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 […]

They don’t want us voting

You may have been taught in middle school that a fundamental tenet of democracy is that every citizen has the right to vote. That right is the foundation of every Westernized democratic state. You may have learned that the Founding Fathers didn’t believe in universal suffrage but that the United States has slowly expanded its […]

GOP blocks black voters

In January, Georgia’s Democratic voters pulled off an astonishing feat: In a state that had been reliably red for generations, they sent two Democrats to the U.S. Senate. Georgia is now represented by its first black Senator, the Rev. Raphael Warnock, and its first Jewish Senator, Jon Ossoff. Their victories were all the more miraculous […]

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 […]

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 […]