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Trump deserves no credit for black jobless plunge

Trump predictably wasted no time in crowing that he was the reason for the big plunge in the black jobless rate., but what accounts for the jobs surge is a mix of the continuing spiral upward of the economy that ...

How has the first year of the Trump administration affected you personally?

I think the tax cut will affect me the most. It’s going to be the largest re-distribution of wealth from the working class to rich people.

Forget Trump, the real story is the GOP’s never-ending race baiting

Forget for a brief moment Trump’s vile, unabashed racist “hole nations” slur of Haiti and African nations. This was simply Trump being Trump. There were two more telling things that came out of the latest Trump debacle.

A leadership vacuum

The Civil Rights Movement launched a number of black heroes who will be long remembered. Leading the list is Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., who demonstrated great courage as well as extraordinary diplomatic and political skills. Also well recognized during ...

What do you think ordinary people can do to make the United States better?

I think that people should take more active roles in their communities. People are spending time working to make ends meet and can’t take part in social and political movements.

The brutal truth: the felon voting ban is a black ban

Bigoted protestors at the pro-confederate rally in Richmond, Va. last September openly espoused support for the concept of white supremacy. In support of racial and religious equality, fair minded Americans opposed the violence and bigotry of the Richmond protestors. However, ...

The historical myth of white supremacy

Bigoted protesters at the pro-confederate rally in Charlottesville, Va. last September openly espoused support for the concept of white supremacy. They were equally disparaging of Jews. In support of racial and religious equality, fair minded Americans opposed the violence and ...

Do you think Oprah Winfrey should run for president?

She’d be good. She might bring some changes to Washington.

An executive approach to New Year’s resolutions

The best course is to start with a small list of improvements, be specific about the required conduct, and schedule regular periods to evaluate your progress. Everyone really knows what changes in performance will ultimately lead to success.

A threat to consumer protection

America is becoming a predatory nation. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau which was established with the effort of Sen. Elizabeth Warren provides the primary oversight for small investors and the working class. Donald Trump plans to vitiate the effectiveness of ...

There are always more victims than one in a police killing

There is a human cost of police killings that go unreported and unpunished. In these cases, there are always more victims than just the one slain. Erica is the latest proof of that.

What issue do you think the city should focus on in the new year?

Housing is an enormous issue in Boston. There should be more control of landlords.

Blacks well-served by Boston hospitals

America suffers from the chronic malady of racial prejudice. Consequently, whenever African Americans are involved in unpleasantness or an incident of inequality, there is an assumption that racial discrimination is involved. The Boston Globe series on racism in Boston asserts ...

Will blacks also get treatment, not jail, for opioid addiction?

There was mild surprise when the news hit that the opioid death rate among blacks is fast approaching that of whites. Surprise because the opioid epidemic has been almost universally framed as a crisis that has slammed mostly whites in ...

What would you like to see happen in 2018?

I would like to see the Dudley area built up the way it was when I was a child. My grandmother and grandfather used to shop here for everything.