Jonathan Kay presents highlights from this year’s Heterodox Academy conference, featuring Steven Pinker, Karith Foster, Jennifer Collins Bloomquist, Dan Mogulof, Lara Schwartz, Brandon Calhoun and Coleman Hughes.
Jonathan Kay talks to Coleman Hughes about what it was like testifying to Congress about reparations and the reaction his testimony has received. Coleman wrote an article for Quillette about why he’s opposed to reparations in March of this year.
Greg Ellis reads The High Price of Stale Grievances, Coleman Hughes’s essay about whether the historic injustices suffered by African-Americans is a good reason for holding them to different standards than Americans of European ancestry. It was published in Quillette on 5th June 2018.
Jonathan Kay talks to Coleman Hughes about his latest Quillette article, which concerns an allegedly racist incident at Barnard College. Coleman, who is an undergraduate at Columbia, doesn’t think the Barnard employees involved are guilty of racism.
On Thursday, April 11, shortly after 11pm, a black Columbia student named Alexander McNab walked through the gates of Barnard college—the undergraduate all-women’s school at Columbia University—after ignoring a security guard’s request to show his student ID. In search of a midnight snack, McNab got all the way to the library canteen before a public safety officer confronted him and asked for his ID a second time, a request McNab once again refused. Several more officers had arrived on the scene and were continuing to request ID when McNab began yelling. What happened next, depicted in the video below, has become the subject of a national scandal: two officers pushed McNab’s upper body onto the countertop, at which point McNab finally handed over his ID. Public safety proceeded to verify that he was indeed an active Columbia student, at which point they left him alone. Administrators reacted to the incident by placing the six public safety officers involved on paid leave until outside investigators reach a conclusion about their conduct. In the meantime, administrators have …
Canadian editor Jonathan Kay talks to Coleman Hughes, Quillette columnist and Columbia University student, about being out of step with the prevailing orthodoxy at an Ivy League college, classical liberalism and playing in Rihanna’s backup band in 2016.