Author: ctucker

Ketanji Brown Jackson faces bigots

In 1851, Sojourner Truth, who had been born into slavery, gave a remarkable speech at a convention organized by suffragists. She brilliantly noted perceptions of her womanhood as contrasted to the womanhood of her white sisters. “That man over there says that women need to be helped into carriages, and lifted over ditches, and to…
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More Big Lies

Recently, the governor of Mississippi reaffirmed his campaign against the teaching of history with a blizzard of falsehoods and flagrant nonsense recited on camera. It’s too bad there was no one as courageous as Russian TV editor Marina Ovsyannikova to sneak up behind him holding a sign with the words, “No lies. Don’t believe the…
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Driving the price of gas

MOBILE, Al. — Americans, especially those of us in the Sunbelt, have been spoiled by relatively cheap and easily-available gasoline. We drive long distances not only for the things we must do, such as commuting to jobs, but also for the things we choose to do, such as commuting to kids’ sporting events. We buy…
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Trumpists hateful over highways

Once upon a time, not so very long ago, the U.S. Congress was expected to pass bills and make laws that served the citizens by, for example, improving health care, cleaning rivers and streams or bolstering the national defense. If Republicans and Democrats disagreed on the means or methods to accomplish those things, they hammered…
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Haitians face a familiar racism

Having grown up in the Deep South under the cruel lash of Jim Crow, I was jolted back to my childhood by the images of dark-skinned Haitians driven back by mounted Border Patrol agents — terrified black people helpless before light-skinned men on horseback. I remember the television footage of Selma’s Bloody Sunday, when white…
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