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What we lost when we won the Cold War

Almost exactly 60 years ago, the newly appointed Chadian ambassador to the United States, Adam Malick Sow, was heading south on Maryland’s Route 40 toward Washington, D.C. He stopped at the Bonnie Brae diner and asked for a menu. The owner, Mrs. Leroy Merritt, sneered, “We don’t serve ...

Abandon Afghanistan and don’t look back

President Joe Biden deserves nothing but praise and support for his decision to honor America’s commitment, which was negotiated between the Trump administration and the Taliban, to finally withdraw from Afghanistan. After more than 20 years of wasted lives, endless property damage and the ...

Defenders of critical race theory are prone to exaggeration

Put aside what you may have heard — pro or con — about terms such as systemic racism or critical race theory (CRT) for a moment. There’s a lot of exaggeration out there among both defenders and critics. Instead, let me tell you a story. After the civil rights movement achieved its ...

Why students choose community college

Recent high school grads are spending the summer thinking about their next steps. Without a doubt, community colleges offer a smart alternative for a lot of students who understand that a four year program isn’t the only path to success. Hear directly from current and former students about ...

They fear nothing quite so much as the loss of whiteness and its privileges

Ihave forgotten more about race than most people have ever known. Apologies if that sounds like braggadocio, but there’s a point that needs making. I’ve spent the better part of 40 years researching and writing about the history and dynamics of race in America — and 63 years living ...