Eric Holder Wants to Lower the Bar for Civil Rights Prosecutions. That's Trickier Than It Sounds.
February 27, 2015
That's trickier than it sounds.
Why Is It So Hard to Prove a Civil Rights Crime?
February 25, 2015
The Zimmerman case reveals the limits of the law—and foreshadows the Ferguson outcome.
The Right-Wing Response to Ferguson Is Depressingly Predictable
August 18, 2014
Once again, conservatives are questioning a black victim's character.
The setting was not the Oval Office that Kennedy chose, nor was it the floor of a packed House of Representatives where Johnson spoke.
No More "Conversations"
July 20, 2013
I have a hard time joining the chorus celebrating the President’s comments on Trayvon Martin as one of his most stirring speeches. His legendary race speech in 2008 was near literary; Friday’s statement qualified more as remarks.
The End of Racial Demagoguery
July 17, 2013
Quiet as it’s kept, the era of the “militant” black leader is over. Despite the fearmongering on Drudge and elsewhere, there are no black leaders calling for insurrection.
The Law that Acquitted Zimmerman Isn't Racist
July 16, 2013
The law that aquitted Zimmerman isn't racist, but that doesn't mean the outcome wasn't.
Why There's Hope in the Zimmerman Verdict's Aftermath
July 16, 2013
Jelani Cobb, whose coverage of the Trayvon Martin case has been nothing short of extraordinary, has a post on The New Yorker's website about the lack of riots after the verdict.
When news broke late Saturday night that a jury had acquitted George Zimmerman in the death of Trayvon Martin, the flood of grief and anger carried memories of past tragedies to the surface.
During the George Zimmerman trial, I happened to be reading James Agee's Depression classic, Let Us Now Praise Famous Men.