In 2001, four years before Hurricane Katrina became the biggest natural disaster in American history, the federal government was notified of the increased likelihood of a major hurricane devastating the city of New Orleans. The warning was ignored.
U.S. Rep. Cynthia McKinney's much belated-apology for punching a U.S. Capitol patrol officer didn't answer a burning question — was she the victim of racial profiling, or "legislating while Black," as she claimed? Or was it a hotheaded overreaction to a patrol officer simply doing his duty?
Last week, the New York Times reported on the deepening plight of African American men, detailing a list of afflictions including lack of employment, education and high incarceration rates.