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The Ghosts We Carry with Us

When I told my father that I was visiting Montgomery, his only reaction was fear — a bone-deep memory of water hoses and fire bombings, billy clubs and rough nooses.

Sic Semper Tyrranis

“The struggle of man against power is the struggle of memory against forgetting.” -- Milan Kundera I. Invention One of the first documentations of African people in...

Born Here, Freed Here

  "I was born a slave on a plantation in Franklin County, Virginia . . .  My life had its beginning in the midst of...

Trump’s Executive Order Attacks the America I Know and Love

In this moment, America is not mine. It cannot be—it is not like anything I have seen. I came here in 2007, one year before...

When Things Go Wrong, Do Right: Options for Action

Thoughts in response to a friend asking, after grand catastrophe: “What can we do?” We ask each other in times of trouble: “What can we...

May Our Hope Persist: A Love Letter for My Niece

America, June 2018 Dear Malia, Let me begin with what matters most: I love you. I don’t know how many times I have written this letter in...

You Had Me at Beheading! The Author of “Against Football” Responds...

To open separate window, click button on upper right of display   Copyright @ 2015 by Steve Almond. First published in The Rumpus, December 1, 2015. Reprinted...

A Modest Proposal for The Greene New Deal for Education

Marjorie Taylor Greene now represents my home state of Georgia in the U.S. Congress. Unfortunately, radical far-left transgender communists in the Deep State have...

Poverty is not a Culture

Sendhil Mullainathan had studied poverty for years, and something haunted him in nearly every study. Born into a small rural village in India, the Harvard behavioral economist and winner of the MacArthur Fellowship—commonly known as a “genius grant”—was inherently skeptical of the narrative that the poor somehow deserve their lot due to a lack of discipline.
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Coming of AIDS

Dedicated to every angel in America—then and now. Coming of age, as I did, during the 1980s meant that I came of age in the...

The Fatwa on Chess

  Saudi Arabia's leading religious authority, Grand Mufti Abdulaziz al-Sheikh, last week put a fatwa on chess in advance of a tournament scheduled to be...

Perspective: Trump’s Acts May Face America with an Unwelcome Dilemma

President Trump has a well-known habit of accusing others of what he himself is guilty of. For example, he calls Hollywood “racist” and accuses the national...