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 […]

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 disservice to the many Americans — black and brown, Muslim and Jew, gay and transgender — who have been or will be the actual victims of […]

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 the Lorraine Motel in Memphis. In this era of resurgent bigotry, of hateful rhetoric emanating from the White House, of violent protests by white supremacists, it […]

Christmas, Christians and a wall

The conservative media axis is aflame with anger and resentment over President Donald J. Trump’s failure so far to procure funding for his wall across the southern border. It seems an odd preoccupation in a moment of a teetering economy, a chaotic White House, numerous foreign conflagrations and multiple investigations into a corrupt administration, but […]

Nike: Just buy it

Nike didn’t wait for Super Bowl LIII to debut its most powerful — and controversial — commercial. Its most recent ad campaign has already sparked outrage, with some consumers setting their sneakers on fire and posting pictures on social media sites. The cause of the combustion is the athlete at the center of the campaign: […]

Let Mollie Tibbetts rest in peace

A young woman named Mollie Tibbetts was murdered last month in Iowa. She went for her daily jog in the hamlet of Brooklyn, where she was home from college for the summer, and she didn’t return. Her body was found earlier this week in a field. That’s simply awful. Her family and friends are likely […]