Tony Norman

Tony Norman

Tony Norman is a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette columnist. He was once the Post-Gazette’s pop music/pop culture critic and appeared as an expert on cultural issues on local radio talk shows and television programs. In 1996, he began writing an award-winning general interest column, which, he says, rejuvenated his enthusiasm for the kind of journalism that makes a difference.

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Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. (Photo: JEFF KOWALSKY/AFP via Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, October 14, 2020
Even Villains Are Heroes in Their Own Minds
Last week, President Donald Trump was released from Walter Reed Medical Center after less than five days in quarantine after being diagnosed with COVID-19. Hopped up on steroids and the next generation of experimental drugs, Mr. Trump was feeling “super,” not to mention invulnerable and “immune” to...
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A crown of onlookers watch as the Stonewall Jackson Monument in Richmond Virginia is being removed by a crane on July 1, 2020 in Richmond, Virginia. Mayor Levar Stoney ordered the removal of all Confederate statues from city land. Views
Saturday, July 04, 2020
The Day They Tore Old Dixie Down
“In the winter of ’65, we were hungry, just barely alive/ By May the 10th, Richmond had fell/ It’s a time I remember, oh so well.” — from “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down” Fifty-one years ago, Robbie Robertson, a Canadian of Jewish and Six Nations descent, wrote the lyrics that the late, great...
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When They See Us Views
Sunday, June 16, 2019
Sorry Means Sometimes Having to Admit You're Racist
Not long ago, a few southern newspapers offered apologies for having vociferously opposed the civil rights movement. The newspapers that were around in the 1910s and 1920s offered mea culpas for condoning lynching, Klan terrorism and the routine indignities of Jim Crow. Much of this public soul-...
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Donald Trump & Michael Cohen Views
Sunday, July 29, 2018
What an Incompetent Conspiracy Sounds Like
Not making any value judgments here, but Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s onetime consigliere, “fixer” and designated punching bag, is turning out to be something of a rat. I say that with about as much affection as can be mustered for anyone in the Trump gang. My feeling is that as long as...
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"Justice for Antwon Rose Jr" Views
Sunday, July 01, 2018
They All Call to Ask, ‘What Do Black People Want?’
There’s a genre of letters and phone calls that every black person with a media platform gets on a regular basis. They all begin with the correspondent declaring his or her age — usually between 60 and 85 — followed by the announcement that they’re white. What follows is often either a short...
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 Harry Belafonte Views
Sunday, October 29, 2017
The Life Force of Harry Belafonte
Activist and artist Harry Belafonte could be sitting or standing when you meet him, but he’s usually the only true giant in the room. Meeting Mr. Belafonte and his wife, Pamela, in the green room of the Carnegie Music Hall last Friday was a perk resulting from having interviewed him by phone the...
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Sunday, June 11, 2017
The Gospel According to Donald Trump
On Thursday, former FBI Director James Comey testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee and said out loud what a majority of Americans concluded a long time ago — that President Donald J. Trump is a liar. Mr. Comey did not resort to euphemisms when he accused the president of defaming him...
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Sunday, January 11, 2015
Grief Would Pale for U.S. Media Attack
At Thursday morning’s Post-Gazette editorial board meeting, one of my colleagues made an interesting observation about the thousands of citizens who filled the streets of Paris to protest the murderous assault on the staff of Charlie Hebdo. The photos of Parisians carrying signs proclaiming “Je...
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Saturday, October 04, 2014
Christian Extremism Plagues World, Too
Where does this incredible smugness come from? Last week at the Values Voter Summit, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum told an ostensibly Christian, very pro-war-with-Islam crowd that, though it took a millennium or two, Christianity was officially not as bad as the forces of “radical Islam.”...
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At the NRA's "Stand And Fight" rally last Saturday former Alaska governor Sarah Palin said, "Enemies, who would utterly annihilate America, they who'd obviously have information on plots, to carry out Jihad. Oh, but you can't offend them, can't make them feel uncomfortable, not even a smidgen. Well, if I were in charge, they would know that waterboarding is how we'd baptize terrorists." Views
Sunday, May 04, 2014
'Christian' America Lacking in Compassion
A day after the botched execution of a convicted murderer on Oklahoma's death row horrified a nation that would rather not think about legally sanctioned torture, that state's senior Republican senator was on the floor of the U.S. Senate decrying a travesty -- but not that one. "We're here because...
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