Try to tell a 6-year-old about Selma

Television news reports have shown old video footage of the original marchers trying to make it across the Edmund Pettus Bridge. The footage all ends the same way, of course: men and women beaten about the head and face, falling as the blows rain down. How do I explain that march fifty years ago … Click here to continue --->

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Fifty years after Selma

Historians refer to that day fifty years ago as “Bloody Sunday” because of the indelible images of brave men and women beaten to their knees — some knocked unconscious — as they tried to march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge. It hardly seems possible, now, that they were attacked so … Click here to continue --->

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Let’s retire Black History Month

Is it already that time of year? It must be: black lecturers are busy on the speaking circuit; black authors have been pushed to the front shelves of book stores; school teachers, black, white and brown, are teaching their charges how George Washington Carver, ah, invented the peanut. It’s Black … Click here to continue --->

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The problem with Hillary’s wealth

Poor Hillary Clinton. She’s rich. And that’s a problem for her presidential campaign. Even as the economy finally mounts an apparently sustained recovery, income inequality remains a primary worry for American voters. According to a poll by the Pew Research Center last November, 78 percent saw … Click here to continue --->

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Yes, vaccines should be mandatory

My parents didn’t fear vaccines. They feared the diseases — whooping cough, measles and polio, among them — that vaccines were meant to prevent. They saw immunizations as a godsend. They grew up in rural Alabama in an era when medicine had not conquered common and highly contagious diseases … Click here to continue --->