I don't want to elevate my Dad in death to something more than he was in life. His good will and tolerance certainly had limits. But he did something that wasn't easy. He left the familiar confines of his hometown and refused to embrace historical racial prejudice. His decision came at a cost. He returned home as an outsider, someone whose attitudes towards race were not "traditional."
I had always wanted to live in Austin, but the Austin I wanted to live in then is now slip-sliding away.
As the Evenwel v. Abbott redistricting case goes before the Supreme Court this week, there may be temptation to see it as yet another in the long chain of struggles between Anglos and Hispanics over power in Texas. But if maps have to be redrawn, the impact of Evenwel could be far more dramatic.
As a majority-minority state, Texas gives us a unique picture of what our country faces in the future. How Texans overcome lingering prejudice and de facto segregation in the face of this shifting sense of diversity will be the model for the rest of the country.
As Austin and San Antonio begin to look more like one large metroplex, we need to seriously discuss the creation of a regional airport — a DFW for Central Texas.
There is a creeping national narrative that seeks to re-cast #BlackLivesMatter as a symbol of ill will. And Texas is ground zero for the debate.
On his trip to Texas this week, Ted Cruz will avoid Texas’ biggest cities — and by and large, its fast-growing Latino population.
Ten years after Hurricane Katrina, survey findings have called into question what we thought we knew about Houston's responses to the storm victims.
It's no secret that veterans make up a disproportionate share of the country's homeless population. What often goes unspoken is the fact that these veterans are increasingly young, black and female.
The endless speculation over what a majority-Hispanic population will mean for Texas politics has largely ignored the fact that several decades from now, “Hispanic” may not mean what it does today.
Some say Austin — the only fast-growing large city in the country that's losing African-American residents — has a black problem. As I myself consider leaving, I realize that it's more complicated than that. Here's the truth: Elitism is Austin's new normal.