Latest from Robin Givhan

In a bureaucracy, no one has the answers

The four-hour hearing sent the attentive citizen plummeting into a governmental morass in which no one was responsible because no one was apparently in charge.
  • Mar 3, 2021

Vernon Jordan made being a Black man in America look effortless

He knew what it meant to be underestimated and rose above those who would insult his humanity.
  • Mar 2, 2021

Optics aren’t everything. Sometimes they are the only thing.

The Senate convened to examine the security lapses at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, and although the witnesses made clear there were multiple points of failure, the missteps always seemed to come down to optics.
  • Feb 23, 2021

Merrick Garland finally speaks. His words were worth the wait.

For the Republicans, justice is not something that “rolls down like waters,” it’s something that comes down like a hammer.
  • Feb 22, 2021

Samira Nasr, a fashion first at Harper’s Bazaar: ‘I just want to bring more people with me to the party’

Nasr is the first person of color appointed editor in chief of Harper's Bazaar in the magazine's 154-year history.
  • Feb 19, 2021

McConnell shows that legacies don’t matter when facts no longer do

Reverence for one’s legacy was supposed to be the safety valve. It meant being able to take a step back. It was salvation from our worst impulses.
  • Feb 16, 2021

The impeachment trial begins in a moment of prayer. One can only hope it’s not in vain.

Trump's supporters aren’t aggrieved by the loss of their own rights. They’re simply angry that people unlike them have access to rights of their own.
  • Feb 12, 2021

Everything about Trump’s impeachment trial is personal

The House managers are arguing, with a calm and simmering rage, that this impeachment is not politics. It’s personal. As it should be.
  • Feb 10, 2021

In an avalanche of words, there’s no sign of regret from Trump

The pictures from the Capitol riot are a punch in the gut, but the former president’s words before and during the violence gnaw at the intellect. His words bring demented logic to the seemingly illogical actions.
  • Feb 9, 2021

A plea for forgiveness before we forget

Officer Brian Sicknick lay in honor but the public could not come to pay its respects. Our representatives did so in our stead.
  • Feb 3, 2021
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