| Oct 16, 2013
| 12:10 PM
In 1865, American slavery ended with the Confederate surrender at Appomattox Courthouse and the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment.
Since that time, these things have happened:
•In 1871, fire destroyed the city of Chicago.
•In 1896, the...
| Oct 18, 2013
| 8:00 AM
In his commentary ("Beneath contempt," Oct. 17), columnist Leonard Pitts Jr. of The Miami Herald is very critical of Dr. Ben Carson's recent comparison of Obamacare to slavery.
It is only natural that Mr. Pitts, being of African American ancestry, would...
| Dec 21, 2013
| 10:49 PM
In the recent kerfuffle over the remarks of Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty, one salient fact has not been much remarked on: What he has been excoriated for saying used to be mainstream.
What he said, that homosexuality is sinful and abhorrent, and...
| Dec 27, 2013
| 11:17 AM
A minor anniversary passed without notice a week ago. It was on December 20, 2005, that the first You Don't Say post was published.
Some of you have been on hand for the full eight years, showing a remarkable tolerance for the number of times I...
| Aug 21, 2013
| 1:16 PM
Media mogul Russell Simmons might have apologized for posting a controversial parody video on his YouTube channel that's become known as "The Harriet Tubman Sex Tapes." But, the famed abolitionist's great-great-great grandniece isn't even close to...
| Sep 4, 2013
| 6:00 AM
You don't have to be a Marxist to conclude that the working conditions of millions of American workers today are akin to wage-slavery ("Jobs are coming back, but they don't pay enough," Aug. 27).
According to columnist Robert Reich, the shareholders...
| Sep 7, 2013
| 3:29 PM
On a Civil War battlefield where tens of thousands of men clashed fifteen decades ago, eight Ku Klux Klan members unfurled their group's banner Saturday afternoon and called for a new uprising to oust President Barack Obama.
The Klansmen — who...
| Sep 9, 2013
| 9:14 AM
The suicide of former school bus driver and Ohio kidnapper Ariel Castro comes with mixed sentiments, but it serves as a reminder that many other predators like him still live and work among us.
People across America can no longer claim, "It doesn't...
| Oct 23, 2013
| 5:15 AM
Hopkins neurosurgeon Ben Carson's equating of the Affordable Care Act with slavery shows that expertise in one area does not necessarily carry over to other fields ("Sorry, Dr. Carson, but Obamacare is not like slavery," Oct. 15).
| Oct 24, 2013
| 6:00 AM
Given the despair I felt at reading the recent letters to the editor from Michael W. Kohlman ("If Drs. Ben Carson and Andy Harris oppose Obamacare, how great can it be?and Benedict Frederick Jr. ("Obamacare-slavery comparison isn't so ridiculous," Oct....
| Oct 25, 2013
| 6:24 AM
One of the most memorable scenes in the film "12 Years a Slave" is a long close-up of actor Chiwetel Ejiofor's eyes, wide with amazement as his character regains his freedom after enduring the brutal bonds of slavery on Louisiana plantations.
It is a...
| Nov 1, 2013
| 6:56 PM
Revered as a "gentleman in the finest sense of the word, remarkable convert-maker and a friend of the benighted," the Rev. Vincent Warren drove into rural Virginia one September night to share the word of God. He had no idea of what awaited.