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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...

Smith: Breathing a little easier

“He mattered because he was a human being.” Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison delivered these solemn, simple, sermonic words at a press conference following the...

It’s getting hot in here

“We will bury you!” Thus proclaimed then-Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev — via his translator — at the Polish Embassy in Moscow in 1956. Twelve...

Protecting a real Black princess

I watched Oprah’s interview with Prince Harry and Princess Meghan. (I don’t know if they still have these official titles, but I don’t care...

The funny thing is …

Recently I participated in a discussion about whether certain names were “appropriate” for particular racial and ethnic groups. (All of the discussants were Black.)...
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