Opinion / Columnist


Trump’s supporters aren’t just old, racist white guys

Trump backers defy popular conceptions and stereotypes with the huge numbers of college-educated, suburbanite, business and professionals, young persons, and Latinos and women who said they’d vote for him.

Warning: More cesspool politics ahead

Unfortunately, the social and political poison that made a Ted Cruz candidacy viable for so long isn’t gone. Donald Trump’s success completes for the moment the most astonishing act of self-destruction in the history of American politics: that of the ...

Jackie Robinson and the cost of racism

Another baseball season has opened, and with it, Major League Baseball’s annual homage to Jack Roosevelt Robinson, more popularly known as Jackie Robinson, whose breaking baseball’s color barrier with the Brooklyn Dodgers was one of the late 1940s’ harbingers of ...

Doubting black voters

Black voting patterns are widely consistently discussed as if they reflect a lack of political sophistication. Nothing, however, could be further from the truth.

America’s war for democracy

The conservative movement’s use of the tactic of massive resistance against voting rights is as fierce as their use of it against LGBT rights. That fact underscores one of the most important lessons of African-American history: Just because you achieve ...

Small businesses key to local economy

What has been described as ‘commercial gentrification’ represents a sort of ‘anti-local economic development’ because it threatens a vital part of Boston’s economy in low-income and working-class areas.

The terror attacks and people like us

Who are these people — these “terrorists” who think that killing innocent people is an — forgive the use of this word — effective way to spread this or that ideology, or, even worse, act out their own personal grievance?

Vote: for democracy’s sake

March, the month just ended, itself has an extraordinary history in the post-World War II freedom struggle. That history underscores the point that not since the struggle for black Americans’ voting rights in the South — which reached its dramatic ...

Morgan Stanley executive shares secrets to success

Named to Fortune Magazine’s list of “The 50 Most Powerful Black Executives in Corporate America,” Carla Harris has been blazing trails for more than 30 years. The financial powerhouse is the vice chairman of Wealth Management and senior client advisor ...

The GOP: ‘Political correctness run amok’

Donald Trump’s election victories in the Super Tuesday Republican primaries, along with GOP senators re-stating their refusal to even consider President Obama’s nominee for the Supreme Court dramatically illuminate what that ugly phrase — “political correctness run amok” — really ...

Roxbury Community College’s answer to the challenge of economic freedom

There’s been much discussion and many questions about the changes in Roxbury and how these changes will affect the current residents. The real issue is how can residents keep their homes; work at decent paying jobs; and create, grow and ...

Five simple habits to help our children thrive

Did you know that 80 percent of a child’s brain development occurs during the first three years of life? That fact presents a challenge: It means we can’t wait for schools to prepare our kids to learn. But it’s also ...

Donald Trump’s wish came true

It’s been apparent for months that Donald Trump’s rallies are full of men and women like John McGraw whose speech echoes the words of centuries of white racists No wonder Trump’s gotten the endorsement of overt white supremacists. His slow-in-coming ...

Trump and the mess the GOP created

Donald Trump is steaming toward the Republican Party’s presidential nomination, scattering in his wake the campaign wreckage of the GOP establishment’s once-celebrated paladins, Jeb Bush, Chris Christie and Marco Rubio — and perhaps the GOP itself.

The GOP war against the presidency

Having been out-maneuvered by Obama on such controversial issues as Obamacare and the Iran Nuclear Deal, and having seen him “shellack” their presidential ticket in 2012, Republicans know they’re no match for him in a fair fight. So, in hopes ...