Bigotry embedded in police culture

There were many strange and perplexing moments during and immediately after the trial of Amber Guyger, the former Dallas police officer found guilty of murdering Botham Jean, an unarmed neighbor, after she mistook his apartment for her own. But none were more disturbing than testimony from Texas Ranger David Armstrong, the lead investigator in the […]

Huffman’s sentence about right

Felicity Huffman’s light sentence for her role in the college cheating scandal infuriated me. She was sentenced to 14 days in a federal prison and a $30,000 fine — a mere pause from her “rich and famous” lifestyle and a rounding error in her bank account. The additional 250 hours of community service won’t mess […]

“We wanted workers . .not people”

Last week, agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement conducted massive raids on chicken processing plants in the state of Mississippi, detaining nearly 700 immigrant workers, many of whom entered the country illegally years ago. The raids, which spanned seven cities and targeted work sites owned by five different companies, were, ICE bragged, the largest single-state […]

Trump’s other America

There are two Americas, and they are at war. In one, every word uttered by President Donald J. Trump is the golden gospel, swaddled in larger truths if hostile to simple facts. In the other, Trump is a habitual liar — a con man who has run the Oval Office as a criminal enterprise. To […]

The hate they give

My daughter was born in December 2008, just weeks after the nation elected Barack Obama its first black president. I was euphoric, overly confident in my country, giddily optimistic about the future. Addressing her in a diary, I wrote: “. . .I’m thrilled you’re going to grow up in a nation that is a much […]

The U.S. needs immigrants

For years now, ultra-conservative politician Patrick Buchanan has been at the leading edge of the hysteria over the prospect of imminent and decisive demographic change — a hysteria that currently grips a sizeable portion of the American population. In a lengthy 2012 screed titled, “Suicide of a Superpower: Will America Survive to 2025?,” Buchanan predicted […]

Cheating your way into college

You’re shocked to learn that wealthy parents allegedly paid bribes to get their children into elite colleges? Really? You shouldn’t be. Wealthy parents have been paying big bucks — perfectly legally — to get their children accepted into prestigious colleges for decades. The family makes a huge donation and, suddenly, the kid who seemed headed […]