In hearing the guilty verdicts of those who murdered Ahmaud Arbery, I felt a sense of relief that justice was done in a case where the evidence was so clear that the defendants were guilty. Yet that reaction, which I am sure was shared by many, reveals a great deal about our country’s history in cases dealing with race — and about a frightening attitude toward vigilantism at this time.
The United States recorded a milestone the other day, but the news didn’t make much noise.
“How are you doing today, Buddy?” the St. Vincent’s intensive care nurse asked me in late November 2019. To which I replied, “Why do you all call me Buddy?”
When the travel ban was lifted recently, Brits visiting the U.S. got a shock. Not only were rapid COVID tests hard to find, prices were at rip-off levels. The Independent newspaper found an antigen test at Orlando International Airport cost $65; it was $75 in San Francisco and $100 in a Washington, D.C., travel clinic.
A government professor at Skidmore College in upstate New York recently wrote an op-ed that was carried in my local newspaper. My wife recommended the column to me since it was about one of my favorite subjects — the United States Constitution.
What do Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, industrialist Charles Koch, former House Speaker John Boehner, Sarah Palin and Snoop Dogg have in common?