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The NFL will never give up the National Anthem — here’s why

Some players, some sportscasters, some elected officials, and all civil libertarians will shout that compelling NFL players to stand for the national anthem is crass, crude, employer bullying and a blatant disregard of the First Amendment. They’re right. But the ...

An American con job

Donald Trump’s demeanor and mendacity caused blacks to view him as a huckster. Only 9 percent of blacks who voted in the 2016 election voted for Trump. What will it take for the majority of the electorate to come to ...

New federal data show a student loan crisis for African American borrowers

Two weeks ago, the U.S. Department of Education provided the first-ever look at long-term outcomes for student loan borrowers, including results by race and ethnicity. The data show that 12 years after entering college, the typical African American student who ...

Is Boston becoming a better city?

The way it is right now, things are getting worse.

In the news: Pastor William E. Dickerson II

Greater Love Tabernacle Pastor William E. Dickerson II has been elevated to bishop in the African Methodist Episcopal Church. Dickerson was born in Virginia and raised in Boston, Massachusetts. He is a graduate of Boston Latin School. After completing high ...

There they go again making excuses for the Paddocks

The predictable began the instant Stephen Paddock mass murdered 59 persons and wounded hundreds more. That is the almost by now ritual handwringing, soul search and pop psychology rationalizations to explain the behavior of white mass murderers.

Blacks must fight to defend democratic rights

Arroyo and other department heads of Walsh’s administration are employees at will. The mayor has the right to fire them, even without cause. After an internal investigation which did not include cross examination of the complainant, Walsh decided to fire ...

Why do you think turnout was so low in the Sept. 26 preliminary election?

I think that a lot of nonpartisan groups weren’t putting out the word. People have to get involved. You have to want to be active in something that affects your community.

Here’s how a guy can stroll into a Las Vegas hotel with an arsenal

The instant Stephen Paddock mass murdered dozens and wounded hundreds in Las Vegas, the question was asked how could a guy get 10 guns into a major Las Vegas Hotel. The obvious answer is that Nevada is a state that ...

Voters of color must flex political muscle

Fortunately there are two competent candidates for mayor. Black voters have to begin to think strategically. It would be disastrous with the Trump attitudes so influencing public policy to have a powerless black and Latino electorate. Those not registered to ...

What do you think is the most pressing issue facing the next mayor?

The BPS budget. I don’t think it’s balanced right, especially with transportation. All kids should have access to a free T pass. School should be free. If you have to pay to get there, it’s not.

In the news: Roudnie Célestin

Roudnie Célestin was appointed Mattapan neighborhood liaison and citywide liaison for the Haitian community within the mayor’s Civic Engagement Cabinet. In this role, Célestin will work as an advocate to both communities, and will serve as a local representative of ...

The brutal reality: Kap is still unemployed!

Kap made his point. He paid the price for it, and in the process stirred a president, a league and a nation to react. However, a reaction is one thing, getting the point of Kap’s protest is another. Whether the ...

Letter to the editor: A racist anthem?

Whatever one’s views are about Colin Kaepernick’s refusal to stand and “properly acknowledge” the playing of the “Star-Spangled Banner,” it might be helpful to read the following excerpt from the 3rd stanza of the “Star-Spangled Banner:” “No refuge could save ...

White supremacy: the oligarchic con-job

Thinking Americans should soon become tired of having their pockets picked by greedy oligarchs who keep them inflamed with racial antagonism. The people should remember how haughty peers in Europe oppressed their grandparents or others and they will see a ...

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