Mr. Kollinger's piece in the Sunday edition of The Star Democrat was very disturbing. First, to get it out of the way, what is it with the tsunami of “sneer” quotation marks? I count 10 definite and 2 maybes. This include “racist,” “inclusive,” “culturally biased,” “identity politics,” “affirmative action” and so on. Does Mr. Kollinger think these are not valid concepts?
Mr. Kollinger is clearly biased against Democrats, as has been aptly demonstrated in his recently botched dissection of the Mueller report. (No, Rick I can't believe you read the whole thing. Maybe a paragraph, whatever.) But this diatribe of his is much more than taking a cheap shot at the governance of Baltimore, holding it accountable for the violence there. It is his stepping stone to something that is much, much more concerning.
Let's be frank. Mr. Kollinger in his non-subtle way parrots the fiction that there is an inherent disparity between African-American and white student's intellectual ability based on race (see Charles Murray, The Bell Curve). Full stop.
This thesis insults the critical thinking behind efforts to ameliorate inequities that many believe lead to the test score differences, the causes of which date back in history to before the founding of our country. Trashing these efforts comes with a requirement: What solution do you have? Rick?
BRIAN J. CORDEN, M.D.