We face real challenges to representative democracy

People who care about the United States’ place in the world often fret about challenges to representative democracy from other countries. I’d contend that the more formidable challenge comes not from abroad, but from within.

New exit polls reveal: 100 percent death rate!

Exit polls are conclusive— 100 percent of us will die.

The main thing we must do!

What do you consider to be the most important issue facing black people in America? Jobs?

Trump’s attack on immigrants of color

I want to direct this column quite explicitly to African Americans. When you hear Donald Trump wail against immigrants, I hope that you understand that he is also talking about you.

Migrant crisis: Europe reaps what it has sown

There is something almost Biblical about the mass exodus of desperate people fleeing Syria and other war-torn and impoverished countries. For European governments, struggling to manage the crisis engulfing their borders, the Bible has a succinct lesson they might do ...

Misty Copeland danced her way to the top

Fighting for freedom and equality comes in numerous different forms, vessels and vocations, particularly in a society with a history of stereotypical distortions about human capacity and ability based on race and ethnicity.

Sending your children off to safe spaces in college

This is the time of year that many parents send their children off to college with the hope that they will learn, mature, become independent, have a great collegiate experience, but most of all, with the hope that their children ...

Ten years after Hurricane Katrina: Changing hearts, minds and systems in New Orleans

Ten years after Katrina devastated New Orleans, it’s time for midcourse corrections in the restoration efforts.

On voting... and not

The campaigning for next year’s elections is starting to draw more attention, and with it comes a focus on voters and their mood.

Where the presidency is headed

Before the ins and outs of the 2016 presidential contest become a preoccupation for many of us, it seems a good time to step back and look at the office of the presidency for which so many candidates are vying.

Black lives should matter to black killers, too

I applaud the Black Lives Matter Movement for renewing attention on police violence against blacks, an issue that is old as the republic— for black lives do matter.

Trumping the Donald on immigration

Watching Donald Trump being interviewed this past week was— for the few moments that I could take it— quite fascinating.

Insurers' dirty tricks undermine promise of Obamacare

Thanks to President Obama's landmark healthcare law, insurance companies are no longer allowed to turn away patients with pre-existing health problems. This "guaranteed issue" mandate enables millions of sick Americans to buy affordable insurance and access vital medications.

The quiet killer: Sitting in the dark

Americans are working more than ever— and it's slowly killing them. The typical employee now logs 47 hours a week at work— and spends nearly six hours a day sitting, often in a windowless office or cubicle.

About the Confederate flag!

There was and is jubilation over bringing down the Confederate Flag in South Carolina.This flag, which in the minds of many represent the hate associated with slavery, needed to come down.