A protected class of criminals

Corporations are endowed with the rights of an individual under U.S. law, but often enable individual wrongdoers to escape punishment for malfeasance. What kind of system of justice does the nation have when felons can defraud the world, essentially with ...

Do you think corporations should have the same rights as individuals?

People should have equal rights, but not businesses. — Elizabeth Grant, Retired, Roxbury

Baltimore prosecutor sets higher standard for police conduct

Baltimore prosecutor Marilyn Mosby’s grand jury indictment against the six police officers involved in the death of Freddie Gray demonstrates that district attorney’s can secure justice in cases against police.

The Waco biker riot and the lexicon of racism

America’s present-day “racial divide,” has never been more strikingly displayed than in the refusal of much of the mainstream and conservative media to describe the May 17 biker riot in Waco, Texas as a riot.

What do you think of Bernie Sanders’ candidacy for president?

I love it. I support his point of view. I think he’s a healthy alternative to Hillary. I like his proposal for free college tuition. — Sharon Hinton, Educator, Hyde Park

Bernie Sanders candidacy pushes Democrats to left

The political campaign has begun to elect the successor to President Barack Obama. It is still much too early to engage the interest of the voters, the decisive election is not until November 2016. But before then, the candidacy of ...

The GOP’s lunatic center

The Republican Party doesn’t have a lunatic fringe. It has a lunatic center: a core bloc of white voters and officeholders whose extreme conservatism leads them to repeatedly indulge in outlandish conspiracy theories and, more seriously, propose and enact legislation ...

What skills do you think it takes to enter today’s job market?

Definitely computer skills, language skills and business skills, regardless of what field you go into. — Sherea McLaughlin, Child Care, Dorchester

Job market still tight for black college graduates

The economy has improved so the unemployment rate for young college graduates has declined, but unemployment is still too high for black graduates.

Trading away economic opportunity

The neo-liberal Washington consensus, from the International Monetary Fund to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, has concluded that the pressing challenge today is rising inequality in income and wealth. And, as all students of inequality understand, the United ...

What do you think are the greatest challenges facing black and Latino youths in Boston?

A lack of opportunity. You look at education, and they don’t have the resources that are afforded to students in more affluent areas. — William Watkins, Project Manager, Roxbury

The erosion of public confidence in police

With high profile police killings of unarmed blacks increasingly publicized through cell phone videos, the public may no longer be willing to support the exorbitant salaries many officers earn.

Baltimore and the dynamic of racial déjà vu

The institutional and political resources devoted to creating and maintaining a sizeable class of poor black people whether in populous urban centers like Baltimore or small cities and towns like Ferguson become obvious at moments like this.

What do you think it will take to stop police from abusing black people?

Black people need to stop abusing each other. Black people ain’t got no respect for themselves. That’s why they refer to each other using the n-word. — William Speight, Retired, Roxbury

No justice, no peace

The Baltimore protests, and the violent police incidents that precipitated them, raise important questions about racially discriminatory policing.