COMMENTARY

It was always about Lee.The most beloved of Confederates, Gen. Robert E. Lee, got the first and tallest statue on Richmond's Monument Avenue, one of the most sacred places for rebel aficionados in the country.With Mayor Levar Stoney following through on his pledge to quickly remove monuments under city...
By Jamie LockhartIt’s been horrific to watch politicians across this country use the COVID-19 global pandemic as a vehicle to ban abortion and restrict access to reproductive health care. When the pandemic first hit, seven states included abortion bans in their COVID-19 emergency orders  –– making abortion inaccessible for...
By Jay Bookman We are living through history, through a tumultuous time in which change accelerates, the once-solid becomes fluid and no one has any real idea of where this thing is headed. Living in chaos, trying to make daily sense of it, has been frightening, exhilarating and confusing.  Someday our...
Just months before voters in the commonwealth choose whether to reduce the blatant gerrymandering that arises every 10 years during redistricting, many Virginia Democrats are now saying, “Never mind.”Shame on them. The process to get such a referendum before voters has been a long, tortuous one, with frequent setbacks because...
By Alan Dow, M.D., M.S.H.A.Recently, I joined a couple hundred health care practitioners, faculty, and students from VCU who gathered as part of White Coats for Black Lives. This event was one of many nationwide during which health care practitioners advocated for addressing the impact of systemic racism on...
There’s never been a moment like this for significant change in the way our nation deals with fundamental inequities in its treatment of people of color – certainly not in my more than six decades on this planet.The righteous wrath unleashed by the fresh police killings of Breonna Taylor,...
By Queen Zakia Shabazz and Chad ObaOne of the most important displays of a government such as Virginia’s that is “of the people, by the people and for the people” are the many boards and commissions that advise or oversee state agencies or set policy on all manner of...
By Rich Meagher As protests continue in Richmond, and throughout the nation, I often hear the same concern from people across the political spectrum: Why can’t protesters remain “peaceful?” This question makes a certain amount of sense in light of the history of recent, celebrated rights movements. For example, the principle...
My late father, a D.C. police officer from the 1940s to the mid-’60s, despised the Washington Redskins.He’d fume repeatedly about how the team was the last in the NFL to hire a Black player – Bobby Mitchell – because of its segregationist founder and owner George Preston Marshall.If I...
You remember the story of the Three Little Pigs. First the little pigs built themselves a house out of straw, but the big, bad wolf huffed and puffed and blew it down. Barely escaping with their lives, the little pigs built a new house out of sticks, but again...