John Lewis’ legacy: Warnock, Ossoff

As his remarkable life was drawing to a close, Georgia Congressman John Lewis penned an opinion essay to be released upon his death. Published in The New York Times on July 30, it was an eloquent but urgent call to action, its message the same bold invocation seen in his life’s work: “Democracy is not […]

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 […]

Breonna Taylor: Collateral damage in ‘war on drugs’

The Louisville Metro Police Department has fired Brett Hankison, one of three police officers involved in the egregious death of Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old emergency medical technician who was shot dead in her home though she was not guilty of any crime. Prosecutors should go further and bring criminal charges against all three. Civilians have […]

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 […]