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 […]

The Pope blasts the death penalty

In 1988, Walter McMillian was convicted of a crime he didn’t commit and sentenced to death, charged with the1986 murder of Ronda Morrison in my hometown of Monroeville, Al. McMillian was a poor black man, so local authorities found it relatively easily to dragoon him for the murder of a young white woman, despite the […]

A black woman governor for Georgia?

As Georgia’s Democratic nominee for governor, Stacey Abrams has taken on a daunting challenge. If elected, she would be the first black governor of a Deep South state — and the first black woman governor of any state. Despite the excitement she has generated among Democrats nationwide, Georgia has remained reliably red for the last […]

Crime is falling, fear is not

Mobile, AL. — Listening to some campaign commercials, I’m swept into the 2013 horror film, “The Purge” — which portrays a terrifying evening of violent crime. Here in Trump country, politicians running for posts from sheriff to attorney general are pledging to bring an end to what the president has infamously called “American carnage.” Steve […]