As I begin to rethink and review the Obama presidency, I think history will judge it based principally not on Obamacare but on two other matters: his foreign policy and the consequences of his presidency on the unfinished business of race relations in America.
The systematic iteration of the word "thug" in reference to black bodies is problematic because it perpetuates white supremacist ideologies about black people, namely that we are pathological, violent and lawless.
For the second time in two months, Governor Jay Nixon of Missouri approved the execution of an African American man sentenced to die by an all-white jury. But Missouri and this governor have absolutely no moral authority to execute anyone.
At this moment in our nation's story, when the twisted soul of America is being revealed through the daily deaths of black men at the hands of officers carrying guns and unconscious bias, Black-ish should not be merely consumed: It should be administered by intravenous intervention.
The instant Wilson was fingered as the shooter of Brown, the money train rolled into high gear complete with rallies, counter demonstrations, badge-signing parties, and pitches to Americans to flash blue lights on their front porches backing Wilson.
In the most multi-cultural, multi-racial and multi-ethnic America ever, the absence of a journalist of color on the stage moderating one of the presidential or vice-presidential debates is shameful and ought to be an embarrassment to the nation.
This film tells a story many blacks and whites would rather forget, how black women stepped up and did what they must to survive. That's a story important enough to make all the film's faults minor by contrast.
Recently the question has again surfaced: "Do we live in a post-racial America?" Simply put, race is a factor in the growing economic inequalities we have in this country, and we can no longer afford to sweep this issue under the rug.
Amid so many distractions of late, many Americans have lost sight of a truly remarkable accomplishment: Three of the most powerful and influential people in the United States today are African-American men.
Marcus' Tea Party anthem is all about policing boundaries of our Constitution as well as our geography, values and identities, but also about reminding us that these boundaries must be policed because they've been transgressed.
As the lessons of the mortgage crisis are studied by historians in the coming years, a significant and widely overlooked consequence that will no doubt emerge is how it's set back the economic mobility of minorities in this country.
When we don't talk to our children about race and inequality, the only way they have to make sense of it all is to assume that there is a greater human value for those who by accident of birth are white.
From the Big House to the White House, Pebble Beach to Pennsylvania Avenue, articles such as Frank Rich's confirm the nefarious notion that successful minorities should still feel "lucky just to be there".