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Decriminalize marijuana: End prosecutorial discrimination against blacks

Studies have shown marijuana to be far less harmful than alcohol, yet its continued status as an illegal drug contributes to discriminatory prosecution of blacks, who are 3.7 times as likely as whites to be incarcerated on drug charges.

Smart choices for public safety

Banner endorses Suffolk County Sheriff Steve Tompkins for sheriff and former state rep. Warren Tolman for attorney general

Too many excluded from the nation’s prosperity

A pattern of income inequality is destroying the middle class and the American way of life, and it is afflicting whites as well as blacks.

The exculpation of the well-to-do

Law enforcement turned a blind eye on the criminal conduct of bankers and financiers whose misdeeds precipitated the financial collapse of 2008, yet overzealous prosecution of non-violent offenders in the U.S. has given the country the dubious distinction of having ...

Steve Grossman for governor

Banner endorses Steve Grossman’s campaign for governor

Income inequality: A continuing American problem

The belief held by many whites that poverty is a black problem diverts attention from the widening gap between the nation’s wealthy and the middle class

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

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

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 ...

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

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.

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.

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 ...

African Americans must revive commitment to higher education

The employment qualifications for jobs with a future more frequently include a college degree. Inspired by the opportunities, African Americans now enroll in college in greater numbers. However, statistics indicate that 40 percent of those who attend college as freshmen ...

Come late to the electoral process and lose the power

In Massachusetts, civic-minded citizens go to the polls to vote in every election for governor. While that is commendable, it is no longer enough. Political campaigns have become pitched battles between wealthy conservatives and persistent plebeians. Recent U.S. Supreme Court ...