We witnessed a low point in American political discourse this week when President Barack Obama released his long-form birth certificate. While some might hail this as a show of transparency by the White House, we know the truth: President Obama was beaten down by conspiracy theory bullies who will never be satisfied by any sort of documentation, no matter how official.
It seems Tavis Smiley has been irritated with Barack Obama for a long time. Smiley is perhaps the most recognizable African-American journalist in the country. He is a fixture on radio and television, and has authored several books that are best-sellers among black readers.
Civil rights activists gathered in Washington on Saturday to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court's Brown v. Board of Education decision, but warned that America has not done nearly enough to fulfill the ruling's promise.