Civil Rights

The GOP's Move Toward Gay Marriage

Last week was quite a week, teabags and all. We could chew over Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) urging ATM withdrawals as a response to the economic crisis, impeached former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D) being offered $80,000 per week to do a reality television show, Sen. Roland Burris (D-Ill.) raising less than $1,000 since taking office, French President Nicolas Sarkozy seeing fit to bash the president of the United States, or Gov. Rick Perry (R) musing on whether Texas may soon need to secede from the union.

Law and Odor

It won't happen but it should. Democratic Sen. Mark Begich of Alaska won't step aside, but he should. Chances are, former Sen. Ted Stevens (R) would clean his clock in a new special election, so don't look for Begich to do the right thing.

Stevens has become the latest symbol of how things worked at the Justice Department in the Bush administration. In fact, it's fair to say that during those eight shameful years it could more accurately be called the Miscarriage of Justice department.

Obama Gets Kennedy History Wrong — Ask Sammy Davis

"President Kennedy didn't have the luxury of choosing between civil rights and sending us to the moon," President Obama lectured us during his education speech yesterday.

Unfortunately, the president has his history wrong. It was LBJ, not JFK, who signed the Voting Rights Act.

‘By the People of the Several States’

Earlier today the U.S. Senate cleared a procedural vote that will allow a bill to reach the floor to allow voting representation for the District of Columbia in the United States House of Representatives. That we've reached this point, where the direct words of the Constitution are ignored regarding how composition of the House shall be formed, is nothing less than stunning.

Consider the following, from Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman (I), a man I genuinely admire for his independence and strong support for the protection of Americans from terrorist attacks. During his remarks on the Senate floor this morning, Lieberman noted that citizens of our nation's capital are "the only residents of a democratically ruled national capital in the world who have no say" in how their nation is governed. "It's time to right this injustice," Lieberman said.

The Week in Race

Since we're supposed to be in a post-racial era, it was surprising to see race explode as a major part of last week's national discussion. As usual, when the issue flares up, it's done so by words and actions that are inflammatory and/or have no basis in reality.

What first caused it? Am image seen a million times over — an editorial cartoon of two police officers hovering over the bloody carcass of a dead chimpanzee. "They'll have to find someone else to write the next stimulus bill," the caption read.

Americans Have Moved Past Racism

Armstrong Williams comments on the speech that Attorney General Eric Holder gave to commemorate Black History Month saying that this country is still racist. Looking at the election of Barack Obama, America’s first black president, Armstrong says Americans have moved beyond racism.


Change Has Come, for Most People

Jan. 20, 2009

KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. — Our housekeeper arrived early this morning, beaming, bearing gifts for my wife and me. Two brightly colored T-shirts with big pictures of Martin Luther King Jr. and Barack Obama, the words “I Have a Dream” emblazoned across the front. We hugged, and I wore it all day with pride and joy.

I took a walk on the beach before watching the Inauguration ceremonies with friends. Passing joggers raised fists, calling out, “Like your shirt!”

Birth of a Nation: The Inaugural of Barack Obama

Inauguration Day is a day that will live for the ages. Decades from now, we will be telling true stories about what we did during these historic hours. The trials and tribulations of the old depart; change, hope and a new president arrives. They said it couldn't be done: the first black president, the first multicultural president, the first president since JFK to lift and inspire young people at home and around the world.

I walked to the Mall on Sunday with two elderly black ladies who asked me for directions; we walked together to the celebration. They were dressed beautifully for church. Their eyes were as bright as the evening star on a cloudless night, their smiles as radiant as the sun on a springtime morning. They had American flags on their Sunday hats and hearts that were bursting with joy because the dream that Kennedy said would never die came true before their loving and astonished eyes.

MLK Day: Celebrate All Americans

In observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Armstrong Williams says we should be celebrating all Americans, rather than just black Americans, when we think of the progress that Martin Luther King Jr. stands for.


Gay Community Should Pick Fights that Matter

With the continued hoopla over the selection of the Rev. Rick Warren to give the inaugural invocation you'd think that he'd been selected as attorney general instead of just giving a several minute prayer to a God that all best evidence says doesn't exist at all anyway. Yet, the faux outrage from my very own LGBT community continues.

Melissa Etheridge courageously asked us gays to cool it over Warren's selection. She reached out to him and they had a pleasant conversation.