Latest from Gillian Brockell

When I was 12, I was charged with menacing with a deadly weapon. The killing of Adam Toledo is a reminder of my White privilege.

Though Toledo’s case and my own are not exactly alike, there are enough parallels that I couldn’t help but reflect on my different treatment when I was the same age.
  • Apr 18, 2021

Desperate for freedom, 77 enslaved people tried to escape aboard the Pearl. They almost made it.

The largest nonviolent escape attempt by enslaved people in American history unfolded in the nation's capital in 1848. Now a group in D.C. wants to make honoring the Pearl's passengers an annual event.
  • Apr 16, 2021

Two arrested after return of stolen Confederate monument – unharmed – by White Lies Matter

The group acknowledged it had faked damage to the Jefferson Davis Chair, which was stolen from a cemetery in Selma, Ala. Now New Orleans police have charged a man and woman with possession of stolen property and are seeking a third person in connection with the monument's theft.
  • Apr 9, 2021

Who are 'White Lies Matter’? Meet the group that says it turned a stolen Confederate memorial into a toilet.

In an interview with The Washington Post, an anonymous spokesman said the group plans to return the stolen Jefferson Davis Memorial Chair to the United Daughters of the Confederacy on Thursday,
  • Apr 8, 2021

Candace Owens compared the Capitol insurrection to the Reichstag fire. Here’s why that’s absurd.

Owens made the assertion on Tucker Carlson's Fox News show Tuesday night, and he didn't argue with her.
  • Apr 7, 2021

Stolen Confederate monument will become a ‘toilet’ unless ‘White Lies Matter’ demands are met, group vows

The Jefferson Davis Memorial Chair in Selma, Ala., went missing last month. On Monday, a group calling itself ‘White Lies Matter’ demanded that the United Daughters of the Confederacy in Richmond, Va., hang a banner quoting a Black radical in exchange for the monument's return.
  • Apr 6, 2021

The assault of a president’s son led to the creation of the U.S. Capitol Police

Since the creation of the U.S. Capitol Police force two centuries ago, six officers have died in the line of duty, including William “Billy” Evans, who was killed Friday.
  • Apr 2, 2021

Smallpox ‘virus squads’ and the mandatory vaccinations upheld by the Supreme Court

The 1905 decision by the high court provides a legal precedent for coronavirus ‘vaccine passports’
  • Apr 1, 2021

Note to Mitch McConnell: The Senate’s longest filibuster was definitely racist

During more than 24 hours on the Senate floor to oppose a civil rights bill, Sen. Strom Thurmond read state and federal codes, books, speeches, Supreme Court opinions, the Declaration of Independence – and falsely claimed any Black Southerner who wanted to vote could do so unhindered.
  • Mar 26, 2021

From Columbine to King Soopers, Colorado mass shootings have long, painful history

The state has had a disproportionate number of mass shootings in modern history, one analysis shows.
  • Mar 23, 2021