Heading for history’s ash heap

Most of the South’s fiery segregationists are dead and largely forgotten, dumped into the ash bin of history by their fierce opposition to equal rights for black Americans. If they are remembered at all, they are thought of as racist throwbacks, small-minded men who stood on the wrong side of the defining issue of their […]

Book-burning in the Trump era

The Trump years have coincided with lots of low points in American civil society — with successive rips in the civic fabric, with countless acts of domestic terror, with numerous assaults on the values and traditions of American democracy. It is hard to construct a hierarchy that would name the worst of them. But as […]

Impeachment is the right thing

Impeachment proceedings may strengthen President Donald J. Trump by emboldening his lies, enraging and enlivening his sycophantic base and smearing Joe Biden and his son, Hunter. A vote not to convict by the Senate — which would certainly follow any “yes” vote in the House — may persuade uncertain voters that Trump has been the […]

“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 […]

Still waiting for gun sanity

No, this is not — sadly — the inflection point, not the catalyst that brings us to our senses. Dual atrocities over last weekend will not force the nation to come to grips with our crazed worship of guns. It took us a few decades to reach the depths of this insanity, and it will […]

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 […]