Friday September 19, 2014
September 4th, 2014
To be young, male and black in America means not being allowed to make mistakes. Forgetting this, as we've seen so many times, can be fatal.
The case of Michael Brown, who was laid to rest Monday, is anomalous only in that it is so extreme: an unarmed black teenager riddled with bullets by a white police officer in a community plagued by racial tension.
Across my desk recently came a reissue of the 1964 classic "The Drinking Man's Diet," a cute little volume that maintains that if you drink a bit you'll lose weight. Counterintuitive, because one of the things we think we know about alcohol is that it provides truly empty calories, which generally speaking cause weight gain (see, for example, soda).
How to describe Congressman Paul Ryan’s reaction when Ray Jose showed up at his Florida book signing?
Let’s say it was like a vegetarian who, suitably bibbed for a suitable meal, sees a rack of lamb slide before him.
Jose is an organizer for United We Dream, a political group made up of young people for whom the DREAM Act was written.
Of all the adventures my lucky children had this summer - swimming in two oceans, hanging out on their bearded uncle's commercial salmon fishing boat, endless popsicles - the biggest one, they told me, was just 495 feet away in their own Washington, D.C., neighborhood.
They got to walk to the corner store on Capitol Hill by themselves. Clutch your pearls, America. The boys are 7 and 10. Apparently, I could be arrested for this.
The tragic shooting of a black teenager by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, has sparked an intense debate about the state of race relations in America, but there's little indication much will change.
Gov. Rick Perry of Texas is running for president again. What are his chances? Will he once again become a punch line? I have absolutely no idea. This isn't a horse-race column.
What I'd like to do, instead, is take advantage of Perry's ambitions to talk about one of my favorite subjects: interregional differences in economic and population growth.
Two weeks after the killing of Michael Brown, we have become painfully familiar with his parents through their public appearances and television interviews, their faces drawn, their sorrow apparent.
The Affordable Care Act was supposed to be a slam dunk issue for the Republicans in this fall's elections. Karl Rove told us so in April, writing that "Obamacare is and will remain a political problem for Democrats."
So how's that Obamacare thing working out for the GOP?
Televised scenes of fires and looters ravaging storefront buildings in Ferguson, Missouri brought flashbacks in my memory to other urban riots a half-century ago -- and to lessons that Ferguson officials failed to learn.
Among them: Never underestimate the power of police brutality to enflame black communities.