When King came up against Chicago racism

Fifty years ago, Martin Luther King Jr. and his Southern Christian Leadership Conference took on a new challenge: expose and overcome racial discrimination in Chicago. Here, Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, author of From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation, explains the backdrop to this new struggle of the civil rights movement and tells the story of a challenge to…

Silencing America as It Prepares for War

Returning to the United States in an election year, I am struck by the silence. I have covered four presidential campaigns, starting with 1968; I was with Robert Kennedy when he was shot and I saw his assassin, preparing to kill him. It was a baptism in the American way, along with the salivating violence…

We Liberals Have to Stop Being so Damn Smug

[dropcap]I[/dropcap] didn’t vote for Trump. I consider myself a liberal with a small “l.” I believe in the value of basic humanity, diversity, and the freedom of religion enshrined in the constitution. Donald Trump was a candidate who seemed to respect none of those values, and the idea of him ascending to the Oval Office filled…

What A Black Woman Wishes Her Adoptive White Parents Knew

Ariel Davis “Without light I am not only invisible, but formless as well; and to be unaware of one’s form is to live a death.” —Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man Let’s begin with the picture. A small Polaroid taken of my family in the early ’90s at a flea market in Denver, Colorado. There were five…

Remembering Norman Borlaug, a Man Who Quietly Saved Hundreds of Millions of People

The twentieth century is remarkable for bloodshed and lives lost through the madness of men. Stalin and Mao created environmental ruin and starved around 40 million individuals. The Black Book of Communism details another 70 million lives lost through the action of Soviet “cooperatives,” all in peacetime. World War I and the later monomania of Hitler and his financiers pushed…