Heading for history’s ash heap

Most of the South’s fiery segregationists are dead and largely forgotten, dumped into the ash bin of history by their fierce opposition to equal rights for black Americans. If they are remembered at all, they are thought of as racist throwbacks, small-minded men who stood on the wrong side of the defining issue of their […]

Book-burning in the Trump era

The Trump years have coincided with lots of low points in American civil society — with successive rips in the civic fabric, with countless acts of domestic terror, with numerous assaults on the values and traditions of American democracy. It is hard to construct a hierarchy that would name the worst of them. But as […]

Bigotry embedded in police culture

There were many strange and perplexing moments during and immediately after the trial of Amber Guyger, the former Dallas police officer found guilty of murdering Botham Jean, an unarmed neighbor, after she mistook his apartment for her own. But none were more disturbing than testimony from Texas Ranger David Armstrong, the lead investigator in the […]

Greta is right about climate change

Mobile, AL. — The calendar has marked autumn, which ought to yield crisp breezes, yellowing leaves and, most of all, cool weather. But here on Alabama’s Gulf Coast, autumn has betrayed us, stubbornly refusing to give up the dog days of summer. The thermometer has registered temperatures in the 90s, often the high 90s, nearly […]

Impeachment is the right thing

Impeachment proceedings may strengthen President Donald J. Trump by emboldening his lies, enraging and enlivening his sycophantic base and smearing Joe Biden and his son, Hunter. A vote not to convict by the Senate — which would certainly follow any “yes” vote in the House — may persuade uncertain voters that Trump has been the […]