Just as the Republican Party is poised to take control of Congress, a key official's actions and words remind us — just in time for the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday — that it remains implacably hostile to what King represented and what the holiday stands for.
Now, in the season that's supposed to exalt goodwill toward all, comes fresh evidence of the important role the white majority's unwillingness to consider black Americans as their counterparts across the color line plays in maintaining the racial divide.
From nearly the moment he was attacked by a New York City police officer July 18, the world has, via that chilling video, watched Eric Garner die. Are we now about to see the "traditions" that led to his death and — thus far — have enabled his killer to escape justice die, too?
The latest proof that the lethal Ebola virus is not a threat to the American public was greeted with deafening silence from Republican officialdom, the conservative echo chamber and their mainstream media allies, who had ginned up the Ebola "crisis" with the-sky-is-falling exaggerations, half-truths and outright lies.
Three reports released this month on the arrest activities of the New York City Police Department should ratchet up the already significant questioning of the department's use of the "broken windows" approach to policing.
The U.S. Supreme Court earlier this month let stand the state of Texas' latest attempt to use the old tactics of the Jim Crow era and rig state and national elections in favor of the Republican Party by denying black and Hispanic voters access to the ballot.
To read and hear much of the commentary and charges from conservative pundits, talk-show jockeys and Republican members of Congress, one would think Ebola is on the verge of spreading like wildfire.
Thomas Eric Duncan's death was sufficient to trip yet another outbreak of a different kind of horrible virus that has been coursing through American society for the past six years. This virus shows itself as the workings of a diseased mind, not a diseased body. I follow the lead of others who’ve called it "Obama Derangement Syndrome."
Amid heightened concern in the U.S. about the ferocious Ebola disease, two prominent Republican office holders last week seized upon the proper concern over a Liberian national in Dallas testing positive for the virulent disease as a chance to show they think the GOP's political cesspool has no bottom.
What was Alessandra Stanley, the longtime television critic of the New York Times, thinking that caused her, in that now-infamous article, to mislabel Shonda Rhimes, the TV hit maker, the paragon of the "Angry Black Woman" and traffic in the most misguided attitudes about black artists, black women and black people in general?