The 2020 election and Trump presidency are stress tests for American democracy and its first principles of freedom, equality and democratic elections. In our democracy, an enlightened citizenry, informed by a free press, renders its judgment and a losing incumbent peacefully transfers power to a new president. The transfer of power has happened so many times we take … [Read more...] about Trump’s War on Truth: Year 4. The final act?
Clarence Thomas is not evil as many of his critics say nor the hero his backers worship. He’s not the legal incompetent his detractors ridicule. Nor is he the legal visionary many conservatives describe. He’s not the Uncle Tom of racist caricatures drawn by some liberal cartoonists. But his vision of equality couldn’t be more at odds with that of the first black justice … [Read more...] about Clarence Thomas ‘documentary’ was no documentary
St. Louisans may be surprised to hear it, but their U.S. Attorney Jeff Jensen had a lead role in recommending that Michael Flynn be cleared of lying to the FBI - even though Flynn had been convicted and twice admitted the crime in open court. The Flynn dismissal is a key element of President Donald Trump’s attempt to rewrite the history of the Russian investigation. … [Read more...] about Little St. Louis coverage of U.S. attorney’s role in helping Trump rewrite history
The spring 2020 print issue on the history of slavery, segregation, and racism in our region was produced with the help and financial support of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. The soul of America is its promise of ever-expanding freedom, equality and opportunity. The parodox of America is that over four centuries our Founders and our leaders reneged on this … [Read more...] about The 1857 Project: Extracting the poison of racism from America’s soul
The press’ rough draft of the history of race in St. Louis, Missouri and Illinois got most things wrong. In the early 1950s, a group of young civil rights activists – Irv and Maggie Dagen, Charles and Marion Oldham and Norman Seay – led a CORE (Congress of Racial Equality) sponsored sit-in of lunch counters in segregated downtown St. Louis. Richard Dudman, a young … [Read more...] about Press flubs first draft of history of race