The flurry of polls released last week revealed that sharp disagreements exist between Black and White Americans about the killing of Michael Brown by a White police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, on Aug. 9, about the street protests that have followed, and about several issues of how police interact with civilians.
In the midst of a crisis when America's national government needs to act swiftly, one can count on the Republican Party, driven by its reflexive anti-Obama mania, to oppose any positive action.
Last week, the Supreme Court issued two decisions that the Court's conservative majority and the larger conservative movement pretended were about "religious freedom."
How much is a person's innocence worth?
The racism and sexism Donald Sterling has so bluntly put on display multiple times now, along with other recent developments, has underscored that these forms of bigotry in America, while less powerful than before, are still widespread and will be for a long time to come.
Increasingly for many of its residents, New York has become a city full of high anxiety about where they can afford to live.
Beyond the laughable hypocrisy of Cliven Bundy asserting that "the Negro" is too dependent on government largesse, his words underscore that American conservatism's central motivating force from the long-ago past to the present has always been the oppression of "the Negro."
Hank Aaron, the major leaguer who 40 years ago broke Babe Ruth's titanic home-run record, recently spoke the truth about the source of some of the opposition to President Obama the politician and the man — and in doing so, illuminated a blazing truth about American society as a whole.
Could you use an additional $24,000 in your yearly wages? How about nearly $19,000? Or even just another $11,000 to $12,000? Those figures are what you get — or rather, what women who work full-time don't get — because of the pervasive "wage gap" between women and men.
Last week the U.S. Supreme Court added another layer of bricks to the wall conservatives are trying to build to transform the American political system from a "one person, one vote" democracy into one that is ruled — via legislative enactments and judicial decision-making — by the wealthiest individuals and corporate entities.