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NCES data invokes urgent need for student-centered change

A majority of students in United States schools are now people of color, adding to the urgency of education reform.

Ferguson blacks reap consequences of failure to vote

Blacks make up nearly 70 percent of the population of Ferguson, Mo., yet there’s just one black person on the town’s board of selectmen and just three of the town’s 53 officers are black. Voter turnout among blacks in Ferguson ...

Are you planning on voting in the September 9 primary?

Yes. It’s imperative that we put people in office who will benefit our community. — Delmariato Grice, Construction, Roxbury

At last: Common-sense ideas to stop income inequality

Leading Wall Street firms are now acknowledging the deleterious effects of income inequality on economic growth in the United States.

Broadening children’s perspectives

Book on Native Americans can give children a broader perspective on Native Americans and the natural world.

Obama’s tough response is appropriate

Criticism of President Obama’s response to the Islamic State’s murder of James Foley ignores the broader implications of the president’s response.

Brown and Ford Slayings Prove that Racial Profiling Just Might Kill

Countless studies and surveys of police and public attitudes show that young black males are far more likely to be stopped, searched and arrested than white males. It's at times only a short step from that to a deadly altercation.

Police need better training

It’s an age-old problem. We need to build better race relations. We need to get police officers to learn how to work with black people. — Anthony Brewer, State Employee, Roxbury

Police homicides: A continuing national problem

Police shootings of unarmed black men will continue until blacks amass political power.

Globe articles target vital small business program that benefits Boston’s small businesses

A series of Boston Globe articles targeted The Boston Local Development Corporation, a BRA lending program that shored up local businesses during the Great Recession.

Recalling James Brown’s unique mix of political convictions, infectious soul

Earl Ofari Hutchinson reflects on the music, politics and character of the iconic soul superstar.

Do you think marijuana possession should be a criminal offense?

No. I think some people need marijuana for health. There are a lot of others things that should be a priority for law enforcement. — SH, Grandparent, Roxbury

Re-elect Auditor Bump — keep government honest

State Auditor Suzanne Bump has uncovered waste and fraud in government agencies, leading to significant government reforms.

Decriminalize marijuana: End prosecutorial discrimination against blacks

Studies have shown marijuana to be far less harmful than alcohol, yet its continued status as an illegal drug contributes to discriminatory prosecution of blacks, who are 3.7 times as likely as whites to be incarcerated on drug charges.

Are you planning to vote in the September 9 state primary?

Of course. I think it’s important that all people of color vote so we can have a voice in what is going on in the state. Without the vote, our voice will be silent. Your level of income does not ...