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Sunday, January 22, 2017
Cynthia Tucker Haynes

Cynthia Tucker Haynes, a veteran newspaper journalist and Pulitzer Prize winner, is a Visiting Professor of Journalism and Charlayne Hunter-Gault Distinguished Writer-in-Residence at the University of Georgia. She is also a highly-regarded commentator on TV and radio news shows.

Haynes was editorial page editor of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution newspaper for 17 years, where she led the development of opinion policy. More recently, she was that newspaper’s Washington-based political columnist. She maintains a syndicated column through Universal Press Syndicate, which is published in dozens of newspapers around the country. Besides winning the Pulitzer Prize for commentary in 2007, Haynes has also received numerous other awards, including Journalist of the Year from the National Association of Black Journalists.

Trump Presidency

A New Presidency Of Disrespect And Disinformation Begins

We have officially entered the Age of Trump, an era that may be the most contentious and most dangerous to the health of the republic since the Civil War. We are two nations of nearly equal count, divided by opposing views on race, religion, pluralism, sexual orientation, feminism and even science

January 20, 2017
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

King’s Optimism Is Tonic For These Parlous Times

Progressives don’t have the luxury of merely singing the old hymns or citing the old speeches. There are battles to fight to preserve hard-won gains. Martin Luther King was no naive dreamer. But he always believed in an America that was better than the one in which he lived.

January 6, 2017
Sessions, AG

Sessions Likely To Put His Own Spin On ‘Justice For All’

Jeff Sessions is one in a long line of reprehensible characters likely to inhabit the Trump White House. But if he is confirmed as the nation’s highest-ranking law enforcement officer, Sessions will be in a position to provoke extraordinary harm in the lives of ordinary Americans.

December 30, 2016
Trump, Founding Fathers

Donald Trump’s Values Are In Direct Conflict With The Founding Fathers’

The United States has stood as a beacon to the world — a “shining city on a hill” — because of the values we represent, and Trump’s autocratic and ethnocentric views are the absolute antithesis of what this great nation has stood for and a violation of the spirit of the Founding Fathers.

December 23, 2016
Trump, Christmas, Holiday Season

The Spirit Of The Season Is Lost On Trump Supporters

Donald Trump’s America, it seems, is a land of explicit bigotry, of a political incorrectness that looks a lot like racial prejudice, of a white supremacy bursting out of its confines in the civic attic.

December 16, 2016
Dr Strangelove - Paranoid period

Paranoia Is On The Rise In American Politics

It seems we are in the throes of another of those periods when the “paranoid style in American politics,” as the historian Richard Hofstadter put it in a groundbreaking essay, is ascendant. No nefarious act, no multilayered conspiracy, is too bizarre, too complex or too ridiculous for some to believe.

December 9, 2016
Trump rabbit hole

Trump’s Rabbit Hole Is Getting Deeper By The Day

If you’re feeling a little like Alice in Trumpland these days, it’s no wonder. Reality has been turned upside own, grossly distorted, rendered a hall-of-mirrors hallucination.

December 2, 2016
Alt-right is nothing more than the KKK

Alt-Right: The Rise Of The New KKK

The appellation “alt-right” severs a white supremacist ideology from its KKK roots. It applies a hefty coat of Wite-out (pun intended) to a dangerous and frightening appreciation for Adolf Hitler. However, the “alt-right” is nothing but the same old white supremacy that has oppressed minorities for centuries.

November 26, 2016
Democratic ash heap

Democratic Aspirations Are Headed For The Ash Heap

The Democratic Party is bleeding out and near death, too. It may not be terminal, but it is certainly comatose. It may recover, but even if it does, its health will be fragile for years to come.

November 11, 2016
Obamacare has helped millions

Even With Its Faults, Obamacare Has Helped Millions

To be fair, Obamacare is far from perfect. Still, its implementation has provided access to medical care for many, and that’s a big deal. Before Obamacare, about 16 percent of Americans had no health insurance of any kind. Now, that’s down to less than 9 percent — a record low.

November 4, 2016

Better Regulation Of Guns Would Reduce Senseless Violence

The single best weapon against this senseless violence would be the better regulation of firearms, a goal that shouldn’t be beyond our reach. Impossible, you say? Not if enough voters started to care about the lives of poor black people lost to street violence. Black lives certainly ought to matter, regardless of the way those lives are lost.

October 28, 2016
Republicans to blame for voter ID laws

Republicans Have Long History Of Skewing Election Turnout

Having given up on enlarging their tent to attract more voters, the GOP has settled on a strategy of blocking the franchise for those whom it cannot win over.

