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Commentary: Media miss the mark on U.S. withdrawal from Iraq

While many in the U.S. media have criticized President Barak Obama for his decision to withdraw troops from Iraq, the president made sound policy decisions to protect U.S. troops

Mississippi blacks show greater sophistication at the ballot box

Black voters in Mississippi crossed party lines to block a Tea Party candidate from winning the Republican primary

How significant is the black vote in Massachusetts?

I think we have more power than we utilize. Our voting percentages are going up, but we don’t use the vote enough to effect the real power that we have. —Anthony Barnes, Accounts Payable Specialist, Dorchester

It is imperative that African Americans remain politically active in next election

African Americans are key voting block and their votes can make the difference in a close election. In the presidential election of 2012 66.2 % of eligible blacks went to the polls

Supreme Court undermines ultimate sacrifice of civil rights workers

Supreme Court undermines ultimate sacrifice of civil rights workers. Fifty years ago last weekend, three civil rights workers went missing in Neshoba County, Mississippi. Their bodies would be discovered in an earthen dam 44 days later as the ultimate payment ...

Commentary: Now who you calling lazy? Ryan’s racist attack fails

The rate of unemployment in the first quarter of 2014 was 6.9 percent. As expected, the rate for blacks was higher at 12.2 percent, twice the rate for whites. According to Paul Ryan, House Budget Committee chairman, this is the ...

How do you think the United States should respond to the current crisis in Iraq?

I think they should send back all the troops. They should help Iraq get stabilized. —Leon Hussey, Construction, Dorchester

Racial identity still a puzzling problem

Racially-ambiguous singer/actor Herb Jeffries pursued his career as a black man in an era when it was not profitable to do so

Don’t forget the small and neighborhood-based businesses

Often ignored by policy-makers, small businesses are key to neighborhood development

Why do you think blacks are incarcerated at a higher rate than whites?

It’s always been an issue in the United States. It’s not the crimes they commit, it’s their color. The white boy can commit the same crime, but they won’t do time. They hate us, but they don’t know why. —Oliver ...

Full speed ahead with Tremont Crossing

Boston is being rebuilt. On the waterfront, new hotels, office towers and apartment buildings have changed its character. The waterfront has become the Innovation and Design District. Now it is time for a transformation in Roxbury.

Earl Ofari Hutchinson: The GOP Hit on Bergdahl Is Yet Another Hit on President Obama

Hutchinson argues GOP lawmakers’ opposition to the Bergdahl prisoner exchange is more political than ideological

Objectors to Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper effort undermine initiative to help black boys, men

Several prominent blacks have voiced objections to President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper effort to alleviate the problems facing black men in the U.S. on the grounds that black women should be included.

What do you think black boys need to succeed in the United States?

They need role models, teachers who are willing to do a little extra and parents who pay more attention. —Michael Reid, Reprographics, Roxbury

Blacks need to implement an effective strategy to develop power and prosperity

John Conyers of Detroit was first elected to Congress in 1964. In every session he has filed a bill for Congress to consider reparations to African Americans. Year after year the bill has generated little interest. Several black intellectuals, including ...