In Alabama, 50 years after Selma, voting rights are once more under assault.
From the moment he surfaced in 2013 as White conservatives' latest "Great Black Hope," Ben Carson has made any number of offensive remarks typical of the conservative commentary of the Obama years. But early last week, he released what is undoubtedly his greatest hit: He said a Muslim American should not be president of the United States.
Is #BlackLivesMatter a criminal organization that advocates attacks on and murder of White police officers? That's the snake-oil pitch the conservative echo chamber is making these days.
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.
Donald Trump, the blowhard mogul masquerading as presidential candidate, has once again discovered the problem with trying to be a demagogue in a democracy: It's the risk of "going too far."
Has the pernicious fiction that there was something honorable about the Confederate rebellion — treason in the defense of slavery, as one observer so trenchantly put it recently — finally been irredeemably shredded?
It's getting to be difficult to recall a week when, thanks to public exposure of videos, or tweets, text messages or emails, we've not seen another shocking example of police mistreatment of black or Hispanic citizens under questionable circumstances.
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.
Without the video, North Charleston, South Carolina, police Officer Michael T. Slager would likely have gotten away with murder.
Pity the poor, put-upon anti-gay bigots.
This winter the media's been ablaze with stories about racist, homophobic and sexist slurs being hurled this way and that by college students and other adults.
One of the many questions provoked by the “open letter” 47 Republican senators published last week to try to wreck the multinational effort led by the Obama administration to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons is this: Do they understand their obligation to the rule of law?
Is Raymond Wilford, a 26-year-old black Seattle resident, not dead or seriously injured only because the white mall security officer who maced and then arrested him didn't have a gun?
Among the formal definitions for "acting the fool" are: one who is deficient in judgment, sense or understanding. Perhaps the dictionaries should add a new one: today's Republican Party.
For most of the last decade, James Robertson, a 56-year-old Detroiter, walked to work every day. Of course, anyone who's not been on planet Saturn this month knows that simple sentence is a gross understatement.
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?
The lack of overall progress is bad news for black Americans, for the old truism still applies: If white America has a cold, black America has pneumonia.
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."
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.
Question: What do you call someone who believes White shopkeepers and owners of other large and small businesses have the “right” to discriminate against Black people? Answer: Rand Paul.
Now, the world knows something of the story of Solomon Northrup, a "free" Black American from New York who was kidnapped by slave-hunters in the 1840s and for the next 12 years suffered the life of a captive in America's man-made hell of Negro Slavery.
Arizona's Republican Gov. Jan Brewer, after nearly a week of reading the political tea leaves, vetoed a bill Feb. 27 from her state's GOP-controlled legislature that its advocates stated had the innocuous purpose of shoring up protections for the "free exercise of religion."
It all seems so familiar, doesn't it? A Black man, or woman, or child is murdered by a White person — and America's criminal justice system compounds the tragedy.
Arnold Pinkney's business acumen and civic activism validated to an extraordinary degree the Civil Rights Movement's promise of what destroying the barriers to Black Americans' full participation in American society could produce.
Isn’t it time to think of the Republican Party’s quest for the presidency as haunted? That'd be a good question to put to Chris Christie, the latest GOP “golden boy” trying to get his feet out of the political clay.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. hasn't been this alive since 1968.
A virus has been sweeping through the ranks of the conservative movement in recent years — and it seems to be getting worse with each passing week.
It's the current American reality that's become a nightmare for millions upon millions whose lives, occupations and economic stability once seemed to embody it.
Is American society willing to let the 21 million American children — one quarter of all American children — who live in households that get food stamps endure not just less to eat, but actual hunger?
Just as the holiday season begins, when the thoughts and actions of some focus on compassion for others, we could be about to witness the government's forcing the poor to go hungry — the product of political horse-trading in Washington that has erased a critical portion of the already-meager subsidy the federal food stamp program provides the more than 47 million Americans who receive it.