In this issue

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review May 20, 2014 / 20 Iyar, 5774

Running out of white folks

By Wesley Pruden

JewishWorldReview.com | Another great national crisis is at hand: We're running out of white folks. There aren't enough of them to suit the Democrats.

Last week the nation observed the 60th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, the declaration of the U.S. Supreme Court that legal segregation of the races in the public schools is unconstitutional. The court followed that later with an order for the states to move with "all deliberate speed" to desegregate the schools.

We've come a long way in the six decades since; everyone agrees on that much. Today there's no such required segregation and the idea that anyone would try to separate black and white by law, reprising the bad old days, is fantastical indeed. But many voices on the left insist that the nation is moving now to "resegregation" because many black children still can't sit in a classroom with white children.

And it's not just the schools. A growing chorus of Democrats complain that there aren't enough white folks to populate their party in the South. They lament the fact that 65 years ago Democrats held 103 of the 105 congressional seats in the 11 states of the Confederacy, and now Democrats have only 16 of the 131 Southern seats. "I should be stuffed and put in a museum when I pass away," says Rep. Steve Cohen, who represents an overwhelmingly black district in Memphis despite his being both white and Jewish. He wants some kind of public recognition, perhaps a brass plaque at the airport or on one of the bridges across the Mississippi River to Arkansas, proclaiming that "yes, a white Southern Democrat once lived here."

These may be heartfelt tears, but they're tears of foolish inconsistency. Mr. Cohen celebrates the right of citizens, both black and white, to live where they please and vote where they please, he just doesn't like the choices they make. Neither do Democrats who rage against the "resegregation" of the public schools.

There's a key statistic that must be kept in mind, says Roger Clegg, the president of the Center for Equal Opportunity. "The number of segregated (or resegregated) public schools in the United States is . . . zero. Segregation means sending children to separate schools because of their race; it does not mean a failure to have socially engineered racial balance. We can celebrate, unreservedly, the fact that we no longer have racial segregation in our public schools."

There's no evidence, say many researchers, that racial balance necessarily means better education for children of either race. Abigail and Stephan Thernstrom observed in their classic study, "No Excuses: Closing the Racial Gap in Learning," that "minority students are not becoming more racially isolated; white students typically attend schools that are much more racially and ethnically diverse than 30 years ago, and the modest decline in the exposure of black and Hispanic children to whites is solely due to the declining share of white children in the school age population."

The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, a liberal think tank, decries the fact that only 4.8 percent of black state legislators serve white-majority districts. A mirror phenomenon is no doubt true in predominantly black districts, where a winning candidate is rarely white. Voters, black and white, vote the way they want, the learned sociologists and loudmouth politicians be damned. It's called "democracy."

Such analysts insist that everyone is as obsessed with race as they are. The white Southerners who switched parties to make the South reliably red have done so for a lot of reasons, and legal segregation, reasons as dead in Little Rock and Birmingham as in Boston or Seattle, is rarely one of them. The Democratic impulse to embrace every strange and weird social whim, from same-sex marriage to banishing God from the public square, will always be a tough sell south of the Mason-Dixon Line, where tradition thrives and old-school morality is honored, if sometimes in the breach. Getting elected to office anywhere is hard work and there's a broken heart for every live oak on the bayou, but there have been more black elected officials, including sheriffs, legislators and congressmen, in Mississippi than in any other state.

Sixty years on, there's much to celebrate, even if the classroom isn't as white as the liberals and intellectuals think it should be. "It never ceases to amaze me," Justice Clarence Thomas has observed, "that courts are so willing to assume that anything that is predominantly black must be inferior."

Just so.

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