Monthly Archives: September 2013

Craven conversations on race

It’s too bad Willamette Week’s cover story on the expulsion rates of black students in Portland didn’t run a week earlier, when Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas was in town. What would he have said about Kwame Briggs, whose 12-year-old son has been suspended more times than the dad can remember, and who blames his […]

Newspapers: ‘Nobody Knows Anything’

Every time you read a news story that mentions the president’s “jobs bill,” pause and consider that the journalist who wrote those words is living under the likely threat of losing his or her job. What’s it like to write about the decline in solid, middle-class jobs knowing your own might be next? It’s not […]