Listening to her voice

I seldom watch political speeches. I watched her speech because it was an historic moment: the acceptance speech of the first woman to be nominated for U.S. President by a major political party. I also watched it because wanted to understand why people don’t like Hillary Clinton. In the first five minutes, I was afraid that she had … read more Listening to her voice

In common

Amidst all the uproar about Melania Trump’s plagiarism of Michelle Obama, I couldn’t help but think we’re missing the point here. Republicans and Democrats, black Americans and white Americans, immigrants and native-born Americans – we actually AGREE on some very important things. Mrs. Obama, in her 2008 speech: “Barack and I were raised with so … read more In common

Anger isn’t stupidity

A popular meme from a liberal writer, Andy Borowitz, today: Stopping Trump is a short-term solution. The long-term solution, and it will be more difficult, is fixing the education system that has created so many people ignorant enough to vote for Trump. Here’s the problem with that statement: It’s playground name-calling dressed up in a grown-up … read more Anger isn’t stupidity

Message received, Harry

I miss Harry Golden. Even though he’s been dead for 35 years and I never met him. Harry’s been on my mind a lot lately. My longtime friend Kimberly Marlowe Hartnett wrote the definitive biography of Golden (1903-1981), Carolina Israelite: How Harry Golden Made Us Care About Jews, the South, and Civil Rights, published last … read more Message received, Harry