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Don’t expect GOP to back Congressional boost to Voting Rights Act

The instant the Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act by knocking out the key provision requiring Justice Department pre-clearance before a locale can alter or institute new voting procedures, the call went up for Congress to restore some version ...

More GOP Mythmaking on the Border

GOP House Speaker John Boehner recently called border security “laughable.” Boehner was not being funny.

Clarence Thomas: Affirmative Action’s biggest beneficiary and biggest hypocrite

The U.S. Supreme Court is poised to hand down yet another landmark decision on an affirmative action case.

Rice appointment is fitting rebuke to GOP

President Obama’s appointment of UN Ambassador Susan Rice as his National Security Adviser was a great move for two reasons.

GOP mute on Apple and other corporations’ welfare grabs

The news that Apple paid zero taxes on tens of billions in income on its overseas operations, investments and sales grabbed a momentary headline but stirred little more than a yawn among GOP leaders.

President Obama slays anti-business myth

The GOP myth that Democratic presidents were chronic foreign policy pushovers got some traction in the early going with their attacks on Democratic presidential candidate Obama and for a short time immediately after his election as president. He quickly slayed ...

Tougher gun laws needed to combat violence in Boston

In response to letters from three students at the Harbor School in Dorchester, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley, a Boston mayoral candidate, shared his thoughts on preventing youth violence. The below is excerpted from Conley’s speech last Saturday ...

Black voter surge spells even more woe for the GOP

The GOP hopes it is an aberration that, for the first time in census history, a higher percentage of blacks than whites turned out for the 2012 presidential election. The aberration is, of course, President Obama.

New proposal blocks African and Caribbean immigrants

Black lawmakers and civil rights groups are concerned by a proposal in the Senate’s immigration reform bill that would do away with “diversity” visas that are often a pathway for African and Caribbean immigrants to enter the United States.

Undocumented immigrants – financial burden or boon?

As the debate over immigration reform tugs predictably back in Washington, an undercurrent of ageism and disability bias has been flowing beneath more obvious racial and class implications.

Thomas’ race hit on Obama is no surprise

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas did the seemingly impossible — he turned from court mute to a hit man on President Obama. In an interview at Duquesne University Law School in April, Thomas rapped Obama for being the darling of ...

Officials right to damp down Muslim terrorism fear in Boston Marathon bombing

President Obama’s first official statement on the Boston Marathon bombing couldn’t have been plainer on this point: “We still do not know who did this or why. And people shouldn’t jump to conclusions before we have all the facts.”

The GOP’s minority outreach delusion

Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee got part of it right when he tasked a handful of worried Republicans to come up with some proposals to make the party competitive again in national elections. There really were no ...

Calling out racial bias in the courts

Supreme Court Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Stephen Breyer virtually seethed with rage in their denunciation of the High Court’s denial of review to Bongani Charles Calhoun. The issue again was racial bias in the prosecution of Calhoun on drug charges ...

Teachers alliance opposes student assignment plans

At a recent meeting of the External Advisory Committee (EAC), the Black Educators’ Alliance of Massachusetts (BEAM) joined a number of other community organizations in a joint statement stressing the importance of quality schools for all students and raising serious ...