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...

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...

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...

‘Black Lives Matter’ today, tomorrow, forever

Whenever Black Americans use the term “Black Lives Matter” (BLM), many (but not all) Whites cringe because they believe Blacks are calling for the...

When will all lives matter?

No one in her or his right mind would expect to leave home and not return alive. Those engaged in warfare and in other...

Brazil, be careful of what you wish

It was 2009. The International Olympic Committee was going to choose which city would be the 2016 host for the World Olympics. The United States...

Brother Malcolm X’s influence on the voting rights movement

To do research for a documentary on Brother Malcolm X’s influence on the Black Power Movement, I joined with the conceiver of the project,...

Time for ‘good trouble’ inside, outside Congress

Congressman John Lewis’ call to action in the U.S. House of Representatives on June 22 was the beginning of an extraordinary event in our...

Murder and the judgment of history

“Investigation of the 1964 Murders of Michael Schwerner, James Chaney, and Andrew Goodman: Case Closed.” So stated federal and Mississippi state officials this past week...

Diversity, race – or privilege?

Our country is convulsing over issues of diversity and race. Police departments from Baltimore to Minneapolis are talking about diversity hiring as the antidote...

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