Opinion / Columnist


Why Brian Williams got away with pandering to racial stereotypes about black gangs

Now it turns out that the temporarily defrocked NBC news anchor Brian Williams may have blatantly lied about being terrorized by gangs during the Katrina debacle in 2005. Williams repeatedly said that during his stay at the Ritz Carlton Hotel ...

A free and open internet for an innovative and competitive economy

Description: Small businesses need net neutrality — as does the economy as a whole. We can’t have a system where established companies with deeper pockets play by a different set of rules. That runs contrary to the American entrepreneurial spirit. ...

GOP holding AG pick hostage

The instant President Obama nominated Brooklyn U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch to replace outgoing U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, a core of leading GOP senators and conservative political action groups flatly said they’d do everything possible to block Lynch’s confirmation if ...

Citizens United will stifle business innovation

Five years after the Supreme Court handed down its decision in Citizens United v. FEC, the United States is still feeling its ill effects. The 2012 election cycle proved to be the most expensive cycle in history, with an estimated ...

‘All labor has dignity’: King’s other legacy

The King Holiday is a celebration of many things – his pursuit of racial justice, his commitment to non-violent resistance, his belief in service and doing for others. But you might also call it the other Labor Day.

Truth and Reconciliation

The killings of Michael Brown and Eric Garner have sparked a national outcry to end the epidemic of police brutality against black men. I believe our greatest hope lies in creating a truth and reconciliation process —starting in Ferguson, Missouri ...

‘Selma’ got it right about Johnson, the FBI and King

The debate is sharp over whether the movie Selma got it right about Lyndon Johnson and his relationship with and to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. A counter argument challenges the film’s depiction of Johnson as at best wary of ...

Elizabeth Warren is good and bad news for the Democrats

Mass. Senator Elizabeth Warren’s growing national stature presents a challenge to Hillary Clinton and other Democrats considering a run for the presidency.

How the white South became the white South again

Republicans won the South in the 1964 presidential election with a racially-divisive campaign strategy.

Black lives matter — it’s more than police killings

The Black Lives Matter movement should focus on comprehensive criminal justice system reform

City backs off Radius proposal

Mayor Martin Walsh is to be commended for his decision to discontinue plans to utilize the Radius Specialty Hospital as a residential addiction treatment facility. The mayor has demonstrated both a sensitivity to the will of the community and an ...

Feds need look no further than Rodney King for the case against Wilson

The Justice Department should take the same step in the Michael Brown slaying it took 22 years ago in the Rodney King beating case. That is to fulfill its responsibility and prosecute Wilson.

Two sons, two very different conversations

Raising a black son and white son provides an Easton, Mass. woman insights into racial disparities.

Black Friday blues

Walmart, the biggest corporation in America, with revenues of almost half a trillion dollars, gets a $1 billion tax break each year on average by exploiting federal tax loopholes, according to a new report from Americans for Tax Fairness. Taxpayers, ...

Juror bias the biggest barrier to indicting Wilson and cops who kill

The biggest barrier to getting an indictment of Wilson and cops who kill unarmed suspects is the glaring racial and pro-police bias that deeply plagues the jury system and that includes grand jurors.