“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 […]

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 […]