Articles by Richard Samuelson

Make the Inner City Great Again

aching the Trump Administration’s reaction to the re-emergence of Black Lives Matter (it is amazing how these kinds of protests seem to wax, on schedule, every four years, isn’t it?), one gets the impression that it has been wrongfooted. The administration seems, at times, defensive, even paranoid, about charges of “racism.” What is needed is […]

What Rashida Tlaib Could Learn from General Washington

My initial reaction to Israel’s revocation of a visa given to U.S. Representatives Rashida Talib (D-Minn.) and Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) was that it was an insult to the U.S. government. To reject or rescind a visa application from a private citizen is one thing, but to reject visa applications from duly elected representatives, whatever their […]

Calhoun U: “Safe Spaces,” Trigger Warnings, and Echoes of the Old South

  In his congressional career, John Quincy Adams famously fought the “gag rule.” The rule prohibited consideration of anti-slavery petitions by the House of Representatives. Any such petition, apparently, was an insult to the honor of Southern lawmakers—a “trigger,” as we might say in today’s lingo—so they tried to make the House a “safe space” […]