Author: Solomon Jones

In August 1619, English pirates landed at Point Comfort, Virginia with more than 20 Africans they’d taken captive from a Portuguese slave ship. The pirates traded the Africans for food, and thus began the African slave trade in what would later become the United States.  So 400 years of discomfort began at Point Comfort. Four […]

In a shocking turn of events, Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross resigned Wednesday, just days after Mayor Kenney called him the best police commissioner in America. I’m saddened by it, because I respect him. There were certainly times when I had to speak, write and protest against systemic racism in the police department. In doing […]

I remember the scene vividly. Eric Garner, surrounded by police officers on a Staten Island street corner, with then-Officer Daniel Pantaleo’s arms locked firmly around Garner’s neck. “I can’t breathe,” Garner said 11 times in a videotaped tragedy viewed by millions. At the end of it, Garner lay motionless on the ground, and the breath […]

Former judge admits concealing payments he got from Brady campaign; Supreme Court kicks off blockbuster term; Russian Facebook Ads Turned Over To Congress; Sandy Hook senator has a blunt message; Lone gunman kills 59, injures hundreds, in Las Vegas concert attack

Each time I think of Donald Trump’s remarks about black professional football players kneeling in protest during the National Anthem, I vacillate between anger and sadness. Not just because Trump reduced a protest involving the value of black lives to a political publicity stunt. I am angry because Trump may have manufactured this tiff to […]

When fellow columnist Stu Bykofsky said Black Lives Matter Pennsylvania’s Asa Khalif should not be allowed to interrupt government news conferences while protesting the killings of black men by police, I was flummoxed. The First Amendment grants every American the right to free speech. It’s what protects my right to pen this column, or speak […]

I think Donald Trump is lying. When he says, “Racism is evil and those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including the KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists and other hate groups that are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans,” the words stand in stark contrast to the president’s actions. Trump’s […]

There was a time I respected John McCain. After all, he was a patriot — a hero who had endured torture in the service of his country. But now, with his vote to set in motion a process that will cause millions of Americans to lose their health care, McCain has betrayed the most vulnerable […]

Solomon Jones writes that the drowning death of Jamel Dunn as five teens watched and filmed it represents the death of compassion in our society.


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