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It's not like I told you so, but I told you so. For years I have been documenting the increasingly oppressive atmosphere for free speech at Cornell University, including shout-downs and disruptions of conservative and/or pro-Israel speakers and events. That atmosphere now is in overdrive with a push from the top-down of the admninistration to turn the campus into an exercise is activism, Cornell University takes a major step towards compulsory racial activism for faculty, students, and staff.

Edward Ball is the author of a new book called 'Life of a Klansman: A Family History in White Supremacy' which explores ugly, racist aspects of his own family's past. You would think this is a book which would appeal to progressive college students. At Tulane, a talk by Ball has been canceled for now, because student critics were outraged by the very idea of this event.

I have repeatedly pointed out, in response to the cancel culture targeting me over my criticism of the Black Lives Matter movement, that things have changed on campuses in ways most people don't fully appreciate. The new activism surrounding race is completely at odds with the traditional goals of the civil rights movement -- that all people be treated with dignity and afforded the protections of our laws without regard to race.

There has been another walk-back of shame for our press this week. Earlier this week, social media was breathlessly spreading NBC's report that new Trump administration guidelines could potentially deny “birthright citizenship” to the children of American military members abroad.

I remember when Halle Berry won her Best Actress Oscar back in 2002 for Monster's Ball; it was such a huge deal--she beat Judi Dench! It was the same year Denzel Washington won for Training Day, and everyone agreed that entertainment awards would never be the same because an actor and actress of color had both taken home a prestigious award. Apparently, Halle and Denzel didn't set a standard that year---they set a quota. From last night's Golden Globe awards: Is anyone else already exhausted? Twitter was: