Blog - Melida Arredondo - on the anniversary of the Marathon Bombing

Melida and her husband, Carlos Arredondo, were witnesses to the Boston Marathon bombing. This is not their first up close and personal experience with violence and death, and Melida shares her message to all the survivors of violence.

Do you think it’s important for blacks to serve in government?

Yes. We need representation. The only people who know about our everyday experience is black people. It’s very important to have a voice in government. — Mark Mitchell, Human Services Advocate, Dorchester

McCutcheon ruling is another blow to democracy

The Roberts Court, in its 5-4 “McCutcheon v. FEC” decision last week continued its drive to give Americans a government of, by and for big money. While doing so, it demonstrated once again just how out of touch with political ...

A lost opportunity to tackle legislative misconduct

With lightning speed the Massachusetts House recently approved stronger measures against domestic violence. Unfortunately, the legislative enthusiasm waned and there has been no change in the rules of conduct for representatives. There is still no requirement for the summary expulsion ...

The monetization of the voting process

Republican sycophants gathered at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas to audition for Sheldon Adelson’s political support only a few days before the U.S. Supreme Court published its opinion in the McCutcheon case. The 5-4 decision lifted any restrictions on ...

The wisdom of the elders is still relevant

“Never let your enemies define you!” That is sage advice often given by the elders to young black men generations ago. When understood, it enabled males to steel their psyches against the “slings and arrows” of aggressive bigots. Perhaps this ...

Life expectancy disparity a national blight

The life expectancy of its citizens is one measure of determining the standard of living in a country. One would expect that the industrialized nations would top the list. However, the United States, the greatest industrial power in the world, ...

Black students under fire: still more likely to get expelled

Fifteen years ago, the U.S. Department of Education found black students were getting the boot far faster and in much bigger numbers than white students. While blacks made up then less than 20 percent of the nation’s public school students, ...

How does racism affect you?

All kinds of ways. I have missed a lot of opportunities to get ahead. — Bernard Washington, Retired, Roxbury

Black teens show strength in confronting adversity

When the Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman overdosed on heroin in February, America discovered that the nation has a serious drug problem. Until then, many people thought that drug addiction was essentially an affliction of black, urban communities. After all, ...

‘My Brother’s Keeper’ — a single father’s perspective

I must admit, being a single father of two black boys isn’t easy, especially since my wife passed away 12 years ago. From breaking up fights to discussing college and career choices, I’ve learned that being a good father means ...

Why do you think black teens are more likely than white teens to be arrested on drug charges?

I think black teens are just profiled more than white kids are. It has a lot to do with the politics of our community.

A questionable approach to confront campus bigotry

In speaking about an alumnus of Harvard University it is sometimes said in jest, "you can always tell a Harvard man, but you can’t tell him much." This comment refers to the aura of self-confidence and assurance that seems to ...

What’s the best way to respond to racist attitudes?

Sometimes I think it’s best to respond. Sometimes it’s best to ignore it. But any chance you have to rectify it, you should.

Why America refuses to face up to its slave past

This news item shocked some. Two unnamed Academy members said they picked "12 Years a Slave" as their choice for Best Picture, yet, candidly admitted that they did not see the film. They minced no words as to why. It ...