“If those were my sons, somebody would have to post my bail money.” That was my first thought when I watched the now-viral video of white police officers—allegedly responding to disturbances at a private pool party in McKinney, Texas—throwing black teenage boys to the ground and handcuffing them.

At a speech on immigration in Las Vegas, Nevada on May 5, Democratic presidential hopeful and former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton did just what President Barack Obama did in 2007. She announced she is all in for a path to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States.

How many distressed damsels have been damned to a fate that only a stray dog is used to? 

How many ladies have languished and been laid bare by the brutal battering of a bullying brute? It is the public, private and secret shame of many households, and yet it shows no sign of abatement. It may be getting worse and it spans all echelons of society.

Earlier this year, Owen Arthur, the former Prime Minister of Barbados, described the malaise that now affects much of the Anglophone Caribbean. Delivering the 15th Archibald Nedd Memorial Lecture in Grenada, Mr. Arthur observed that the typical Caribbean nation now has to rely for material progress on economic systems that are no longer viable.