The Politics of Race

A white Democratic senator named Mary Landrieu is almost certainly being voted out of office in Louisiana as I write this blog. And I read somewhere that it’s because white voters have turned against her party. Surely, that’s an oversimplification. But there could be truth in it. During my 16 years here in Central Florida, I’ve noticed a […]
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A Distorted Mirror

  During my years as a journalist, I considered it my job to hold a mirror up to society. But that’s not what I see the media doing today. For example, the image of the Obama presidency that the public sees is shamefully distorted. Scanning this morning’s headlines, you will learn about protests against police […]
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Welcome Back Tiger!

  At a time like this it’s heartening to have Tiger back. I’m sure you share my deep distress at the way things are in America today. It seems the chasm separating white Americans from non-white Americans has never been wider, never more difficult to bridge. A series of police atrocities against black Americans – […]
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The Path Less Traveled

  When St. Louis Rams center Jason Brown decided to leave the last $12.5 million of his NFL contract on the table and farm 1,000 acres in North Carolina instead, his agent was shocked. “You’re making the biggest mistake of your life,” the agent said. “No I’m not,” the highest-paid center in football replied. Brown […]
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A Turkey from Tennessee

I suppose President Obama will let another turkey off the hook this holiday season. He isn’t likely to respond to Elizabeth Lauten’s rude rant against his daughters. He won’t need to. Responses from outraged Americans are pouring in. The communications aide to Tennessee Republican Congressman Stephen Fincher posted a scathing Facebook attack against Malia and Sasha, […]
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The Cold, Hard Truth

  It has been uncharacteristically cold here in Central Florida. The low temperature a couple of nights ago dipped below 40 degrees Fahrenheit. And I see on the Weather Channel that we’re the lucky ones down here. In places like Buffalo, (photo above) they’re freezing, and the snowdrifts are burying their cars. It’s no time […]
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Stickin’ it to the Workin’ Stiff

Mitt Romney told them they were moochers, so America’s working class should not be surprised when Republicans stick it to them. They should’ve known what they were voting for when they put rich, white folks in charge of Congress. I don’t know why 61 percent of white working-class voters — meaning those  with no  college degree and […]
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As Time Goes By

  I just came across a news item reporting that actor Burt Reynolds is in financial trouble and is auctioning off some personal items to bail himself out. It’s always depressing to read about some once wealthy celebrity falling on hard times, but what makes me even more downcast is the photo that sometimes accompanies […]
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Stumbling Toward the Light

As buildings burn and protests rage in the wake of the Ferguson grand jury verdict, you will hear depressing stories about an America that seems stuck in the Jim Crow past. You will hear that black Americans are many times more likely to go to jail – and, worse, to be shot dead by police – for […]
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No “Justice for All”

  Three decades ago, I stood in a Tampa courtroom and, with dozens of other starry-eyed immigrants, I raised my right hand and recited these words: I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice […]
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