The brutal truth about lynching

History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again. — Maya Angelou On July 5, 1933, Elizabeth Lawrence, a black school […] Continue Reading…

Even liberal whites may have prejudices

My nine-year-old is already a big fan of Starbucks. Like many large American corporations, the company starts early to recruit its customer base, offering kid-friendly drinks. Carly likes the […] Continue Reading…

Paul Ryan’s tarnished reputation

If House Speaker Paul Ryan believes he can still save his reputation, he is sadly mistaken. Historians — and voters — will remember him as one of the once-bright […] Continue Reading…

Dr. King changed the country

A few years ago, I took my young daughter to Atlanta’s High Museum of Art to see an exhibition of photographs entitled “Gordon Parks: Segregation Story.” I wanted Carly, […] Continue Reading…

The fake ‘war on Christmas’

For years, former Fox News host Bill O’Reilly railed against the predations of liberal heathens who were supposedly out to destroy the religious significance of the Christmas season. He […] Continue Reading…

GOP’s campaign against voting

The franchise is a formidable weapon. That’s why it is despised by dictators, authoritarians and anti-democrats the world over: It is the one instrument that can reliably subvert their […] Continue Reading…

Donald Trump is destroying democracy

In the waning days of the 2016 presidential election, worried political prognosticators, including more than a few moderate Republicans, papered over their fears about the possible victory of Donald […] Continue Reading…