| Jan 24, 2014
| 4:35 AM
The image that comes to mind when thinking of the Tuskegee Airmen is of a black World War II fighter pilot diving out of the clouds, the tail of his aircraft painted bright red, coming to save the day for American bomber crews.
While those roughly 900...
| Apr 15, 2014
| 9:25 AM
Every year, Major League Baseball honors the extraordinary accomplishments of Jackie Robinson and the integration of modern professional baseball. Active players will on April 15th don Robinson's number 42, retired in 1997, to commemorate his ground-...
| Jan 30, 2014
| 11:34 AM
Yesterday the Maryland General Assembly honored a true Maryland hero: Darryl Hill, the first African-American to play football for the University of Maryland and integrate the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Speaker Michael Busch rightly compared Hill to...
| Feb 4, 2014
| 9:03 AM
I'd sooner book passage on a norovirus cruise than watch the Super Bowl, but I have become aware of a Coca-Cola commercial that aired during the event.
In the commercial, as Language Log points out, ethnically diverse images are displayed while...
| Feb 14, 2014
| 7:01 AM
FRIDAY UPDATE: "The concert is still on! We will see you tonight!" reads the message on Baltimore Arena's website regarding tonight's Kanye West concert. The Yeezus show is on; check back tomorrow for my review.
For the past decade, it...
| Feb 15, 2014
| 5:14 AM
Young buck. Buck wild. Make a buck. Buck the system. The buck stops here.
"Buck" stops here.
In his office at Morgan State University, MK Asante, the youngest professor ever to receive tenure at the school, is reflecting upon his teen years in the...
| Feb 16, 2014
| 6:36 AM
When I wrote recently about the multi-lingual Coca-Cola commercial, expressing satisfaction that the influence of white racists appears to be on the wane,* reactions were predictable.
A representative specimen from the comment by Blackberry82: "John,...
| Apr 18, 2014
| 6:00 AM
Kevin Kallaugher's cartoon on LBJ's legacy is so far off the mark that it fails to be remotely humorous ("Dogged opposition," April 13).
He uses two presidents, each tainted by their racism and prejudice, to paint the tea party as racist.
| Feb 22, 2014
My wife of 55 years, Mallie, recently passed away in our home in South Florida after a hard-fought, three-year battle with stage-four lung cancer, although she never smoked, consumed alcoholic beverages, or, for that matter, ate red meat. But excruciating...
| Feb 23, 2014
| 6:10 AM
The NFL is considering adopting a rule where players would be penalized for using language that crosses the line.
Specifically, the language initiative would penalize players to get them to stop using the N word on the field. A 15-yard penalty would...
| Feb 26, 2014
| 3:00 AM
On a recent Thursday afternoon, A. Dwight Pettit went back to where it all started.
He walked through the halls and into the auditorium at Aberdeen High School, where almost 55 years ago he was denied admission to the school because of a "lack of...
| Feb 27, 2014
| 9:59 AM
He's 35, he only has a 10-day contract and it looks like he might be near the end of his career, but Jason Collins apparently has the NBA's top-selling jersey.
And the jersey with the second-highest sales. And the fourth.
Collins' Brooklyn Nets...