Outside the Novahood

Editors’ Note: Our feature ‘Briefly Noted’ is now renamed Outside the Novahood to reflect more geographically its content: items that arise or occur beyond Northern Virginia and, sometimes, elsewhere. KNEELING ATHLETES BROUGHT TO HEEL Bluefield College, a school that competes… Read More ›

Recent Posts

  • Making Equity Universal

    By Frank Blechman Over the last few years, the number of observers who have ‘discovered’ inequities in the American system has exploded. Everywhere commentators looked, they found problems in education, health care, employment, and (my goodness) law enforcement. Some highly… Read More ›

  • Smarter Than God

  • The More Things Change . . .

    The January 6 assault upon the Capitol occurred, in part, because the mob was encouraged to believe that the presidential election was sufficiently close to conclude that it could be undone by compromising the vote of the Electoral College (EC)…. Read More ›

  • Racial Inequities Survive in Virginia

    Editors’ Note: Reposted from the Associated Press, February 10, 2021. VoxFairfax deemed this short piece an insightful explanation of structural and/or systemic racism. Jim Crow has survived in many respects out of sight but not out of effect. Virginia needs sweeping… Read More ›

  • Colloquy: Reparations

    Editors’ Note: This is the fourth in a series feature in which VF editors may join along with contributors to discuss a contemporary topic. This “real time” installment features Frank Blechman, Jim McCarthy, Michael Fruitman, Andrew Scalise, Barbara Johnson, and… Read More ›

  • White, Christian Extremism

    Editors’ Note: Excerpted from The New York Times, Feb. 8, 2021. Often overlooked is the relationship between religion and racial animus, particularly the reliance upon religious symbolism as justification for discrimination. This interview with a historian on the subject traces… Read More ›

  • Colloquy: Promote the General Welfare

    Editors’ Note: This is the third in a series feature in which VF editors may join along with volunteer contributors to discuss a contemporary topic. This “real time” installment features Jim McCarthy, Frank Blechman, Barbara Levine, and Andrew Scalise. Our… Read More ›

  • Not Over Till It’s Over

    A visual data table published by the Virginia Public Access Project (VPAP) on February 17, 2021, offered some interesting information concerning the fundraising campaign of the former president in the post-election period. According to VPAP, “In the eight weeks ending… Read More ›

  • The Catholic Supremes

    With the seating of Amy Coney Barrett to SCOTUS in late 2020, the Court’s Catholic cohort of members, nominally or professed, became six of nine. They are: John Roberts, Samuel Alito, Clarence Thomas, Sonia Sotomayor, Brett Kavanaugh, and Ms. Barrett…. Read More ›