October 23, 2016
A protester disrupts a rally with Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump and his supporters in Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.S. May 24, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Trump Opened Pandora’s Box And There Is No Going Back

Don’t get too comfortable with Trump’s recent drop in the polls. Even in defeat, he’ll continue to influence the fate of the republic.

October 14, 2016
Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump holds a rally with supporters in Anaheim, California, U.S., May 25, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Trump’s Threats Show Him To Be A Hypocritical Bully

Donald Trump followed his pathetic performance in the first one-on-one debate with Hillary Clinton with a series of abusive taunts of a former beauty queen, an insistence that polls show him “winning” the debate (none that I’ve seen) and a promise to pound Clinton with her husband’s past marital infidelities.

September 30, 2016

Police Endorsement of Donald Trump Bodes Ill For Justice

If police officers want the broad support of the nation — the trust of a diverse citizenry — why in the world would the Fraternal Order of Police union support Trump?

September 22, 2016
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump gestures as he speaks to the Economic Club of New York luncheon in Manhattan, New York, U.S., September 15, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar

Trump’s Popularity Cannot Be Blamed On The Economy

More than anything else, Trump’s rise is the manifestation of the anger of a significant minority of white voters over their loss of demographic and cultural hegemony. They’ve seen the new America, represented most dramatically by Barack Obama, and they’re not happy about it.

September 18, 2016

Capitalism And Education Are Incompatible Partners

The news left tens of thousands of students stunned: Just as the fall semester was starting, ITT Technical Institute, one of the nation’s largest chains of for-profit colleges, shut down all its campuses, stranding some would-be graduates a few months shy of a diploma.

September 10, 2016
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump attends a church service, in Detroit, Michigan, U.S., September 3, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

Fearful Trump Supporters Hold All Of Us Hostage

Trump has managed to persuade many working-class whites that illegal immigrants destroy neighborhoods, peddle drugs, murder innocents and drive down wages. They take well-paying jobs, he says, from citizens who deserve them.

September 3, 2016
A woman nuzzles her son as they wait to show U.S. President Barack Obama their flood-damaged home as he tours their neighborhood in Zachary, Louisiana, U.S., August 23, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Louisiana Flooding One More Link To Warming Climate

While the experts rarely link a single event to global warming — and climate scientists have not said that it caused the devastating Louisiana floods — they point to increased rainfall and flooding as a likely result of a warmer climate.

August 28, 2016
A burned down gas station is seen after disturbances following the police shooting of a man in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S. August 15, 2016. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein/File Photo

Not Every Police Shooting Is Unjust

Not every police shooting of a black man is unjustified. Sometimes law enforcement authorities have no choice but to shoot a criminal suspect who behaves in a way that poses risks — both to police personnel and to civilians.

August 20, 2016
Inmates walk in San Quentin state prison in San Quentin, California, June 8, 2012. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Harsh Drug Sentences Take Their Toll On Black Lives

The tragic heroin epidemic has prompted an outpouring of sympathy and calls for a less punitive approach to illegal drugs, but heroin users are overwhelmingly white. That compassion has not been extended to black Americans, who are still regarded as more drug-addled, more violent, more dangerous and more deserving of lengthy prison terms.

August 11, 2016
Redistricting case goes to the supreme court

Universal Voting Franchise Still Troubles Some

The universal franchise is a radical idea — and a relatively new one in human history. The proposition that each man or woman is given equal footing at the ballot box, whether rich or poor, brilliant or simple, black, white or brown, broke with a sturdy convention in human affairs: that the rich and powerful should rule or, at the very least, choose the rulers.

August 6, 2016
Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton pauses as she speaks at a campaign rally in Cleveland. Cynthia Tucker Haynes says hatred toward Hillary is fueled by sexism.

Hatred Toward Hillary May Be Fueled By Sexism

Why has Hillary Clinton inspired such rage, such resentment—fueled by very different sentiments and assessments—over the years? What has she done to earn so much antipathy?

July 30, 2016
U.S. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump supporters carry a banner at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. July 21, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar

Republicans And Democrats Reside In Different Galaxies

It’s often noted that liberals and conservatives tend to see the world differently. But if the Republican National Convention is any indication, liberals and conservatives inhabit not just different worlds but different galaxies—far, far away from each other.

July 22, 2016
People take part in a protest against police brutality and in support of Black Lives Matter during a march in New York July 9, 2016. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz

The Demons Of Our Racist Past Still Haunt Us

There is nothing new about police violence toward black citizens, nothing unusual about bias in the criminal justice system, nothing unexpected about the institutional racism that conspires to imprison black Americans disproportionately.

July 17, 2016