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Remembering William Raspberry

William Raspberry

Some readers might remember that we ran William Raspberry’s Washington Post column on our pages until his retirement in 2005. The Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist, who died today at age 76, was one of the first black journalists to appear widely in the mainstream press.

Here’s the Post’s obit. And here’s a column Raspberry wrote in 2005 shortly before his retirement. Its subject – on civil disagreement – seems particularly timely.

Our civil disagreement


I’ll breeze right past the fact that the heaviest mail day of my career as a newspaper columnist came when I announced the end of that career. What I want to think about instead is something that is enormously flattering and still a little mysterious.

The dominant theme of the letter writers was that they appreciate my attempt at balance and fairness and, most of all, thoughtfulness. Listen to one letter I’ve just opened from a “white, more-or-less conservative Republican”: Read more »


TNT guest columnist makes a national splash

Walter Backstrom – one of our Monday guest columnists last year – had a big day today. He wound up finishing 16th in the first round of The Washington Post’s “America’s Next Great Pundit” contest.

This is a big deal. The Post solicits 400-word sample columns from the entire country; Washington Post editors then pick their favorites. Now regular readers get to vote here on the finalists; the winner gets a three-month contract to write a weekly Washington Post column.

As a black conservative, Backstrom offers an unusual take on social problems. His highly ranked sample is a condensed

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