A few words on the death of Carsyn Leigh Davis.
It has become predictable that the political right always knows whom to blame for disaster. After the 2018 massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, Donald Trump blamed video games. After the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, Pat Robertson blamed a pact with the devil. After ...Read more
So now, Karen’s got a gun.
To be clear, her name wasn’t actually Karen — it was Jillian Wuestenberg. But Wuestenberg’s behavior — while with her husband, Eric Wuestenberg, she drew a gun on a black woman and her daughter in a parking lot near Detroit last week after she and the girl inadvertently collided — is certainly Karen-like. ...Read more
Even if this ends well, it will not end well.
Mind you, if it ends badly - that is to say, if Donald Trump is returned to the White House in November - America’s likely future will be, in the words of Thomas Hobbes, “nasty, brutish and short.” But the paradox of our predicament is that even if it ends well - Joe Biden becomes the 46th ...Read more
It comes down to a binary choice. Either he is a monster or an ignoramus.
Either Donald Trump did nothing when informed that American intelligence believed Russia was paying a bounty to the Taliban for killing American military personnel in Afghanistan, or he had no clue, didn’t even know it was going on.
A monster or an ignoramus? Well, ...Read more
This is an emergency.
Election Day is little more than four months off, voters facing their most important choice since 1860: Donald Trump or America? It’s a decision that will define the future.
And millions of us wonder if we’ll get to have our say.
Such is the state of things seven years almost to the day since the Supreme Court ...Read more
The death toll now stands at 120,000. The United States, with roughly 4 percent of the world’s population, accounts for about 25 percent of its COVID-19 deaths.
Those states that reopened despite warnings that doing so would cause a spike in coronavirus cases are now seeing — all together now — a spike in coronavirus cases. And Donald ...Read more
“I wish I knew how it would feel to be free” – Nina Simone, 1967
Here’s a knock-knock joke:
“Aunt Jemima who?”
“Ain’t yo’ mama on the pancake box?”
Okay, so you’re not laughing. But that joke killed in 1969 on the playground at Adams Junior High. ...Read more
Dear Dwight Howard:
So I hear you’re not sure you want to come back and play basketball. Your team (also my team), the Los Angeles Lakers, was considered a championship contender before the season was abruptly halted by the coronavirus pandemic. Now comes word the NBA plans to resume a modified schedule on a closed campus at Walt Disney World...Read more
This column is presented as a public service.
A few days ago, Greg Glassman, the founder and CEO of CrossFit, set off an uproar by belittling the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police. In a Zoom call with gym owners, he bristled at the idea of memorializing a man whose killing outraged the nation and the world.
“We’re ...Read more
For two weeks now, outrage has convulsed America: pundits, preachers, protesters, and at least one “severely conservative” GOP senator all raising their voices to condemn police brutality.
Yet, here’s the startling truth: No one has made a stronger case against the police than the police.
There is not space enough to talk about it all ��...Read more
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution
Those words have no ...Read more
After George Floyd became the latest unarmed African American killed by police.
After cars were overturned and cities were burned.
After armies of angry people filled our streets with raw screams.
After all that, a white man with an impressive title went on CNN to explain things. “I don’t think there is systemic racism,” opined National...Read more
“I know you’re asking today, how long will it take?”
Thus spake Martin Luther King Jr. at the end of the Selma to Montgomery voting rights march. He went on to assure his soul-weary people that the moment of their deliverance was just a little ways down the road.
“However difficult the moment,” he said, “however frustrating the ...Read more
Always before, there have been words. Always before, someone crafted them with writerly skill and gave them to the president to give to us. Always, before.
When seven people died aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger, President Ronald Reagan spoke of how, just that morning, they “waved goodbye and ‘slipped the surly bonds of Earth’ to ‘...Read more
Dear Mitch McConnell:
Why don't you just go ahead and call Barack Obama the n-word?
You know you want to. It'd probably do wonders for your blood pressure. And it would free you from the tiresome charade of using coded language to say the same thing. It would also free the rest of us from having to listen.
Your latest vomitous spew came last ...Read more
Eighteen-year-old Dameon Shepard was playing video games when the mob came to his door. Some were carrying guns.
It must've felt like one of those old westerns where the sheriff faces down angry townsfolk demanding the blood of the desperado inside his jail. Or, given that Shepard is black and the more than 15 people at his door were white, it ...Read more
That video broke my heart. If you've seen it, you need no further explanation. You know exactly what video I'm talking about and why it shattered me. If you haven't, be advised that the clip in question depicts the last seconds in the life of Ahmaud Arbery. He was just 25, a young man out jogging on a sunny Sunday afternoon in Glynn County, ...Read more
We're all in this thing together.
Or so we are told by celebrities, politicians and every third TV commercial. It's the lullaby with which America soothes itself every time these shores are attacked. That's why Monday, Dec. 8, 1941, saw long lines at military recruiting offices and millions of dollars pouring in to the ...Read more
"Tomorrow, robins will sing."
"Tomorrow there'll be sunshine, and all this darkness past."
"Hurry, tomorrow. Tomorrow, I need you now."
In other words, tomorrow is the place where things will get better. Tomorrow is where everything turns out all right. It is in America's national character ...Read more
Dear Donald Trump:
Man, I have to admit it. You really got me good.
When you looked straight at Dr. Deborah Birx last week and started musing how people might be able to cure COVID-19 by exposure to ultraviolet light or injecting household disinfectants, I thought you were serious. I said to myself: "Wow, Donald Trump just seriously suggested ...Read more