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Calling for a groundswell

How, in a span of only 24 hours, could two cities in different states and regions suffer mass shootings — one in El Paso, Texas, a city only a few miles from the nation’s southern border, and the other in ...

A tribute to Toni Morrison

“Oppressive language does more than represent violence; it is violence; does more than represent the limits of knowledge; it limits knowledge. Whether it is obscuring state language or the faux-language of mindless media; whether it is the proud but calcified ...

Why I visited the border

As I ventured to the southern border near Laredo, Texas, I could not help but think about the tragic shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, which are stark reminders of the dangers that plague our communities under the ...

Richmond’s next commonwealth’s attorney

On Thursday, Aug. 8, and Saturday, Aug. 10, Richmond Democrats will vote to decide who will be the Democrats’ nominee for Richmond commonwealth’s attorney.

Righting old wrongs

“The U.S. ‘war on drugs’ — a decades-long policy of racial and class suppression hidden behind cannabis criminality — has resulted in the arrest, interdiction and incarceration of a high percentage of Americans of color. The legal cannabis industry represents ...

‘Red Summer’: Lessons for today

On July 27, 1919, and for 13 days after, Chicago was engulfed in violence. White mobs wantonly attacked black people and black people fought back.

No justice for Eric Garner

Eric Garner died pleading for his life on a New York City sidewalk. The chokehold that triggered his fatal asthma attack was illegal.

Standing up for mouthy women

Mary Turner was lynched on May 19, 1918, because she dared to raise her voice. Her husband, Hayes Turner, was among 13 people lynched in two weeks in and around Valdosta, Ga.

Make Va. No. 1 for workers, not just business

Virginia recently was ranked the best state in the country to do business and the worst state for worker rights and protections.

Michelle Obama still a role model

As First Lady, Mrs. Obama earned a singular place in American history as the first black woman to hold the title. But it was her dignity and grace, her compassion and her commitment to uplifting the American people that truly ...

Running for exposure

Twenty-four people are running for the Democratic nomination for president of the United States. From where I sit, at least half of them are only running for exposure, for the vice presidential nod, for cabinet secretary, to push a platform ...

Disparity continues in homeownership

Nearly 90 years ago, Kelly Miller, a black sociologist and mathematician, said, “The Negro is up against the white man’s standard, without the white man’s opportunity.”

Citizenship question contrived

Civil rights groups and advocates for a fair census breathed a sigh of relief last week when the U.S. Supreme Court rejected the Trump administration’s “contrived” justification for adding a citizenship question to the 2020 Census.

'Show me the Tubmans'

When President Obama left the White House, he left a very positive image of what a president should be.

Poison hierarchy of human value

Months after Gov. Ralph S. Northam came under fire for the racist images on his 1984 yearbook page from Eastern Virginia Medical School, he remains in office, a battered and chastised public figure. But maybe this isn’t a bad thing.

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