EDUCATION

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 ›

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 ›

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 ›

Diversity Teaches

By Frank Blechman Living in the middle of ethnically and socially diverse Northern Virginia has some advantages. We have a lot of choices of cuisines, both in restaurants and in our grocery stores. We don’t have to go very far… Read More ›

Colloquy: Police Qualified Immunity

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

Around the Novahood

GMU STUDENTS IDENTIFY LANGUAGE BOO-BOO A translation error on the Virginia Department of Health’s website apparently has been advising Spanish readers they don’t need the coronavirus vaccine.  The issue arose during a Virginia Vaccination Advisory Workgroup telemeeting when a member… Read More ›