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Why so many whites think they are discriminated against

There really isn’t much of a surprise in the recent poll conducted by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health that found that a majority of whites feel they are getting the ...

Next generation MCAS helps ensure students’ success

Parents around the state are receiving MCAS results, and may be wondering ‘What happened to my child’s scores?’ Improvements to state standards and an upgrade of the 20-year old test have led this year’s score reports to look different than ...

MCAS test has done nothing to improve school quality

Results from the new MCAS exam show that more than half of Massachusetts students scored below a new, arbitrary “meeting expectations” level in most grades and subjects. Disproportionately, these will be urban youth of color. Unfortunately, this will create more ...

Why do you think voter turnout is so low in Boston?

People feel disenfranchised. People don’t think their vote makes a difference. I don’t know why. I’m out here every time.

The Poor People’s Campaign and the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize: A national call for a moral revival

The moral revival signaled the kickoff of a modern civil rights movement and launch of a new Poor People’s Campaign. We were revitalizing what the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had started before his assassination.

A losing strategy

America has waged a war on drugs since 1970 that has cost almost $1 trillion. The cost for law enforcement in 2015 was $36 billion. Another estimated $40 billion is spent each year for incarcerating persons convicted of drug related ...

Time to occupy

Muriel Walker lived for 100 years when times in America were tough. Yet she maintained her rugged independence. Rev. Cook reminds us that it is time to occupy, another expression for “get busy,” and increase our assets.

Militarizing police under a cloak of secrecy

In a move that will further militarize police departments across the country while decreasing accountability, President Donald Trump issued an executive order that strips away limits on weapons of war that the Defense Department can hand over to state and ...

How do you think the government should best respond to the opioid crisis?

Very seriously. They need to use both treatment and enforcement of drug laws.—Robert Santos, Unemployed, Roxbury

The real name of the judicial game is not the Supreme Court, but the federal judiciary

A president’s picks to the federal bench is another matter. They have flown for the most part way under the public and media radar scope.

It’s time to forge political unity

The goal now for blacks must be to go to the polls on Tuesday, Nov. 7, and establish such a strong black vote that future politicians will be more reluctant to disrespect the interests of the community. Then win or ...

Much at stake in council races

It is likely that the four at-large Boston city councilors will all be re-elected. However, there is greater status for the councilor with the greatest number of votes. African American voters should be certain to vote for Ayanna Pressley. She ...

Are you planning on voting in the November election?

Yes. The mayor position is important to the city. He can help change things that are happening in Boston.

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 ...