What Is Different About George Floyd’s Death?

June 01, 2020

“If you had to choose a time to be, in the words of Lorraine Hansberry, young, gifted, and black in America, you would choose right now,” Barack Obama told a graduating class at Howard University in Washington DC four years ago, drawing attention to Hansberry’s 1996 collection of plays,...

Should We Say Black or African American?

April 09, 2020

“We’d rather die on our feet than live on our knees. Say it loud! I'm black and I'm proud!” James Brown thundered out this line in one of his songs. At the time, Brown would have been called a “negro” — or bogusly dignified with an uppercase N — by most other people. In fact, he...

They Don’t Really Love Trump

November 13, 2017

It would seem there that there is a big Pyongyang problem in the middle of America. When CNN's Ivan Watson visited Pyongyang over the summer, he complained that he hadn't had "a single 'real' conversation with a North Korean due to immense government paranoia." His Instagram pictures of...