The Great Debate

How do you change the deeply held beliefs of a nation? Here’s one strategy.

April 17, 2015

Updated 6/25/2015 at 10:15 a.m. EDT A box of cupcakes are seen topped with icons of same-sex couples at City Hall in San Francisco

A box of cupcakes topped with icons of same-sex couples at City Hall in San Francisco, June 29, 2013. . REUTERS/Stephen Lam

It’s not as simple as homophobic thugs vs. civil rights in Indiana

April 1, 2015
Business owner holds sticker to place outside her shop in Lafayette, Indiana

Elizabeth Ladd, owner of River Knits Fine Yarns, poses while holding up a “This businesses serves everyone” sticker she plans to place outside her business in downtown Lafayette, Indiana March 31, 2015. REUTERS/Nate Chute

Fighting discrimination, as inequality grows

August 28, 2013

I grew up in the segregated South. I tell students the story of how, as a young boy, I went with my mother to Bloomberg’s Department Store on High Street in Portsmouth, Virginia. There was a stack of doilies on the ladies’ hat counter and I asked my mother what they were for. She explained that a black woman had to put a doily on her head before trying on a hat, because a white woman would not purchase a hat that had been on a black woman’s head.