Paycheck Madness and the Shining City on the Hill

The things you learn on Twitter. A couple of weeks ago, Robert Reich, Secretary of Labor under Bill Clinton and notable Twitter gadfly, tweeted that “Wall Street bonuses totaled $27.5 billion last year, which is more than 3 times the combined annual earnings of all American workers employed full-time at the federal minimum wage.” Now … Continue reading Paycheck Madness and the Shining City on the Hill

The Case for Owning Inequality

There’s one thing I’ve learned for sure from reading about race: A quick way to find the fault line between Left and Right is to broach the subject of reparations. Nothing quite gets Conservatives riled up like a $1.4-trillion transfer of wealth to the African-American community to restore it to what economist Robert Browne described … Continue reading The Case for Owning Inequality

Forty Years Later, the Irony of Race

Martin Luther King famously remarked that “11 o’clock on Sunday morning is one of the most segregated hours” in America. When I was in high school in the “integrated” Denver Public Schools, I could have made the case that AP American History was just as segregated. For a school that had bussed its way to … Continue reading Forty Years Later, the Irony of Race

Paying the Price, or Paying for the T-Shirt

In his remarkable book Democracy in Black, Eddie Glaude, Jr., writes of the Ferguson, Missouri, protests that they “disrupted the status quo and dramatically affected the lives of the people who lived there.” Some people, he continues, condemned the violence of the protests and “urged the protesters to channel their rage and turn to the … Continue reading Paying the Price, or Paying for the T-Shirt