Opinion / Columnist


Baltimore and the dynamic of racial déjà vu

The institutional and political resources devoted to creating and maintaining a sizeable class of poor black people whether in populous urban centers like Baltimore or small cities and towns like Ferguson become obvious at moments like this.

Death Row’s Other Killers

The exonerations of death row inmates underscore how widespread are the terrible flaws of America’s criminal justice system, and especially its ultimate evil: the death penalty.

The second slaying of Walter Scott

It's getting so predictable you can mail the script in. A young, or not so young, unarmed African-American is gunned down by a cop. It makes brief news -- except the news is not really news but the script.

Facing bad “Officer Friendly” while black

The popularly-held view of police as protectors and servants doesn’t ring true for blacks

Free speech hypocrisy

This winter the media’s been ablaze with stories about racist, homophobic and sexist slurs being hurled this way and that by college students and other adults. Revealingly, those that have captured the most attention all involve black Americans as the ...

Stephen A. Smith’s GOP delusion is nothing new

ESPN host Stephen A. Smith’s assertion that blacks should vote GOP ignores the Republican’s party’s willingness in recent to use race issues divisively.

If Ferguson stays Ferguson, blacks have no one to blame but themselves

Ferguson will hold municipal elections on April 7. The mayor and five of the six city councilpersons are white. Three are up for reelection. Since Michael Brown was gunned down by former Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson on August 9, ...

Early education and care and out-of-school programs vital to children’s lifelong learning

Great educators are the key to improving outcomes for children. We know that, and it starts at birth, not in kindergarten.

A billboard to honor founder of Ku Klux Klan greeted marchers at Selma "Bloody Sunday" event

Those who marched across the Edmund Pettus Bridge to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of "Bloody Sunday" were greeted with a billboard to honor the founder of the Ku Klux Klan, Nathan Bedford Forrest.

Construction Development in Boston is booming and Massport plans on diversity playing a central role.

Massport expects full participation in designing, construction, equity, business tenancy as well as jobs with their $700 million construction projects.

The right fight for education

Across the nation, moviegoers have lined up for screenings of the film Selma. The movie recounts the courageous actions of thousands of ordinary, disenfranchised African-Americans in the South, including Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and now-Congressman John Lewis who took ...

GOP hammers Obama again with ‘taxing the rich’ myth

The ink was barely dry on President Obama's projected 2016 budget proposal when GOP leaders virtually declared the proposals DOA. The real issue is not the amount Obama wants to spend on domestic and defense programs. But his audacity to ...

A snow job by the Mayor's office

There seemed to be no rational plan to cope with the unprecedented volume of snow.

Overhauling U.S. Intelligence

With increased concerns over the limits of state surveillance, it may be time for a congressional investigative committee charged with conducting a thorough, bipartisan examination of our government’s secret intelligence operations

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 ...