Trump’s ‘whites only’ party

A year and a half into Donald J. Trump’s mean-spirited, vulgar and callous presidency, no one should feign surprise that he referred to some illegal immigrants as “animals.” It […] Continue Reading…

Trump cons his supporters

In the administration of President Donald J. Trump, truth is scarce, discipline is weak and old-fashioned virtues such as modesty have gone into hiding. Cynicism, however, flourishes. Just take […] Continue Reading…

Bill Cosby gets his due

Perhaps it was the pressure of the #MeToo movement, in which countless women have come forward to credibly charge powerful men with sexual misconduct, that led to Bill Cosby’s […] Continue Reading…

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…