…
    Mitch Kokai, March 4, 2021
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    Shakespeare targeted by the woke

    Dan Hannan writes for the Washington Examiner about one of the most disturbing targets of today’s woke culture. “Shakespeare’s works,” the School Library Journal tells us, “are full of problematic, outdated ideas, with plenty of misogyny, racism, homophobia, classism, anti-Semitism, and misogynoir.” There follows a litany of complaints…
    Mitch Kokai, March 2, 2021
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    Setting yourself apart from the corrupt

    J.B. Shurk recommends at American Thinker that people differentiate themselves from today’s popular culture. A few years back, Jim Caviezel spoke at a number of venues to discuss his new movie, Paul, Apostle of Christ. Rather than shying away from his Christianity or attempting to filter his words…
    Mitch Kokai, March 1, 2021
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    Is pushback to critical race theory a new civil rights issue?

    Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson recently fired shots against the new social studies curriculum in North Carolina that is oriented more towards critical race theory. Robinson’s comments, and the resulting backlash from a disgusting WRAL cartoon, have helped to highlight the issue statewide.
    Ray Nothstine, February 16, 2021
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    COVID rules’ long-term cultural impact explored

    Elle Reynolds argues in a Federalist column that government rules linked to the COVID-19 pandemic force us to “trade substance for sterility.” In 1960, John Steinbeck and his French poodle Charley left New York to take a road trip from Maine to California, as Steinbeck said, “in search…
    Mitch Kokai, February 16, 2021
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    Do 20% of children go hungry?

    I was in middle school before I realized that my family was poor — what we today call the ‘working poor.’ My dad was a truck driver with an eighth-grade education, and my mom a housewife who stayed home to raise four kids. At one point she sold Avon to…
    Donna Martinez, February 12, 2021