COMMENTARY

Official word of their freedom came late to enslaved African Americans in Texas who first heard it confirmed by Union Army Gen. Gordon Granger on June 19, 1865 — a full two and a half years after President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation was made official on Jan. 1, 1863.Juneteenth...
A few more weeks of peering at century-old monuments to the Confederacy around Virginia was more than many protesters could bear.Not that I’m mad at them. Most of the monuments were erected during the reign of Jim Crow. To Blacks, they’re a strong symbol of inequality, terror and second-class...
By Beau CribbsAt the risk of pulling a muscle from patting myself on the back, I’ll admit that I was a pretty popular guy in high school. I went to Douglas Southall Freeman in Henrico County, and I did everything. It’s actually kind of a miracle that I slept...
Is this the last battle of the Civil War or is it the newest skirmish in our continuing culture clash?The question of which dead white guys are memorialized by statues, streets and highways, schools, parks or military bases is one that has discomfited society for years, particularly the first...
By Elly Boehmer Virginians love their open spaces. We love to hike, bike, swim and explore. From the Blue Ridge Mountains to the James River to the Eastern Shore, Virginia is home to so many special places to enjoy and recreate in the outdoors. The current pandemic has reminded many of...
By M. James FaisonCOVID-19 has brought to the forefront fundamental issues within our food system; mainly that the “good” of providing inexpensive food is largely dependent on the “bad” of an exploitative agricultural system.As Americans, we have constructed a system that allows us to spend the smallest percentage...
Spare no tears for Advance America, Virginia’s largest payday loan operator. The company has now decided to flee the commonwealth before new, tougher regulations passed by the General Assembly begin next year. You can bet the more than 80,000 Virginians who got payday loans, just in 2018 alone, from Advance...
By Chris McKinleyWhether the borrower is from the suburbs of Alexandria or a rural town in Virginia’s coal country, access to fairly priced consumer credit that permits both sustainable lending markets and affordable repayment terms for consumers is more important today in the COVID-19 environment than ever. Affordable and accessible...
At the time, I laughed.Nearly 13 years later, amid the protests convulsing American cities over police brutality and racism, it doesn't seem like a joke.I was writing profiles of the candidates vying to replace a longtime south Louisiana sheriff and Godfrey "Doc" Buquet, a retired chief of detectives who...
By Jeff SouthNow that Virginia’s governor has announced plans to remove the 12-ton statue of Robert E. Lee on Monument Avenue in Richmond, it’s time for government officials to train their sights on an even more imposing symbol honoring the Confederate commander: the U.S. Army base that bears his...