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Death Row’s Other Killers

The exonerations of death row inmates underscore how widespread are the terrible flaws of America’s criminal justice system, and especially its ultimate evil: the death penalty.

What do you think of the rioting in Baltimore?

I don’t like the way the cops treated that guy. They should react. If a riot is the only way they get recognition, so be it. — Fred Lee, Retired, Dorchester

Police violence: A corruption of public service

For some time the nation has been concerned about police violence against black men. Since the police officers involved were the white minions of a white government, it was assumed that the incidents were simply racial oppression. Then came the ...

There are some who stood up

During the civil rights era, outstanding black athletes were often called upon to use their celebrity for the cause of racial equality. For various reasons, some failed to answer the call, but those who did attained heroic stature. The consequences ...

Bringing back Dudley

At a time when men of their vintage would be seeking greater leisure, Cecil and Kenneth Guscott have just launched a major real estate development project for Dudley Square.

The second slaying of Walter Scott

It's getting so predictable you can mail the script in. A young, or not so young, unarmed African-American is gunned down by a cop. It makes brief news -- except the news is not really news but the script.

What do you like about living in Roxbury?

I love it here. My family legacy is here in Roxbury. No matter where you live, you can always come home to Roxbury. — Randall Tatum, Utility Worker, Mansfield

It’s time to build black wealth

America is suffering from a substantial wealth gap. A small number of residents control a disproportionate amount of the nation’s wealth. With the publication of “The Color of Wealth in Boston” report, the issue of wealth disparity took a shocking ...

Forrest County: An early battle for voting rights

Little attention has been given to the role of the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice in exposing the egregious discrimination in the voting rights of blacks.

Facing bad “Officer Friendly” while black

The popularly-held view of police as protectors and servants doesn’t ring true for blacks

Do you think videos of police abuse will lead to change?

None of this has slowed down the rate of police shootings. There are a lot of sick police officers. Some real deranged dudes. — Craig Campbell, Clinician, Dorchester

Uncovering white privilege

A recent Australian experiment documented preferential treatment whites receive, a rare glimpse at the seldom studied but pervasive privileges afforded whites.

Free speech hypocrisy

This winter the media’s been ablaze with stories about racist, homophobic and sexist slurs being hurled this way and that by college students and other adults. Revealingly, those that have captured the most attention all involve black Americans as the ...

What do you think should be done to build more wealth in the Roxbury community?

More opportunities and better-paying jobs for the people who live in the community. — Jerome Walker, Barber, Roxbury

Race: A diversion from America’s real problems

Americans should begin to talk diplomatically with one another to discover a way to end this debilitating racial conflict for the good of the country.