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Smith: Who’s canceling whom?

It is a gross understatement to say that one of the major social controversies of our day is the notion of so-called “cancel culture.” Conservatives...

Smith: Is there common ground on our history?

This past June, I wrote a column about critical race theory. My point can be summed up as follows: “I cannot overemphasize the fact that...

Smith: Rittenhouse and race

In English grammar, the present perfect tense can refer to a state of being or an action that started in the past and continues...

Smith: Don’t throw them away

When people think of a “typical” Jamaican, the following image probably comes to mind: a red-headed (slightly graying), somewhat rotund white man who stands...

Smith: The root of the problem

Left-leaning pundits frequently argue that today’s GOP is the party of white grievance and that Donald Trump is the personification thereof. While this view...

Smith: I was called the N-word

In 2015, I took my then-8-year-old son and 10-year-old daughter to a play called “Anne and Emmett.” The play centers on a fictitious conversation...

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...
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