Republicans hate democracy

On November 9, 2016, I woke up in a country I did not recognize. Donald J. Trump, reality TV host, racist and grifter, had just been elected president. Four years later, the election of Joseph Biden has done little to ease my sense of alienation, of distress. I am still a stranger in a strange […]

Trump orphaned hundreds of kids

When the history of America in the early 21st century is written, it will include a viral pandemic that killed hundreds of thousands, a reckoning over centuries of racial violence and oppression and a president who stoked the prejudices of a loud minority who fear demographic change. It will also include a nightmarish policy in […]

A lifeline for Dreamers

You’d think that any American president would be delighted to welcome hard-working and ambitious young adults clamoring to join the American family. But President Donald J. Trump has been openly hostile to black and brown people he could paint as “other” — dangerous, lazy, lawless, un-American. Resurrecting the rage, resentment and racism of George Wallace […]

Old Confederacy is tumbling down

Ignore President Donald J. Trump, whose latest tactic to mollify his base is to forbid the renaming of military installations that honor Confederate military officials. The GOP-controlled Senate Armed Services Committee has already added an amendment to an all-important defense bill that would strip the names of Confederate commanders over the next three years. The […]

Cops don’t need tanks or grenade launchers

With a deranged narcissist in the Oval Office and his lackey controlling the Department of Justice, there is no point looking to the federal government to curb police violence. Instead, President Donald J. Trump will do everything in his power to encourage it. In the wake of protests over the murder of George Floyd, he […]

Virus will devastate Deep South

MOBILE, Al. — A close friend here confided her worries about the plans for an April family funeral. Her extended family wants to memorialize a loved one with a well-attended funeral in a small church in eastern Alabama, and they hope to gather afterward at a home for the traditional repast of Southern-style comfort foods. […]

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 […]