Pride, prejudice and the Confederate flag

Immediately following the Charleston massacre businesses, politicians, and assorted institutions rushed to disassociate themselves from a flag made even more infamous by a 21-year-old Confederate flag waving madman. Sadly, it took a century and a half for them to do ...

Why do you think people still fly the Confederate flag?

Racism. They fly it because they can get away with it. — Willie Webster, Cook, Roxbury

Meaning of Texas’ Juneteenth lost in Boston

Juneteenth was originally a celebration for Texans. Efforts to extend it beyond the Lone Star State create a historical conundrum. The date that should be celebrated for the legal abolition of slavery in America is Dec. 6, 1865, for the ...

Obamacare: Health insurance for all Americans

In a dispositive 6-3 opinion, the U.S. Supreme Court recently rescued 6.4 million Americans in 34 states from the loss of their health insurance. The Affordable Care Act, derisively referred to as Obamacare by its opponents, included language that would ...

Why the Confederate flag will continue to fly — for now

The shooting of 9 churchgoers in Charleston, North Carolina, and that state’s refusal to lower a Confederate Flag on state property in the wake of the shooting, have thrust the Confederate Battle flag into the national spotlight.

Why do you think whites commit acts of racial aggression?

There’s a spiritual side to it. There’s something really demonic about vicious racist acts. Racism is part of the history of this country. — Emoro Efetie, Substitute Teacher, Roxbury

The challenges to successful fatherhood

For many black men, Father’s Day was a time for poignant memories rather than unbridled joy. Life in America for many blacks is challenging and full of frustration. The standard for attaining full manhood always seems just beyond reach, and ...

What part of democracy are they afraid of?

It’s not too soon to ask a critical question of citizens of voting age who tend to vote for Democratic candidates: Do you think you’ll be allowed to vote in 2016? The Republican Party in numerous states across the country ...

Dolezal's subterfuge underscores changing attitudes race, skin tone

Questions about how cosmetic tastes transmuted from ivory to bronze cannot be so easily answered. How then will there be a satisfactory explanation of the decision by Rachel Dolezal to abdicate her European heritage to assume life as an African ...

Do people need to have African blood to identify as black?

Yes, I think you do. If not, it’s more of a desire than an actual fact of your birth. — Anita Moreson-Matra, Urban Planner, Dorchester

Police brutality fuels growing anger

Reports about police brutality against blacks are now so common that even fervent advocates of aggressive law enforcement are beginning to question police behavior. The once common attitude was to assume that the person victimized by the police had broken ...

Dudley Williams and the beauty of discipline

Dudley Williams, the incomparable artist who danced with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater for more than 40 years, passed away last week at the age of 76. I agree wholeheartedly with the well-deserved praise of Dudley Williams, the artist. ...

What do you think the MBTA could do to improve service?

Bigger buses. The buses are packed. They pass you on the street all the time because they’re too full. — Afi Rock, Student, Dorchester

A valued investment in African democracy

The decision of the U.S. State Department not to extend funding for the African Presidential Center (APC) at Boston University could be financially fatal for the organization and thus be at odds with the policy of major nations to increase ...

America’s true crime problem

The Justice Department’s scathing report on the management and practices of the Cleveland police force is the latest to show that police departments’ racist practices toward blacks and Hispanics is also both a cause and effect of bad policing: of ...