Opinion / Columnist


Obama Rams the Issue of Racial Profiling Back Onto the Nation’s Table

President Obama movingly spoke of the “pain” most African Americans felt at the acquittal of George Zimmerman.

Trayvon’s weapon: A bag of Skittles

America’s obsession with race is by no means over.

Injustice in Mass. criminal courts gets less attention than in Fla.

Injustice in the Mass Criminal Courts - The relatively mild sentence for Michael McLaughlin, the disgraced former Chelsea Housing Authority executive director raises questions about fairness in the Massachusetts criminal justice system

Attorney General Holder Has a Compelling Reason to Consider a Zimmerman Prosecution

The moment George Zimmerman was acquitted, the NAACP and the Reverend Al Sharpton immediately called on U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to bring civil rights charges against him.

The Supreme Court’s True Colors Ignore “Fairness”

The Supreme Court’s conservative faction recently revealed more clearly than ever before its true colors. It showed that in the political war over America’s future it supports those who want to return to the exclusionary policies and practices of the ...

Legal support for “saggy pants” defiles advancement for black youths

A major responsibility of adults is to provide youngsters with sound advice and counsel. Of course it is natural for the young to resist the wisdom of their elders

America’s Shameful Treatment of Mandela

During his trip to South Africa, President Barack Obama graciously and reverentially praised Nelson Mandela as a leader who inspired people around the world and that included himself.

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.