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A questionable approach to confront campus bigotry

In speaking about an alumnus of Harvard University it is sometimes said in jest, "you can always tell a Harvard man, but you can’t tell him much." This comment refers to the aura of self-confidence and assurance that seems to ...

What’s the best way to respond to racist attitudes?

Sometimes I think it’s best to respond. Sometimes it’s best to ignore it. But any chance you have to rectify it, you should.

Why America refuses to face up to its slave past

This news item shocked some. Two unnamed Academy members said they picked "12 Years a Slave" as their choice for Best Picture, yet, candidly admitted that they did not see the film. They minced no words as to why. It ...

Black culture must strengthen the community for success

Some problems are so huge that they seem to be unsolvable. The dire statistics of the plight of urban black boys indicate that a lost generation is inevitable. But President Obama is not giving up. He has recently announced "My ...

For Obama, ‘Brother’s Keeper’ is personal

President Obama made it perfectly clear why he got more than a little emotional when he announced his My Brother’s Keeper initiative. He was one of those brothers who but for his initiative, luck and a good support system could ...

What can be done to attract more shoppers to Dudley Square?

Better vendors and more appealing exteriors. It should have more of a village feel and be more welcoming to shoppers.

Continuing unresolved racial bias

Conservatives have two basic reasons for their opposition to government programs that benefit lower-income citizens. The first is that financial support for the programs will come from taxing the affluent. The second is that the beneficiaries of entitlements will lose ...

Why being ‘My Brother’s Keeper’ matters

As a black man, my heart aches over the disproportionate numbers of men and boys of color left back by schools, left out of jobs and caught up in crime. As a black public official, I am struck by how ...

What do you think black boys need to succeed?

To do well in school. Some kids would rather smoke weed than go to school. — Carlos Diaz, Student, East Boston

Damage to the NFL brand

Every Sunday during the fall, millions of Americans settle in before their television sets to watch their favorite teams play football. Older African Americans can remember when black athletes were rare participants in the games, but times have changed. In ...

An ACLU oversight in the Henriquez case?

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has a major voting rights project. Its objective is "to ensure that all eligible voters have an opportunity to cast a ballot that will be counted … and to make sure that all votes ...

What do you think the NFL should do about racial harassment of team members?

There’s no room for harassment. The players have to work together. They should share meals and have family get-togethers.

Creating a level playing field

This is a special moment in history. In August, we commemorated the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, when Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. shared his dream of equality and called for action. Later this ...

Quality public education a critical national challenge

Athletes in the Olympics have the benefit of knowing quite a bit about their competitors and the looming contest. That is not the situation in the work-a-day world. People usually have to perform against faceless standards of excellence. When students ...

Tough sledding to end the U.S.’s disgraceful felon voting bans

Attorney General Eric Holder was diplomatic when he said that the time to end the full or partial bans in all but two states on ex-felons voting has long passed. The bans are little short of medieval and disgraceful at ...