Opinion / Columnist


The GOP’s ‘Enemies’ List’

It’s getting more and more difficult to keep up with the lengthening list of people, groups and nations the Republican Party’s presidency-seekers are designating as targets.

Trump and immigration: constructing a police-state America

At bottom, the plan of Donald Trump, the GOP’s political playboy, to “solve” America’s crisis of undocumented Latino immigration is really quite simple: Turn the US into a police state.

Trump’s trump card: The conservative mob

The fate of the Republican Party’s presidential sweepstakes at the moment is being controlled by two political Frankensteins—both of them of the GOP’s own creation. One, of course, is Donald Trump, the wealthy demagogue who is leading the crowded GOP ...

The GOP debate and the other elephant in the room

The August 6th Fox News-sponsored, two-tiered debate of the GOP presidential primary candidates has shown anew that the Republican Party’s continuing to explore different ways a political party can self-destruct.

The second deadly assault on Sandra Bland

It started within moments after Sandra Bland was found hanging in a Waller County jail cell. And it hasn't let up for one moment since her dubious death. The “it” is the non-stop litany of veiled and not so veiled ...

The GOP “Ideology:” Cruelty as a political weapon

Donald Trump’s bully-boy behavior also revealed something far more worrisome than just his boundless ego and inability to counter in sophisticated fashion the criticism any presidential contender gets. It perfectly reflects what’s become the foundation of Republican Party politics at ...

White racism costs whites, too

The fact that a call for change has followed the interracial protests of the last two years against questionable police killings of black and Hispanic Americans suggests that more and more whites and other people of color understand the “cost” ...

Speaking now against the day

Numerous analysts have rightly noted the stunning speed with which the public-sector and private-sector rationale for displaying the marker of white supremacy and a treasonous rebellion eroded. There’s no question that indicates a sizeable number of white Americans in the ...

Jacob Lawrence’s “Migration Series” at MoMA

I recently wrote that several extraordinary developments of June — the tragedy at Charleston’s Emanuel AME Church and its aftermath, and the two U.S. Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage and Obamacare — marked it as one in which momentous ...

Pride, prejudice and the Confederate flag

Immediately following the Charleston massacre businesses, politicians, and assorted institutions rushed to disassociate themselves from a flag made even more infamous by a 21-year-old Confederate flag waving madman. Sadly, it took a century and a half for them to do ...

Why the Confederate flag will continue to fly — for now

The shooting of 9 churchgoers in Charleston, North Carolina, and that state’s refusal to lower a Confederate Flag on state property in the wake of the shooting, have thrust the Confederate Battle flag into the national spotlight.

What part of democracy are they afraid of?

It’s not too soon to ask a critical question of citizens of voting age who tend to vote for Democratic candidates: Do you think you’ll be allowed to vote in 2016? The Republican Party in numerous states across the country ...

Dudley Williams and the beauty of discipline

Dudley Williams, the incomparable artist who danced with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater for more than 40 years, passed away last week at the age of 76. I agree wholeheartedly with the well-deserved praise of Dudley Williams, the artist. ...

America’s true crime problem

The Justice Department’s scathing report on the management and practices of the Cleveland police force is the latest to show that police departments’ racist practices toward blacks and Hispanics is also both a cause and effect of bad policing: of ...

The Waco biker riot and the lexicon of racism

America’s present-day “racial divide,” has never been more strikingly displayed than in the refusal of much of the mainstream and conservative media to describe the May 17 biker riot in Waco, Texas as a riot.