Racism is a white problem.
I know that many white people will instinctively and emphatically resist that observation.
"We kind of gave him -- 'All right, you get a mulligan. You get a do-over here."
Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council, on the white evangelical response to Donald Trump's alleged tryst with a porn star
Have you ever seen the moon?
You will likely answer that you have, many times.
MEMPHIS -- Martin Luther King's men had a different question.
That has to be the explanation. As they cowered in closets, as they said goodbyes and waited, with gunfire echoing down the halls, to die, something inside stirred itself.
I'm here to defend cultural appropriation.
"Cross-cultural influence," would be the less pejorative phrase. But the term above, with its connotations of grand-theft culture, is the one favored by some African-American activists who've had it up to here with nonblack performers borrowing the soul and style of Michael, Marvin and Prince. Singer Bruno Mars is the latest to feel their ire.
So what should we say to Robert Ussery?
People were furious that Breana Harmon Talbott was raped by black men.
She actually wasn't, but we'll get to that.
This is a column about 42 percent of Republicans.
It is also a column about trust.
I am a child of domestic violence.
As a boy, I couldn't fall asleep until I heard my father return from his nocturnal ramblings.
So apparently this is now Republican Party doctrine:
You can't trust the news media. They're biased.
You can't trust the CIA. They're hacks.
You can't trust the Justice Department. It's unfair.
You can't trust the FBI. It's disgraceful.
But you can trust Donald Trump.
This is about a question Donald Trump failed to answer.
Granted, there are a lot of those, but this was a particularly tough one.
What we've got here is failure to communicate.
Except it's not really failure. It's actually unwillingness to communicate, fear of what communication might mean. After all, if you communicate, you might understand some painful truths -- and then where would you be?
Sisters are doin' it for themselves.
That, you may remember, was the title of a hit 1985 pop song. But 33 years later, pop has become prophecy.
It is likely not a question you've given a lot of thought. After all, the urgency of our ongoing disaster leaves little time for speculation. One is too busy tallying up the damage that's happening to worry about the damage that could.
And here we are, one year later.
I was wrong.
Years ago, people used to ask me what journalists should do to combat the nation's drift toward "factish" and "truthy" logic.
A few words on the difficulty of voting while black.
America desperately wanted this book. America desperately needed it, too.
It really wasn't all that bad.
That, at least, was the consensus response from a dozen historians to whom Politico posed a question in the waning hours of the old year: "Was 2017 the Craziest Year in U.S. Political History?"
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