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A break with the past

Petitions to change the name of a public way in Boston are usually perfunctory matters. According to a report in the Boston Globe there have been only six petitions since 2011. However, the petition initiated by John Henry, the principal ...

Another GOP move to undermine democracy

The problem with artificially reducing a state’s population today is that it will deprive the state of deserved federal funds. About $600 billion in federal spending is allocated according to population. Accurate census data determine who gets what benefits. That ...

America’s disdain for the poor

Even though America has developed well beyond the pioneer days when covered wagons traveled west, the philosophy of rugged individualism still prevails. As they say, “you eat what you kill” as a hunter. As a farmer, if your crops are ...

Where’s the outrage?

Few protest slogans irritate whites more than “Black Lives Matter!” In the wake of numerous police shootings of unarmed blacks, this slogan is in defiance of the unlawful police assault on black men. How can whites assert that it is ...

A crisis of faith?

Holy Week has slipped by this year with little public notice or celebration. The days following Palm Sunday usually generate great solemnity among Christians as they prepare for Easter. The evangelicals are usually among the most ardent Christians, but publicity ...

Stuck in a hard place

Many citizens who are irate with the performance of Donald Trump as president have been calling for impeachment. However, under Article II, Section 4 of the Constitution, Trump would have to be convicted of treason, bribery, or other high crimes ...

The complexities of cultural appropriation

The late Malik Abdal-Khallaq was a highly regarded member of the Roxbury community. According to his granddaughter, Alenor Larisa Abdal-Khallaq Williams, he had a great interest in the Nubian civilization and he travelled to Africa on several occasions to learn ...

Snowstorms, city place burdens on residents

The recent snow storm raised the question once again of the rights and duties of those who live in the path of the nor’easter. Do those who shovel out the parking space at their expense, or with their exertion, have ...

A failure to protect minority leadership

Community residents are responsible for backing those whom they elect to public office. The failure to “get their back” renders them less effective. The lack of a public protest over the ouster of Carlos Henriquez has had unfortunate consequences. It ...

Student protests can diminish the power of the NRA brand

All Americans will benefit from the establishment of reasonable firearms controls and the removal from society of the excessive number of guns. This is a worthwhile cause for the nation’s youth. Who knows what good can develop? An unanticipated boon ...

A challenge to black voting power

Many American citizens were disturbed to learn that the Russians had infiltrated the last presidential election, and plans are underway to continue to disrupt the nation’s democratic process. The indictment of 13 Russians and three companies settled the assertion that ...

With racial inclusion, we all win

Is the primary purpose of Black History Month to provide an opportunity to applaud the achievements of black heroes, or does it stand for more than that? Is it also appropriate to extol the benefits of the successful elimination of ...

Different strategies for different times

The primary strategy has been to procure civil rights. Going forward, greater consideration should be given to entrepreneurial development.

A misguided effort to rename Dudley Sq. ‘Nubian Sq.’

Now African Americans are called upon to decide whether to retain traditions with colonial roots or to replace them with remote African references.

An effort to cure a common malady

For years, every February is Black History Month in America. Indeed, not every state embraces with enthusiasm the annual dedication to the achievements of African Americans. Nonetheless, it is generally agreed that this celebration has become part of the nation’s ...

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