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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Julie Tran holds her phone during a candlelight vigil in Garden Grove, California, on March 17, 2021 to unite against the recent spate of violence targeting Asians and to express grief and outrage after Tuesday's shooting that left eight people dead in Atlanta, Georgia, including at least six Asian women. Views
Sunday, March 21, 2021
As Attacks Spike, Anti-Asian Violence Gets Lost in Translation
Sometimes it’s where you’re from that sets up the initial perception of what you’ve done, no matter how horrific it is. Robert Aaron Long is a 21-year-old “devout Christian,” according to his friends and fellow congregants at Crabapple First Baptist Church in Milton, Ga. Like many committed...
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Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman speaks during the inauguration of U.S. President Joe Biden on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on January 20, 2021 in Washington, DC Views
Sunday, January 24, 2021
Land of Hope and Dreams Revisited
America was already exhausted, but relieved, by the time we got a glimpse of Amanda Gorman, the nation’s first ever youth poet laureate. By midday on the day of the Biden/​Harris inauguration, there had been no reprise of the Jan. 6 insurrection, not even a scuffle. Meanwhile, the disgraced...
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U.S. President Donald Trump (L) and first lady Melania Trump leave the Rose Garden after 'pardoning' the national Thanksgiving Turkey at the White House November 24, 2020 in Washington, DC Views
Saturday, November 28, 2020
The Annual White House Festival of Death
With the exception of his insane Twitter account, President Donald Trump has been AWOL since losing his re-election bid to former Vice President Joe Biden. Like Punxsutawney Phil, the shy varmint who predicts the length of winter, Mr. Trump emerges from the den of superspreader inactivity that is...
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This is no time for being coy. This is the most significant election of our lifetime. (Photo: Steve Eason/Flickr/cc) Views
Tuesday, November 03, 2020
What to Do When Your Democracy Is on Fire: Vote!
Everyone’s on edge; now is not the time for irony or speaking in parables. I get that. There are too many sleep-deprived folks walking around today with dry mouths and heart palpitations to engage in the usual Election Day bromides about civics. No one’s in the mood for gestures of fake neutrality...
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Senior Adviser to the President Jared Kushner speaks during the daily briefing on the novel coronavirus, Covid-19, in the Brady Briefing Room at the White House on April 2, 2020, in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images Views
Saturday, October 31, 2020
The Dead Eyes and Cold Heart of Jared Kushner
The dead eyes of Jared Kushner always give up the game. His voice, a nasally trill from the depths of inherited privilege, cracks slightly under the weight of racist cliche-mongering. His usual verbal nervous tick—a recurring "right?"—is missing from the word salad of projected Black victimization...
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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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