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Too many excluded from the nation’s prosperity

A pattern of income inequality is destroying the middle class and the American way of life, and it is afflicting whites as well as blacks.

The Tale of Two Police Abuse Cases

The cases of Marlene Pinnock, beaten by a California Highway Patrol officer and Eric Garner, killed by a New York City Police officer, illustrate the intractability of police violence against blacks.

Why do you think income inequality exists?

For working class people, employers don’t want to pay you what your job is worth. You can’t live off the wages they pay. It’s greed. The less they pay, the more they make. — Anthony Raines, Baggage Agent, Roxbury

Small Businesses Want Minimum Wage Increase

A majority of small business owners recognize the importance of good-paying jobs in supporting local economies

The exculpation of the well-to-do

Law enforcement turned a blind eye on the criminal conduct of bankers and financiers whose misdeeds precipitated the financial collapse of 2008, yet overzealous prosecution of non-violent offenders in the U.S. has given the country the dubious distinction of having ...

Why do you think the United States has the highest incarceration rate in the world?

Lack of education and employment opportunities. People are frustrated and they commit crimes. — Doreen Warfield, Customer Service, Roxbury

GOP Hypocrisy Rides High on Border Crisis

Republicans speak in favor of immigration reform while opposing Obama administration measures

Steve Grossman for governor

Banner endorses Steve Grossman’s campaign for governor

What do you think should be the top priority for the next governor of Massachusetts?

Getting these young people jobs. Somebody needs to help them. —Lenny Mitchell, Retired, Dorchester

Income inequality: A continuing American problem

The belief held by many whites that poverty is a black problem diverts attention from the widening gap between the nation’s wealthy and the middle class

The Supreme Court’s relentless war against President Obama

The US Supreme Court has undermined Obama administration policy in multiple decisions

Why do you think poverty still exists in the United States?

It’s been going on for years. It’s a question that’s never been answered. —Alicia Reeves-Cobb, Retired, Dorchester

Voting rights are in peril, and democracy hangs in the balance

NAACP official outlines threats to black voting rights

Commentary: Media miss the mark on U.S. withdrawal from Iraq

While many in the U.S. media have criticized President Barak Obama for his decision to withdraw troops from Iraq, the president made sound policy decisions to protect U.S. troops

Mississippi blacks show greater sophistication at the ballot box

Black voters in Mississippi crossed party lines to block a Tea Party candidate from winning the Republican primary