There are people who do not matter much.
That's a painful truth, starkly at odds with our Jeffersonian creed and national mythology. But it is a truth, nevertheless, one frequently proven in actions if denied in words.
In this country, by dint of race, gender, class or status, some people just don't seem to matter. Apparently, Tammy Jackson is...Read more
This is a column about saving whiteness. It's precipitated by an incident last Saturday at a bookstore in Washington.
Seems that author Jonathan M. Metzl was giving a presentation when a group of white nationalists barged in. They formed a phalanx between him and the audience, and one of them harangued the crowd with an electric bullhorn, ...Read more
"The first thing we do, let's kill all the referees."
Admittedly, that is not quite how the famous line from Shakespeare's "Henry VI" goes. As you may recall, it was actually the lawyers whose demise was proposed.
But though no one is known to have uttered the words above, they still neatly encompass the strategy conservatives have long used ...Read more
At least Judas got 30 pieces of silver. Franklin Graham got a tax cut and the promise of a border wall.
Some may consider it unfair, likening the tragic villain of the Bible to Billy Graham's controversial son. And no, their sins are not alike. Judas handed Jesus over to his enemies, then killed himself in anguished repentance. Graham is just a...Read more
I'll admit that I've been wishy-washy about this.
In May of 2017, shortly after Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey and spilled top-secret information to the Russians, I took to this space to chide his party for its silence in this monstrosity of a presidency and to demand action. "Impeach him now," I wrote.
By January of this year, my...Read more