Articles by Mary Grabar

A Howard Zinn Pandemic

n the midst of a global pandemic, left-wing pundits and politicians spin the blame to comport with the propaganda coming from Communist China, the regime responsible for the virus’s spread in the first place. And as students are forced to take classes remotely, companies such as National Public Radio, Newsela, and the Zinn Education Project—with […]

Is Your Christmas Tree Racist?
(And Other Tall Tales from Academia)

’Tis the season for rooting out discrimination and racism, whether it be the selection of Santas or hand gestures at the Army-Navy game—along with the culmination of a campaign beginning on January 20, 2017, to impeach a president declared “racist” by all smart and sophisticated people.  Add to this racist Christmas trees.  I learned this […]

Channeling Howard Zinn

If there was any doubt about the political purpose of the New York Times’ 1619 Project this summer it should have been eliminated at the third Democratic Party primary debate. Senator Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) opened by accusing President Trump of “trying to sow hate and division among us.” Three-house-owning millionaire Senator Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.) inveighed […]

America, the Racist

Writing in the December 1991 issue of Academic Questions, Fred Siegel, associate professor of history at Cooper Union and a self-described liberal and Democrat, bemoaned a fashionable trend in history writing. The “New Historians,” he quipped, saw American life as “a story of defeat, despair, and domination. American history became a tragedy in three acts: […]

A ‘Green Book’ for Conservatives?

Last year, an Oscar-winning movie made known to many of us what the “Green Book” was—a guidebook listing accommodations for the African American traveler during the days of Jim Crow segregation.  Today, I fear, we may need a “Green Book” for conservatives and Republicans.  Stephanie Wilkinson, co-owner of the Red Hen restaurant in Lexington, Virginia, […]

No Boys Allowed

Ten years ago while teaching English at Emory University, I noticed a trend. Each year there seemed to be more and more girls on campus. Also, from the time I started teaching college in 1993 as a graduate student, I would hear gripes from male students about their high school teachers and college professors who […]

Our Conservative Folks Part 2: Campuses Are Becoming Unsafe Spaces for Conservative Students

The attack on Middlebury College political science professor Allison Stanger, who moderated a talk by scholar Charles Murray, has received some attention—as it should. There is something about the image of a professor wearing a neck brace from an attack by a mob on campus that should raise alarms. Stanger became a target by virtue […]

Our Conservative Folks

Back in the days of Jim Crow, many whites defended racial discrimination by trotting out stereotypes about “Our Black Folks,” who they maintained were satisfied with the status quo. Oh, they are quite happy with being maids, bootblacks, and sharecroppers, said the apologists. They like living on their “side of the fence,” as a character […]

The World Obama and Supplicant Republicans Have Made

In 2008, then-candidate Barack Obama famously disparaged middle America at a San Francisco fundraiser, calling them bitter people who “cling” to their guns and religion.  Obama’s opponent, John McCain, did not defend these Americans. Instead, his campaign reined in the feisty Sarah Palin. In debates with the cocky community organizer McCain muttered about “bipartisanship.”  After the […]