A look back at the people and events that made news the past week. Week-ends is a regular weekly feature of This Just In…
HEROES OF THE WEEK
VILLAINS OF THE WEEK
Schools that canceled classes for A Day Without a Woman
QUOTES OF THE WEEK
“The recent flurry of marches, demonstrations and even riots, along with the Democratic Party’s spiteful reaction to the Trump presidency, exposes what modern liberalism has become: a politics shrouded in pathos. Unlike the civil-rights movement of the 1950s and ’60s, when protesters wore their Sunday best and carried themselves with heroic dignity, today’s liberal marches are marked by incoherence and downright lunacy—hats designed to evoke sexual organs, poems that scream in anger yet have no point to make, and an hysterical anti-Americanism.
“All this suggests lostness, the end of something rather than the beginning. What is ending?
“America, since the ’60s, has lived through what might be called an age of white guilt. We may still be in this age, but the Trump election suggests an exhaustion with the idea of white guilt, and with the drama of culpability, innocence and correctness in which it mires us.
“White guilt is not actual guilt. Surely most whites are not assailed in the night by feelings of responsibility for America’s historical mistreatment of minorities. Moreover, all the actual guilt in the world would never be enough to support the hegemonic power that the mere pretense of guilt has exercised in American life for the last half-century.
“White guilt is not angst over injustices suffered by others; it is the terror of being stigmatized with America’s old bigotries—racism, sexism, homophobia and xenophobia. To be stigmatized as a fellow traveler with any of these bigotries is to be utterly stripped of moral authority and made into a pariah. The terror of this, of having ‘no name in the street’ as the Bible puts it, pressures whites to act guiltily even when they feel no actual guilt. White guilt is a mock guilt, a pretense of real guilt, a shallow etiquette of empathy, pity and regret.”
Shelby Steele is the Robert J. and Marion E. Oster Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution
“He’s saying, I want you to be proud of the country and have a job. So liberals seem to only see, like the crazy tweets. And we act like that’s all he’s doing. But his supporters actually ignore those tweets. You want to know the tweets they cherish? The one where he’s taking credit for the stock market that’s rising and their 401(k)s doing better and the jobs he so-called saved. If progressives want to understand Trump supporters, those are the tweets we need to be paying attention to.
“I think he’s driving liberals insane. I mean that. I think he is. And I’m seeing more — I’m seeing liberals and progressives now so mad and distracted and depressed, I’m like, I don’t really want y’all to be in charge either.”
CNN’s Van Jones
“Even if I could, I’m never re-enlisting. Being sexually harassed online ruined the Marine Corps for me, and the experience.”
Marine Lance Cpl. Marisa Woytek, who had photos stolen from her Instagram account and posted to Marines United with comments alluding to sexual assault and rape
“Attending this strike is something you have to wrestle with as a teacher, because you’re leaving your students for a day. But teachers use many ways to instruct, including teacher modeling. And today I’m modeling social justice for my students.”
Maribeth Whitehouse, 53, a middle school special education teacher in the Bronx, on why she took a personal day from work to attend an International Women’s Day rally
“I don’t give a [expletive] about what anyone thinks about me; I never will. I’m OK with myself, I sleep pretty good at night.”
Casey Anthony, on knowing that much of the world believes she killed her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee, despite her acquittal
“You’re stuck with me for another 6½ years.”
FBI director James Comey, telling a cybersecurity conference that he plans to serve his entire 10-year term
“Maybe, rather than getting that new iPhone that they just love and they want to spend hundreds of dollars on, maybe they should invest in their own health care.”
House Oversight Committee chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, discussing poor people’s access to health care, one day after the House GOP unveiled its plan to replace the Affordable Care Act
OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK
MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK
MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK
A Day Without a Woman. What the hell excuse is next to protest?
STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK