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Come late to the electoral process and lose the power

In Massachusetts, civic-minded citizens go to the polls to vote in every election for governor. While that is commendable, it is no longer enough. Political campaigns have become pitched battles between wealthy conservatives and persistent plebeians. Recent U.S. Supreme Court ...

Sixty years after Brown v. Board of Education: was it worth it?

At 90 years old and not traveling much, Jack Greenberg didn’t make the NAACP’s symposium here commemorating the 60th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Brown v. Board of Education decision. But the former head of the NAACP Legal Defense and ...

Are you paying attention to the race for the governor’s office?

Absolutely. I’m fearful of low turnout. There’s no person of color in the election, and people don’t know who the candidates are. I’ll be working double-time to turn people out. —Cheryl Crawford, Executive Director, Roxbury

‘Historic’ high school graduation rate hides a concerning reality

The recent National Center for Education Statistics’ report that the U.S. high school graduation rate has climbed up to 81 percent — the highest it’s ever been — was widely covered as "good news." This rate is, in fact, "historic," ...

What do you think would be the effect of a casino on the Greater Boston area?

It would increase gambling and, I think, it would lead to more family problems and take away people’s incomes. Emoro Efetie, Teacher, Roxbury

Unveiling subconscious discrimination

Reasonable Americans would agree that racist behavior is undesirable. However, some people are unable to perceive the discriminatory nature of their own conduct. Observers must wonder what drives such pernicious behavior, especially in financially successful people like Donald Sterling.

Commentary: Protecting the reputation of an esteemed organization

One of the most disturbing aspects of the Donald Sterling fiasco is that the Los Angeles branch of the NAACP was scheduled to bestow upon the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers basketball team the 2014 Humanitarian Award. This decision ...

America’s chronic affliction

A cultural cancer afflicts the country. Racism is far more prevalent than people perceive. Irrelevant rants about "negroes" by Cliven Bundy, the deadbeat Arizona rancher, can be dismissed as the ravings of an unfortunate eccentric. After all, he apparently also ...

Do you think America will ever move beyond racism?

No, I don’t think so. Look at where we are now. We’re still being categorized as inferior. America doesn’t accept blacks. —Meesie Antoine, Retail Supervisor, Cambridge

Commentary: A violation of voter rights

The basis for the ouster is that Henriquez was convicted of a misdemeanor domestic violence charge and was sentenced to a six-month jail term

National Urban League calls for changes to current housing reform legislation

The National Urban League, the nation’s largest historic civil rights and urban advocacy organization, has serious concerns regarding proposed housing reform legislation. There are plans to mobilize against it unless it includes provisions ensuring that working- and middle- class families ...

Why do you think there’s poverty in the United States?

Because of the disparities in opportunities. If opportunity is not presented to you, you don’t have a chance. — Willie Thornton, Retired, Dorchester

Poverty in America knows no racial bounds

Many Americans once believed in the old adage "if you work hard and follow the rules you will succeed in life." As the possibility for sustaining a middle class lifestyle declines, and poverty has become more common, attitudes toward the ...

Amid Detroit beating story, acts of racial reconciliation

By now, everyone in Detroit has had an opportunity to show love for Steve Utash, whose beating by a mob after he stopped to help a child he struck with his pickup truck has sparked outrage. It’s also fueled efforts ...

A propaganda campaign to destroy self-image

Racial discrimination in education and employment denied African Americans the right to progress in society, and discrimination in places of public accommodation was both inconvenient and demeaning. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 specifically outlawed throughout the country all three ...