Promise of LeBron’s new school

Basketball great LeBron James deserves every bit of the praise he’s getting for opening a new public school, the I Promise School, in his hometown of Akron, Ohio. The academy, which started its first academic year on July 30 with third- and fourth-graders, aims to help academically-challenged … Click here to continue --->

The Pope blasts the death penalty

In 1988, Walter McMillian was convicted of a crime he didn’t commit and sentenced to death, charged with the1986 murder of Ronda Morrison in my hometown of Monroeville, Al. McMillian was a poor black man, so local authorities found it relatively easily to dragoon him for the murder of a young … Click here to continue --->

A black woman governor for Georgia?

As Georgia’s Democratic nominee for governor, Stacey Abrams has taken on a daunting challenge. If elected, she would be the first black governor of a Deep South state — and the first black woman governor of any state. Despite the excitement she has generated among Democrats nationwide, Georgia … Click here to continue --->

Crime is falling, fear is not

Mobile, AL. — Listening to some campaign commercials, I’m swept into the 2013 horror film, “The Purge” — which portrays a terrifying evening of violent crime. Here in Trump country, politicians running for posts from sheriff to attorney general are pledging to bring an end to what the … Click here to continue --->

President George Wallace Trump

In “The Politics of Rage,” his brilliant 1995 analysis of George Wallace’s visceral appeal, scholar Dan T. Carter notes that the infamous Alabama segregationist had an uncanny ability to home in on the fears and resentments of working-class whites who were angered by cultural change. And that … Click here to continue --->