A fundamental failure of leadership

I was very disappointed to see Senate President Pro-tem Phil Berger attack members of the body he’s supposed to be leading. In a medium post, he accuses Democrats of being “mask hypocrites,” showing photos of Democratic Senators not wearing masks. I cannot imagine...
Preserving our history while retelling our story

Preserving our history while retelling our story

After more than 100 years of telling ourselves a Big Lie, we are coming to terms with our history. The reaction by some is to tear down everything. The reaction by others is to preserve it all. The two sides appear irreconcilable.  A meme conservatives are...

Monuments, reactions, and elections

Monuments, reactions, and elections

The Confederate monuments surrounding the state Capitol came down this weekend. Protesters pulled two of them off a 70 foot tall monument on Friday night. Gov. Roy Cooper had two more removed on Saturday and the third statue of the big monument removed yesterday....

Recognizing a more honest history

Recognizing a more honest history

Today is Juneteenth, the anniversary of the emancipation of slaves in Texas. The day has long been one of celebration in the African American community. Yesterday, the National Archives announced they have found the original order, delivered by a Major F.W. Emery on...

White privilege and Black indignities

White privilege and Black indignities

The News & Observer’s conservative columnist  Peder Zane makes an argument that I’ve heard frequently since the unrest over George Floyd’s death. “It is no longer enough to be non-racist,” he writes. “Now we must be anti-racist – that is, we must devote...

Fake news leads to fake history

Fake news leads to fake history

We’ve all heard the saying “History is written by the winners.” In the South, history was written by the losers and the winners let them get away with it. The story of the Civil War that white people told for the past one hundred twenty years or so is wrong. Today,...

The sheet is off

The sheet is off

The sheet is off. Donald Trump has decided that he is only president of reactionary white Americans. As a national awakening begins reshaping the nation’s opinions on race, Trump is sending a clear message that he opposes any movement toward addressing the wrongs done...

An audience of one

An audience of one

Political ad buys in recent weeks offer insight into the Trump White House and exposes Trump’s pathological dysfunction. They show a man with little self-control or self-awareness who is easily triggered, as the kids say. The whole episode is also hilarious.  The...

A seminal moment in history

A seminal moment in history

I believe we are living in an extraordinary moment right now. Fifty years after the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s, the country is about to take another major step toward rectifying racial injustice, this time shifting attitudes as much as laws. A new generation...

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