In 1781, Benjamin Franklin wrote a satirical letter, purporting to be a proposal for a subject for European scientists to study. Franklin, an amateur scientist himself, was making a snide point about what he considered to be rather frivolous research by the Europeans.
The cast of characters who played a part in the 1960s and 1970s activities with the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Counter Intelligence Program informant program includes the man who uncovered the covert operation and a potential presidential assassin.
If the only justice Trayvon Martin's family can receive is the street kind, then the image of justice in America will have been greatly tarnished. Justice in our country is supposed to be delivered at the end of a legal trial from a jury of one's peers, not at the end of a vigilante's gun.
The lawsuit on the Panthers was a rush to judgment -- filed long before it was ripe, before a full investigation was completed, and contrary to longstanding practices whether the defendants be black or white.
Fox 'News' is different. Journalists who say that Fox and MSNBC are just mirror equivalents of each other are wrong. Let's decode Fox's parlor tricks in its relentless effort to create news and advance the conservative agenda.
Have you noticed a funny thing about America's long, hot summer of racial tension? Unlike other periods of racial strife, there is no massive activity here. There is no national debate. There is only media.
Obviously life is full of offense. We can't legislate good taste or make everything that offends everyone illegal. Freedom of speech entails the freedom to offend. But that doesn't mean we have to offend.
The right is using its media echo chamber to settle scores and reinforce its own "oppression narrative" in which black racism is a major national problem, and in which racism is not measured by material facts, but by what's allegedly in your head.