OK, you win. We surrender.
Never thought I’d say that, but then, I never thought I’d see gunmen... Read more
Maybe this is trite, maybe it is appropriate, maybe somehow, it is both, but the staggering news that comedian Robin Williams has died — as a... Read more
The signs were all there.
This is what jumps out at you in perusing postmortems of the two greatest surprise attacks in American history. In... Read more
And what shall we say now that the monster has died?
His estranged sons Mark and Nate told the world just a few days ago that their 84-year... Read more
Somebody design the T-shirts. Somebody ready the bumper stickers.
Gov. Jan Brewer has not said at this writing... Read more
“You can get killed just for living in your American skin.”
On Aug. 7, 1930, two young black... Read more
You want to know the worst part?
It isn’t the incident where a police officer stopped a man at the 207 Quickstop convenience store and threw... Read more
The N-word again. Of course.
Six years after the NAACP staged its symbolic burial, that word has proven rumors of its demise greatly... Read more
In 1865, American slavery ended with the Confederate surrender at Appomattox Courthouse and the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment.
Since... Read more
A couple months ago, I got an email from Supreet.
Supreet is in the 11th grade. He shops at Walmart and plays basketball. His father came to... Read more
I have nothing to say about the murder of Christopher Lane.
The killing of this Australian man, allegedly by a group of... Read more
This isn’t your average summer movie crowd.
It’s not just that they are largely African-American, skin in all the shades of buttermilk,... Read more
It’s been a war on justice, an assault on equal protection under the law.
And a war on families, removing millions of fathers... Read more
Dear Anthony Weiner:
Don’t bother to explain. We’ve already heard enough.
Don’t write a book about it.... Read more
“There are very few African-American men in this country who haven’t had the experience of being followed when they were shopping in a... Read more
I was standing in line with God, buying tickets to see Monsters University. He’s a big Billy Crystal fan. “So,” I said, “have you... Read more
Last week was bittersweet for the cause of human dignity.
On one hand, the Supreme Court gave us reason for applause, striking down barriers... Read more
See if this makes sense to you:
For years, I’ve argued with certain African-American people about their insistence upon using the so-called... Read more
I have not seen the video.
Not saying I won’t, but for now, I’ve chosen not to. To rush online and seek out cell phone footage of two... Read more
It should’ve been the shot heard around the world. Chances are, you didn’t hear it.
An ominous sort of history was made last week near... Read more
There are many things to say about Brad Paisley’s new song.
The country music giant is under fire for “Accidental Racist,” about a Starbucks... Read more
Ordinarily, I’d address you as Mr. Obama or Mr. President, in deference to your office. But we need to have us a guy-to-guy chat... Read more
Jonylah Watkins died on a Tuesday.
She was with her father, who was sitting in a minivan in Chicago on the night of March 11 when someone... Read more
Really? Bobbie Smith, too? Geez.
This is what I’m thinking when word comes that the lead singer of the Spinners has died. It comes a month... Read more
“Make me wanna holler, way they do my life.” — Marvin Gaye, “Inner City Blues”
Karen Houppert has written a... Read more
One day, many years ago, I was working in my college bookstore when this guy walks in wearing a T-shirt. “White Power,” it said.
I was... Read more
Well, I sure got that one wrong.
Four years ago, on the eve of the last presidential election, I wrote in this space of how the country has... Read more