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Smith: September 11th: 20 years later

The first plane hit the north tower at 8:46 a.m. The second one hit the south tower at 9:03 a.m. The third hit the...

Smith: The two Americas

This nation is divided along many lines. Historically, the most important line has been that of race, which has sparked the greatest social unrest...

Smith: The limits of philanthropy

Philanthropy is one of humanity’s primordial impulses. We see examples that are as old as recorded history. Indeed, based upon the data that we...

Smith: But it’s divisive!

White Americans frequently express the following sentiment: “Don’t talk about race. It’s divisive.” Allow me to acknowledge that the statement is accurate; cross-racial discussions...

Juneteenth will become a national holiday

Last week I wrote about the irrationality of the ever-expanding opposition to critical race theory (CRT). This week, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed a...

The Convo featuring Larry Williams

The Leadership Indianapolis series, The Convo, provides opportunities to learn more about community leaders, organizations, issues and opportunities in our city. In this conversation,...

What’s up with critical race theory?

Critical race theory. It’s difficult to think of an academic concept that causes more angst among politically conservative whites (and the small percentage of...

Smith: Democracy’s slow death

The slogan of The Washington Post is “Democracy Dies in Darkness.” That phrase likely originated with Damon Keith, the legendary federal judge who died...

Smith: The eternal fight

Thank God, there is a ceasefire. It’s tenuous at best, but at least it has come to pass.At first glance, the latest in the...

Smith: The nuances of ‘Uncle Tom’

For nearly as far back as I can recall, I have been familiar with “Uncle Tom.” Of course, that is the name of the...
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