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Equality still a challenge after 40 years of busing

Court-ordered desegregation was implemented in response to the longstanding unequal allocation of resources in Boston’s public schools.

Why do you think wages are so low in the United States?

Because workers accept it. If they would stand up, they could change things. — James Young, Retired, Roxbury

Fast food workers need a real break today

The Bureau of Labor Statistics in a wage survey found that fast food workers are the poorest paid of any workers in the country.

The math is simple: Entitlements decline with the growth of good-paying jobs

Many low-income workers are better off on public benefits that pay for housing, food, and health care than they are working a minimum wage job. A Harvard economist argues that allowing people to continue to collect benefits while employed would ...

Good news in the battle against poverty

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the birth rate for teens 15-19 years old has dropped from 57 percent in 1991 to 26 percent today. The decline in teen births has saved the government $12 billion ...

What do you think blacks should do to curtail police abuse?

We need an open dialogue with the police in our community, and we need to respect ourselves. The tone for our community today should be unity and love of self. — C1 Clifton Brathwaite, Political Consultant, Hyde Park

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.