Do you know what little respect black and Hispanic residents of New York City have for following the rules that make living in the city bearable — for not “loitering,” or not riding their bicycles on the sidewalk, or not spitting on the street, or not walking through parks after dark, or — my particular favorite — having a license for their dogs?
We ought to regard the nation's criminal justice system as a distant cousin of the former Soviet Union's infamous gulag archipelago.
We've now moved to a new stage of the racist reaction to the police killing of Michael Brown: the largely overt assertion that he deserved to be killed.
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."