Tue, 11 Nov 2008 00:00:00 ESTIt's been said that the ascendancy of Barack Obama signals the beginning of a "post-racial" America.
Mon, 26 Dec 2005 00:00:00 ESTSo, what's next?
Mon, 19 Dec 2005 00:00:00 ESTI'll breeze right past the fact that the heaviest mail day of my career as a newspaper columnist came when I announced the end of that career. What I want to think about instead is something that is enormously flattering and still a little mysterious.
Mon, 12 Dec 2005 00:00:00 ESTThe beginning of the week usually finds me in Durham, N.C., preparing for the classes I teach at Duke University. But this was fall break, and I didn't have to make the trip.
Mon, 05 Dec 2005 00:00:00 ESTFor the first time in a decade of teaching, I'm doing a seminar on column and opinion writing. And I find myself wondering if I'm training another generation of buggy-whip makers, skilled craftsmen with no demand for their work.
Mon, 28 Nov 2005 00:00:00 ESTWhen it comes to Iraq, are the congressional Democrats chicken-hearted flip-floppers, merely clueless critics with no ideas of their own -- or are they Karl Rove cunning?
Mon, 21 Nov 2005 00:00:00 ESTThirty years ago law enforcement came up with the approach documented in the film "Scared Straight" -- using tough-talking prison inmates to frighten juveniles out of their lawless behavior.
Mon, 14 Nov 2005 00:00:00 ESTOil profits "go up and down," Exxon Mobil Chairman Lee Raymond told the Senate the other day, explaining why the oil giants' huge post-Katrina profits were not profiteering.
Mon, 07 Nov 2005 00:00:00 ESTOKOLONA, Miss. -- "Mr. Raspberry! Mr. Raspberry! I have something to tell you," the young woman called as she caught up to me during a break in the Baby Steps program a week ago. Then, grinning with delight, she told me.
Mon, 31 Oct 2005 00:00:00 ESTI talk to Sylvia Hewlett about her research on corporate underappreciation of black executives and my mind goes back to the 1934 film version of Fannie Hurst's "Imitation of Life."
Mon, 24 Oct 2005 00:00:00 EDTBlack women are sick of marriage.
Mon, 17 Oct 2005 00:00:00 EDTIn one recent year, just under half of all young black men in the District of Columbia were in prison, on parole or probation, awaiting trial or sentencing, or being sought on a warrant. In Baltimore, one in five black men aged 20 to 30 was in custody. Numbers like these no longer surprise.
Mon, 10 Oct 2005 00:00:00 EDTYou know by now what William Bennett said: "You could abort every black baby in this country, and your crime rate would go down."
Mon, 03 Oct 2005 00:00:00 EDTTom DeLay has been indicted for criminal conspiracy, and the former House majority leader's carefully constructed and fiercely defended redoubt of power seems about to go kablooey .
Mon, 26 Sep 2005 00:00:00 EDTKathryn Edin and Maria Kefalas's new book, "Promises I Can Keep," explains -- in their subjects' own words -- why so many poor women opt for single motherhood.
Mon, 19 Sep 2005 00:00:00 EDTAmericans of a certain age like to remember when there was a thing called community. Not community as in such political blocs as the "gay community" or the "Hispanic community," but community as in neighbors who could count on each other in time of trouble.
Mon, 12 Sep 2005 00:00:00 EDTThe Duke University class I teach on family and community had no trouble with the New Orleans "looters" who smashed store windows for food and clothing. They had done their reading, so they understood that an important element of what makes a community work is the willingness of people to abide by agreed-upon rules.
Tue, 06 Sep 2005 00:00:00 EDTLast week brought us one big story -- and one almost incomprehensibly huge one. The huge story, of course, is the still-unfolding devastation of Hurricane Katrina. The merely big one was a report out of the Census Bureau that the number of Americans falling into poverty has increased again, for the fourth straight year.
