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Welcome to the best opinion pieces of the week from News From The States. Our commentary includes our own journalists from across our extensive network as well as outside voices to bring a wide range of perspectives and ideas. In addition to the sampling below, you can look through all our commentary here.



Given a chance to apologize for the theft of a Black man’s heart, House Republicans declined.

Samantha Willis | Virginia Mercury

Black laborer Bruce Tucker’s body was violated in the name of a medical miracle after his accidental death in 1968.​​​​​​​(Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Black laborer Bruce Tucker’s body was violated in the name of a medical miracle after his accidental death in 1968.
(Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Four of the subcommittee’s five members – including House Majority Leader Terry Kilgore, R-Scott, Speaker Todd Gilbert, R-Shenandoah, Del. Barry Knight, R-Virginia Beach, and Del. Kathy Byron, R-Bedford – voted to lay SJ 274 on the table, politi-speak for postponing any action on the legislation indefinitely. The measure had sailed through the Senate with unanimous approval and, at least in the mind of Phillip Thompson, who came up with the idea of the bill, was a no-brainer, low-lift way for the state to recognize the wrongs of the past.

“I thought it had a chance because it’s a very innocuous bill,” Thompson told me. “We weren’t asking for reparations, nothing like that; we just wanted a real apology.”

An apology would be the very least the state could do, considering Virginia institutions’ horrible history of using Black people, living and dead, as guinea pigs. 


This Alabama civil rights hero is still being punished. Let’s fix that

Brian Lyman | Alabama Reflector


Parents, pronouns and a place for all in an increasingly diverse world

Vanessa Gallman | Kentucky Lantern


What it's like to be transgender

Simone Kraus | New Jersey Monitor


Pursuing power with propaganda: The ties that bind Brnovich and Fox News

Jim Small | Arizona Mirror


Into the abyss with Colorado Republicans

Quentin Young | Colorado Newsline


Editor's Note: In the Feb. 19 edition, we had an embarrassing typo. The name of Virginia Mercury columnist Roger Chesley was misspelled.


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