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A crippling social malady

America’s racism is complex and confusing. Toni Morrison, the prize winning author, in an interview with Charlie Rose some years ago, stated its nature quite simply: “Don’t you understand that people who do this thing, who practice racism, are bereft? ...

What do you think of the United States bombing Syria?

You want to believe that the president is looking out for people, but I don’t feel good about this. — Robert Brown, Roofer, Roxbury

King’s legacy and the fight for $15

In our democracy, elected leaders have a sacred duty to put the needs of the poor ahead of the demands of the powerful, but whether you are an educator or an investment banker you too can carry on the legacy ...

The important consequences of Ban the Box: Second chances for all

Thousands of Americans face long employment odds because of mistakes committed at some point during their young adult years.

Highest incarceration rate: America’s dubious distinction

American politicians enhanced their get tough on crime reputations with laws that required imprisonment for violators, but the rising cost of incarceration is forcing social policy planners to consider the impact on government budgets.

Why do you think the United States has a high rate of incarceration?

The U.S. has waged a drug war from the 1920s to the present. No one in this world should be treated that way. Our government has been abusing blacks. — Rosemary Hurley, Freelance Writer, Roxbury

What’s really missing in the D.C. missing girls case

The media and D.C. police and city officials were hammered for allegedly ignoring the plight of more than a dozen missing black and Latina girls in Washington D.C. Community activists chalked the seeming indifference up to racism.

The people matter

An aroused and committed public opposition of citizens successfully defeated the president and other politicians who attempted to revoke deserved public entitlements by artifice. The people should remain alert because other Trumpian frauds are likely to be revealed.

Do you think America can win its war on terrorism?

Of course we can. We are America. It will be difficult, but we have weapons and allies. — Lakia Chambliss, Registration Service Rep., Roxbury

Airports: The next racial profiling frontier

I lead a civil rights organization in Boston that is suing the president over his policies on sanctuary cities, to protect and empower immigrant families. Yet in that moment when I was being held at the airport, I felt powerless. ...

Needed: A cultural commitment to academic success

One thing is clear: The continued failure of blacks and Latinos to qualify for Boston Latin School is not acceptable.

If Democrats cave on Gorsuch they’ll be sorry

The only reason that Neil Gorsuch hasn’t matched his mentor and idol Antonin Scalia’s 19th Century grounded voting record on key cases, is because he hasn’t been on the court for the decades Scalia was on the high court. But ...

True patriotism is more than cheap platitudes

What they call patriotism now is a pale reflection of the love for America that abounded in the 1940s.

What do you think it would take to heal the deep divisions in the United States?

I think it would take open communication and everyone would have to be willing to accept their responsibility for the problems we’re facing. — Troy, Engineer, Dorchester

There’s a method to Ben Carson’s zaniness

Carson will always get snickers, chuckles and lampooning from his legions of black and liberal foes. But that just makes him even more serviceable to Trump and the GOP. That’s the method to Carson’s zaniness.