"You can always count on Americans to do the right thing -- after they've tried everything else."
That's an observation widely credited to Winston Churchill, though it's one he may or may not have ever made. Whoever said it, the truth of the axiom has seldom been more obvious than now, as we watch the fall of the Confederate battle flag. It is too early to say whether this will prove lasting. But the signs certainly point toward a seismic shift.
This is for Elisabeth Hasselbeck of "Fox & Friends," who described last Thursday's act of white extremist terrorism at Emanuel AME church in Charleston as an "attack on faith."
There is something I have never understood about the argument over global warming.
Of the 60 people who co-founded the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People in 1909, only seven were, in fact, "colored." Most of the organization's founders were white liberals like Mary White Ovington. Its highest honor, the Spingarn Medal, is named for Joel Spingarn, who was Jewish and white.
To the Honorable Antonin G. Scalia, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States:
Twenty-one years ago, your then-colleague, the late Justice Harry Blackmun, wrote what became a famous dissent to a Supreme Court decision not to review a Texas death penalty conviction.
According to legend, it happened because he didn't want to leave the gaming table. Maybe he was riding a hot streak.
I am not normal.
This, I learned from a news story 35 years ago. The details have faded with the passage of time, but the gist of it remains clear. Some expert had crunched a bunch of numbers in search of the "average" human being, the planetary norm, and found that she was an 8-year-old Japanese girl, living in Tokyo. I don't fit that profile; I'm willing to bet you don't, either. So as a matter of statistical fact, I'm not "normal" and neither are you.
Recently, I watched the first episode of "The Briefcase," CBS' new "reality" show. I found myself vaguely ashamed for doing so. I kept reminding myself that I had to watch it in order to write about it.
Police chief's viewpoint is an antidote to distrust
For all the decades of its existence, American social conservatism has been rooted in a premise simple enough to be fully expressed in just three words:
Us versus them.
Before he tried marijuana, he thought of trying suicide.
Heavy drinking hadn't helped. Nor had various pills prescribed by Veterans Affairs doctors. He was still angry, still depressed, still could not sleep.
Maybe some people didn't understand the question.
It was posed in this space a few weeks ago by Tracy, a self-described 55-year-old white woman from Texas who is sick and tired of the mounting litany of police violence against unarmed African-American boys and men. She wanted to know what actions she, as an average person, might take to help bring about change. "What can I do?" she ask
Luis Lang would like you to send him some money.
He has taken to GoFundMe (gofundme.com/s78e9w), the crowd-funding website, trying to raise $30,000. Lang, who is 49 and lives in Fort Mill, South Carolina, is slowly losing his eyesight to diabetes. Without surgery, he'll go blind. Those grim facts notwithstanding, some may not find Lang the most sympathetic candidate for charity.
A few thoughts about Toya Graham, just in time for Mother's Day.
On the Thursday before Baltimore burned, Mr. Lee went to Washington.