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 teacher, was lynched in Jefferson County (Birmingham), Alabama. A mob of white men dragged her from her home, burning the house down as they left, […]

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 hot chocolate with a buttered croissant. I’ve never been enthusiastic about wretchedly overpriced coffee — my daughter was introduced to Starbucks by a friend — and […]

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 stars of the Republican Party (and there are several) who was irreparably tarnished by his association with President Donald J. Trump. When Ryan made the surprising […]

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, just 5 years old at the time, to begin to understand that central pillar of the history of her country. Alongside works by the legendary Parks, […]

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 aimed his umbrage at stores where clerks allegedly refused to say “Merry Christmas” and public school districts that insisted on proclaiming a “winter holiday” rather than […]