Symbols are powerful, and furling the Confederate battle flag was an important gesture. But symbolic gestures are no substitute for substance. I hope the Legislature will codify the stipulations the state made to the court in order for it to uphold the state's voter identification law.
The Saturday rally planned by an affiliate of the Ku Klux Klan was meant to showcase the group's longevity despite cultural forces urging its demise. Instead, the rally only served to underscore its increasing irrelevance.
Improving outcomes requires action that reaches across racial, ethnic and political lines. It must galvanize African Americans and rally our non-Black allies. And it must be handled with a sense of urgency. Every day headlines remind us that we have no time to waste.
Republican governors gather to discuss their forward-looking solutions to the issues of health care, the economy, immigration, and other pressing issues in their states.
No one can claim now it is a flag of heritage. It is simply a flag of hate. Of racism. It is not a flag compatible with being a Christian. For my part, I apologize for not recognizing that sooner in my life.
We have heard complaints that removing the Confederate flag and other symbols of hatred is a distraction from the larger problems facing our nation. I agree that significantly more work must be done to address racism and persistent inequality in our nation. But symbols matter. They can connect us, they can tear us apart.
I haven't even cracked open my brand-new copy of Go Set a Watchman. But already I've got opinions. I was wondering, what made Harper Lee put aside this original manuscript and rewrite it as To Kill a Mockingbird? Was the writing inferior in the original version?
In April, I was invited to speak in Charleston's third annual DIG SOUTH -- the Southeast's first and foremost event celebrating the digital economy with over 200 presenters from companies such as Google, Instagram, Twitter, TechCrunch, BuzzFeed, and Inc.
It hurts. Not by a Great White or a Bull shark, to be clear. That would hurt much more. And I wouldn't have my hand. I do, by the way.
How do we understand, address and experience our past? How do we reconcile it with our present? I don't think TV Land has it figured out yet. Not sure any of us have.
Learning history awakens, enlightens and forces introspection. But when historical items become icons, the facts take a back seat to dogma. South Carolina finally has taken down the symbol that when I was young I did not fully understand. It's now time for the rest of us to understand the hate such a symbol represents.
The flag is down but the work not only continues but becomes even more critical.
The question answered by the South Carolina House of Representatives today is whether their state government, as a political and democratic institution representing constituents of all races, should maintain on its capitol grounds the very flag it placed there 50 years ago to protest the civil rights movement.
Before any politicians, corporations or citizens get too excited and feel any urge to celebrate a positive social response to last month's Charleston massacre, we must remember that a range of organizations have addressed only the first part of the problem of this specific tragedy. Next comes guns.
I fear that all of the attention on the flag provides cover to politicians who want to ignore the larger problem. Some of the same politicians talking about bringing down the flag are doing so to avoid talking about the proliferation of guns.
Over the last few weeks, there has been near unanimous agreement among liberal and mainstream commentators that the Confederate flag represents "hate, not heritage." The flag's current presence in American culture is ubiquitous. It adorns license plates, bumper stickers, mugs, bodies (via tattoos), and even baby diapers.