Faked hate crimes? They hurt

If “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett is guilty, as Chicago police have charged, of falsely claiming that he was the victim of a hate crime, he has done a grave […] Continue Reading…

Lessons of NYPD’s “friendly fire”

Parkland shooting survivors The death of New York City police Detective Brian Simonsen, who was fatally wounded Feb. 12 in a “friendly fire” incident, is tragic. […] Continue Reading…

The racist history of blackface

February is the time for the ritual observance of Black History Month — a brief period when schools, government institutions and even commercial enterprises feel compelled to commemorate a […] Continue Reading…

Abrams’ push for voting rights

Stacey Abrams, who will deliver the Democratic response to the State of the Union address, is a dynamic speaker, a skillful political organizer and a gifted legislator. Those qualities […] Continue Reading…

The problem with MAGA caps

Symbols are powerful, conveying profound messages with the simplest images. Soldiers carry a flag into battle and face death to hoist it aloft. Christian churches are identified by T-shaped pieces […] Continue Reading…

MLK changed his nation

It’s been more than a half century since the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated, 51 years since he was shot dead standing on the balcony of […] Continue Reading…

Don’t impeach Trump yet

There is, indeed, a national emergency, but it’s not at the southern border. A despotic, corrupt, infantile, clueless and mendacious narcissist sits in the Oval Office, at the wheel […] Continue Reading…