Mon, 29 Aug 2005 00:00:00 EDT"Come on, George. Let's leave this casino and go to bed. It's obviously not your night."
Mon, 22 Aug 2005 00:00:00 EDTThe Transportation Security Administration, having rendered cockpit crews less vulnerable to hijackers by strengthening the cockpit doors, is now (1) reviewing its list of items passengers may not bring aboard, (2) proposing to minimize the number of passengers who have to be patted down at checkpoints and (3) taking another look at the rule that requires most passengers to remove their shoes.
Mon, 15 Aug 2005 00:00:00 EDTIf you're concerned about the rightward drift of the U.S. Supreme Court, you may be hoping -- as I am -- for a smoking-gun revelation that would disqualify John G. Roberts Jr.
Sat, 06 Aug 2005 00:00:00 EDTWell, they've nailed Bill Frist. The Senate majority leader let himself get caught proclaiming both the sanctity of human life and his opinion that maybe we ought to expand embryonic stem cell research.
Mon, 01 Aug 2005 00:00:00 EDTI first heard the numbers from sociologist Andrew Billingsley:
Mon, 25 Jul 2005 00:00:00 EDT"There is a crisis of unprecedented magnitude in the black community, one that goes to the very heart of its survival. The black family is failing."
Mon, 18 Jul 2005 00:00:00 EDTOne way I know I've heard a keen insight into a difficult problem is when I find myself thinking: I knew that all along .
Mon, 11 Jul 2005 00:00:00 EDTThe trouble with the Kentucky display of the Ten Commandments, said the Supreme Court, while approving a similar display in Texas, is that the it was motivated by a "predominantly religious purpose."
Mon, 04 Jul 2005 00:00:00 EDTThe poll numbers are alarming -- 77 percent approval in a Post survey a scant two years ago and 48 percent approval at the beginning of last week. So it isn't surprising that the president's speech last Tuesday at Fort Bragg was designed to reverse the disastrous trend.
Mon, 27 Jun 2005 00:00:00 EDTA math teacher might have an encouraging word for a student who keeps adding the numbers until he gets the answer right. But what would he make of the kid who starts with the answer and keeps changing the numbers to make that preordained answer "right"?
Mon, 20 Jun 2005 00:00:00 EDTAnybody who claims to understand Mississippi has probably never spent much time there. I'm back in my home state fairly frequently these days, and every visit leaves me both hopeful and despairing.
Tue, 31 May 2005 00:00:00 EDTOne definition of insanity, someone once said, is to keep doing the same thing in the same way and expect different results. Here's another: Believing that a diagnosis and treatment that worked for a patient in one set of circumstances will work in all circumstances.
Mon, 23 May 2005 00:00:00 EDTFirst my Palm Pilot, then my Internet connection, went bad. And as a result, I spent a depressing number of hours on the telephone, talking to "technical assistance." The overwhelming portion of that time was with technical workers in places such as India, Pakistan and the Philippines, who (let it be said) were no better or worse than the tech-help people at the places that sold me the equipment in the first place.
Mon, 16 May 2005 00:00:00 EDTThe plight of have-not blacks in America's urban ghettos, says economist Thomas Sowell, can be laid at the feet of white people.
Mon, 09 May 2005 00:00:00 EDTI want to get really exercised about what the government is doing to a pair of fellow journalists -- Judith Miller of the New York Times and Matthew Cooper of Time magazine. I do hope they can stay out of jail.
Mon, 02 May 2005 00:00:00 EDTIt's funny how the videotapes have divided us. Some of us saw the footage of the 5-year-old girl gone berserk in her St. Petersburg, Fla., classroom and decided we'd been too harsh in our judgment of the school officials for calling the police. Others saw the cops handcuffing the tiny child and decided it was the grown-ups who had gone nuts.
Mon, 25 Apr 2005 00:00:00 EDTA week ago the New York Times delivered a long and dismaying examination of New York's public schools, two years after the launch of Mayor Michael Bloomberg's widely ballyhooed plan to improve them.