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Trump is the clear and present danger

Trump is the clear and present danger

The greatest threat to the United States right now is not terrorism, foreign or domestic. It’s not the economy or the disappearance of jobs in the coal-mining regions or the manufacturing sector. Nor is it the coming rise of the seas to lap at America’s coastal cities. The greatest threat is the Republican Party’s nominee […]

A commitment to democracy

A commitment to democracy

The North Carolina NAACP president, Rev. William Barber, tore it up and then threw down in a powerful speech at the Democratic National Convention on July 28. He called on those assembled to be a “moral defibrillator of our time,” to shock our nation with the power of love and morality. Rev. Barber did not […]

Is the GOP too blind to see?

Is the GOP too blind to see?

This week, my intention was to comment on my assessment of the Democratic National Convention. I was there. As this new standard of campaigning has demonstrated, the Republican candidate strives to dominate every news cycle – no matter how offensive his offerings may be. He injects himself into the mix whenever and however often it […]

Our nation’s unfinished business

Our nation’s unfinished business

[The summer] brought racial disorders to American
cities, and with them shock, fear and bewilderment to the
nation.
The worst came during a two-week period in July, first in Newark and then in Detroit. Each set off a chain reaction in neighboring communities . . .
What happened? Why did it happen? What can be done to prevent it […]

Trump, the fear-mongering candidate

Trump, the fear-mongering candidate

Are you cowering in your homes yet? If you watched
Donald Trump’s acceptance speech at last week’s Republican National Convention – and you believed any of it – you should be. For Trump, who spent decades living a much-publicized life of showy hedonistic excess at his signature skyscraper in the uber-wealthy blocks of midtown Manhattan described […]

Black Lives Matter, and so does the BLM movement

Black Lives Matter, and so does the BLM movement

In North Miami, Charles Kinsey was working with a patient who had a toy
gun in his hand. Someone had called police, saying that a
man had a gun and police showed up, but they apparently ignored Kinsey as he lay on the ground, hands up, telling officers that he had no gun and that that which […]

Chaos continues at a faster rate

Chaos continues at a faster rate

When President Obama hosted a press conference introducing his pick for Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, Susan Rice could not stop smirking. Her body language was like, “This is a joke! Hillary Clinton is secretary of State?”  The next four years created a horror story that present Secretary of State John Kerry cannot figure out […]

The bitter fruit of a broken Reconstruction

The bitter fruit of a broken Reconstruction

After Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Falcon Heights, Minn., there was Dallas. After rogue cops unceremoniously killed two Black men, there were five police officers killed by a deranged sniper who reportedly said he wanted to kill White police officers. Too many commentators attempted to characterize the sniper, Micah Xavier Johnson as a “revenge” killer connected […]

Dallas debunks every gun anti-safety myth

Dallas debunks every gun anti-safety myth

One of the more unsettling revelations about the tragedy in Dallas is that the mentally unbalanced gunman was rejected, after a background check, for membership in an extremist group. But he was legally able to purchase a high-capacity assault rifle. According to media reports, Micah Johnson was labeled “unfit for recruitment” among a network of […]

Enemies of the people

Enemies of the people

In the hours before the 25-year-old
Army veteran Micah Johnson launched his, in the words of President Obama,
“vicious, calculated and despicable”
attack on White officers of the Dallas
police force, something simultaneously remarkable and ordinary occurred. Department officials took advantage of the peacefulness of the early-evening demonstration there – organized to protest the killings of two Black men […]