The accounts of what happened minutes before 15-year-old Brownsville, Texas student, Jaime Gonzalez, was shot by police after brandishing a pellet gun “closely resembling” the real thing are murky, as “authorities declined to share what the boy said before being shot.” Those details will emerge. What might also emerge is what drove this young man, a drum major in the [...]
Ivan Eland: The American media, and to a lesser extent the world media, focus on symbolism at the expense of underlying reality. And sometimes they can’t even make sense of the symbolism. The artificially generated controversy over a proposed mosque within about two blocks of the site of the 9/11 attacks is illustrative of this ignorance.
A friend who lost his job in a newspaper washout some time ago said it made him feel alone and isolated in the city. He was describing the intense feelings of rejection that accompany sudden unemployment. He was talking about the loneliness that an outcast feels. I know that feeling. I became like him on [...]