Posts by Bob Herbert

The United States, which is supposed to be a nation of laws, is becoming a nation of bullies. We saw it in the boorish behavior throughout the Trump campaign for president, and we see it today in...
June 5, 2017 | Bob Herbert
Several weeks ago Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson agreed to be a guest on my City University television program. A few days later his office called to say he was ill and would have to...
October 12, 2016 | Bob Herbert
I remember the stunned reaction of so many Americans back in the summer of 2005 when legions of poor black people in desperate circumstances seemed to have suddenly and inexplicably materialized in...
August 20, 2014 | Bob Herbert
Imagine Michael Bloomberg being stopped on the street by police and ordered in contemptuous tones to spread his arms and legs wide and lean over the hood of a car so he could be patted down. New York...
August 15, 2013 | Bob Herbert
Perhaps the most breathtakingly obscene aspect of American society is our absolute and utter refusal to deal with the murderous gun violence that lays its awful blanket of blood and sorrow across the...
December 15, 2012 | Bob Herbert
In a speech at the University of Kansas in February of the tumultuous year 1968, Robert F. Kennedy spoke of the plight of the poorest Americans, those struggling in devastated rural areas, and on...
August 22, 2012 | Bob Herbert
The youngsters filed into the large conference room at the Community Service Society in Manhattan. Each picked up a slice of pizza and a can of soda from a small table that had been set up along one...
May 15, 2012 | Bob Herbert
The biggest domestic policy failure has been the refusal of top officials in the White House and in Congress to recognize the severity of the employment crisis that has settled like a plague over...
August 30, 2011 | Bob Herbert