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Not Even the Reality of Racial Violence Can Overcome the Razzle-Dazzle of a Presidential Candidate

From the Left / Clarence Page /

Sixty years after the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s historic March on Washington, much of his dream is still just a dream.

I’d like to offer a more cheerful message, but that’s hard today, even for a resilient self-described optimist like me, after this year’s anniversary march on the Washington Mall was followed the next day by a ...Read more

Republicans Seek Strength in the GOP Debate After Donald Trump’s Indictments

From the Left / Clarence Page /

Vivek Ramaswamy got off to a great start in this primary season’s first Republican presidential debate, and then things slid rapidly downhill.

The 38-year-old entrepreneur and graduate of Harvard University and Yale Law School is a new face in politics, national or otherwise, as his opening line suggested with an indirect reference to another...Read more

Will the Upending of the ‘Blind Side’ Story Help Chill Hollywood’s ‘White Savior’ Complex?

From the Left / Clarence Page /

Too bad. I really wanted to believe “The Blind Side,” even though I knew it was sort of a fairy tale for grown-ups — or for kids who want to sound like grown-ups.

I’m old-fashioned enough to believe that a heartwarming story with the “BOATS” label — “based on a true story” — is Hollywood’s way of reassuring me that all is ...Read more

Why #MontgomeryRiverfrontBrawl Gained New Meaning in Black Conversations

From the Left / Clarence Page /

It’s summertime but, contrary to George Gershwin’s classic tune from “Porgy and Bess,” the livin’ was not easy at the event memorialized in a social media hashtag as simply #MontgomeryRiverfrontBrawl.

Brawl, indeed. The melee is a mess to sort out, but my guess is that alcohol was involved.

What else explains the rapid and ridiculous...Read more



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