Outside the Novahood

DO NOT FEED THE CHILDREN In 2017, a parent, learned that school lunches were being taken away from childrens’ hands when they could not pay for the meal. Instead, children were given a cheese sandwich or a snack. This inspired… Read More ›

Lies Suborn the Faithful

Editors’ Note: Reposted from NPR, February 21, 2021. Jared Stacy is still processing his decision to leave Spotswood Baptist Church in Fredericksburg, Va., last year. Until November, he was ministering to young parishioners in their 20s and 30s. But in… Read More ›

Tangled Up in Blue

Book Review by Frank Blechman Rosa Brooks’ new book, Tangled Up in Blue: Policing the American City, does not have all the answers about how to improve policing or police. Maybe, it doesn’t have any. It is, however, an honest,… Read More ›

Around the Novahood

LOCAL BRAGS OF JAN 6 CAPITOL ATTACK A Winchester man who admitted that he and his cousin were inside the Capitol on Jan. 6th stated that they got a handshake from a Capitol officer, who told them, “It’s your house… Read More ›

Make No Law . . .

It was crystal clear to the authors of the US Constitution that the English experience in having established a state-favored religion caused unending mischief and bad public policy to the detriment of those who did not belong to the Church… Read More ›

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 ›

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 ›