Aren’t black men “good guys with guns?”

For decades now, the gun lobby has vigorously promoted the dangerous view that citizens of the United States have the right to openly carry firearms wherever they want — while shopping at the mall, while eating in a fancy restaurant, while dancing in a crowded nightclub, even while engaging in worship at a church or […]

Without Roe, women will die

My mother remembers those harrowing times before the U. S. Supreme Court validated a woman’s right to control her own body, before Roe v. Wade became the law of the land. “I knew a lady — a school teacher — who died after a back-alley abortion,” she told me. Back then, there were few options […]

Exit Sessions, enter chaos

Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions is a xenophobe who opposes even legal immigration, a heartless nationalist who allowed small children to be snatched from their parents’ arms, a bigot who supported voter suppression in Alabama, a throwback who is a hardcore opponent of legalized marijuana. Still, his ouster is bad news for a nation built […]

Christine Blasey Ford’s courage and my #MeToo moment

Many years ago, when I was in my early 30s, a man tried to force me to perform fellatio on him. He grabbed the back of my head with one hand and tried to force my face down to his crotch as he unzipped his pants with his other hand. We were sitting in a […]

Is Brett Kavanaugh lying?

If you wonder why Christine Blasey Ford resisted coming forward for decades — why she waited so long to tell the world her claim that Brett Kavanaugh once sexually assaulted her — just ask Anita Hill. She could certainly tell you. Hill’s life was forever changed by her allegation that Clarence Thomas, then a nominee […]