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Caitlin Yoshiko Kandil

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Study: Whites less likely to support criminal justice reforms that benefit blacks

A pair of Stanford University professors found that whites are less likely to support criminal justice reforms when shown that the reforms would have a positive effect on blacks.

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Report finds Haitian descendants denied education in Dominican Republic

Report finds Haitian descendants denied education in Dominican Republic Description: Children of Haitian descent are increasingly being barred from access to primary and secondary education in the Dominican Republic in the wake of a controversial court decision to strip Dominicans of Haitian origin of their citizenship, according to a new report.

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Tufts author shines spotlight on ‘60s activist Stokely Carmichael

When Peniel E. Joseph was in junior high school, he watched “Eyes on the Prize,” the critically acclaimed documentary chronicling the Civil Rights Movement, and discovered a figure he had never heard of before — Stokely Carmichael.

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William P. Jones’ ‘The March on Washington’ examines radical roots of march

William P. Jones: The March on Washington: Jobs, Freedom, and the Forgotten History of Civil Rights, offers a historical look into the making of the march from its radical roots in the 1940s to the organizational role of labor unions and women’s groups, and its ambitious economic agenda.

Report: Racial gap persists in marijuana arrests possession

African Americans are nearly four times more likely than whites to be arrested for marijuana possession, despite similar rates of drug use, a new report released by the American Civil Liberties Union reveals.

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"Race to Incarcerate: A Graphic Retelling" illustrates exploding incarceration rates

Graphic novel adapts seminal 1999 work by the same name

Over the past four decades, the U.S. prison population has skyrocketed — jumping from about 250,000 in the early 1970s to more than 2.3 million today — so that now, the country’s incarceration rate towers above that of every other country in the world.

Thomas Flint, former trial court officer, seeks justice

The Roxbury native worked for the Massachusetts Trial Court for more than 20 years until he was fired in September 2009.

Flint, 45, is a former court officer who, in 2009, was fired from the Massachusetts Trial Court for allegedly getting into a verbal altercation with another court officer. Suspecting racial discrimination, the 20-year veteran of the courts took his case to the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, and in 2011, received a “probable cause” ruling backing his version of the story. Next month, starting June 3, Flint goes to a public hearing to determine a settlement against the Trial Court.

Report: Massachusetts wages lag behind living expenses

An estimated four out of 10 two-parent households in Massachusetts aren’t earning enough to make ends meet, according to a new report released by Crittenton Women’s Union, a Boston-based social servi

CWU’s research shows that in Massachusetts, a family of four made up of two parents and two young children needs at least $73,776 per year to meet their basic expenses without government assistance. This number includes bare bones housing, utilities, childcare, food, transportation, health care, taxes and personal items — and no luxuries such as eating out, entertainment or vacations, or financial investments such as paying off loans or building up a savings account.

Report: Massachusetts wages lag behind living expenses

Caitlin Yoshiko Kandil An estimated four out of 10...

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Thomas Flint, former trial court officer, seeks justice

Former court officer Thomas Flint stands in front...

Voting Rights Act explored in ‘Bending Toward Justice’

Supreme Court heard oral arguments for Shelby County v. Holder, a case that challenges the constitutionality of a key provision in the 1965 Voting Rights Act,

Earlier this year, when the Supreme Court heard oral arguments for Shelby County v. Holder, a case that challenges the constitutionality of a key provision in the 1965 Voting Rights Act, Justice Antonin Scalia said that renewing the historic legislation would amount to a “perpetuation of racial entitlement.” “I don’t think that’s attributable to the fact that it is so much clearer now that we need this,” Scalia said about Congress’ near-unanimous renewal of the Voting Rights Act in 2006. “I think it is attributable, very likely attributable, to a phenomenon that is called perpetuation of racial entitlement … Whenever a society adopts racial entitlements, it is very difficult to get out of them through the normal political processes.”

Images of bondage, liberation become theme of new book

“What does freedom look like?” For years, historian Barbara Krauthamer grappled with this question, digging through photographic collections in archives across the country looking for an answer.

“What does freedom look like?” For years, historian Barbara Krauthamer grappled with this question, digging through photographic collections in archives across the country looking for an answer. Krauthamer, a professor at UMass Amherst, had researched slavery and emancipation before, but after stumbling across some photographs of enslaved people, she became particularly interested in the visual record of bondage and liberation.

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Images of bondage, liberation become theme of new book

This photograph, taken in 1905, shows an Emancipation Day celebration in Richmond, Va., and is one...

New PBS documentary probes war on drugs in ‘The House I Live In’

In 1971, President Richard Nixon launched the War on Drugs and argued that drug...

Biography dispels myths about legend of Rosa Parks

While everyone knows the story of how she stood up to segregation by refusing to give up her seat on a bus to a white passenger, Jeanne Theoharis, a political science professor at Brooklyn College, says that few appreciate — or even know about — the fullness of Parks’ activism throughout her 92-year life.

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Biography dispels myths about legend of Rosa Parks

A new biography penned by Jeanne Theoharis sheds light...

Photo essay features never-before-seen images of historic March on Washington

Black History

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, a new photo essay featuring never-before-published images from the historic rally has just been released. The book of stunning black and white images, “This is the Day: The March on Washington,” features the work of American photographer Leonard Freed, and also includes a foreword by civil rights leader Julian Bond, an essay by Georgetown professor Michael Eric Dyson and an afterword by scholar Paul M. Farber.

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‘That relentless spirit’

Photo essay features never-before-seen images of historic March on Washington This photo was taken on Aug. 28,...

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Obama invokes legacies of King, Lincoln at 2nd inauguration

Obama’s inaugural address before a crowd of 700,000 on Monday was lit by the torch...

‘Soul Food Junkies’ set to premiere on PBS

‘Soul Food Junkies’ set to premiere on PBS

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‘Soul Food Junkies’ set to premiere on PBS

Critically-acclaimed filmmaker and Northeastern alum Byron Hurt returned to...

New book explores Obama’s use of Black Language

In their new book, “Articulate While Black,” Alim, director of the Center for Race, Ethnicity and Language at Stanford University, and Smitherman, director of the African American Language and Literacy Program at Michigan State University, explore the many instances Barack Obama employed Black Language during his 2008 presidential bid — a tactic they argue was key to his success. -

New book explores Obama’s use of Black Language

Days before his inauguration as President of the United States in 2009, Barack...

The most dysfunctional Congress ever?

Polls suggest yes, as partisanship limits legislative productivity

From the debt ceiling fight, which resulted in the first-ever downgrading of the U.S. credit rating, to House Republicans voting on 33 separate occasions to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s vow to make President Obama a one-term president, the 112th Congress has been defined by partisanship, obstructionism and an inability to get things done, leading many to wonder: Could this be the worst Congress in history? Most Americans seem to think so. According to Gallup, Congress’ approval rating hit an all-time low of 10 percent in August of this year, and hasn’t been above 20 percent since June of 2011. Other polling outlets showed Congress dipping to a 9 percent approval rating.

The most dysfunctional Congress ever?

Polls suggest yes, as partisanship limits legislative productivity Caitlin Yoshiko Kandil With the 2012...

Prison’s invisible men skew view of black progress

After President Barack Obama’s resounding electoral victory earlier this month, many are crediting massive...

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Shirley Sherrod rebounds with 'The Courage to Hope'

Caitlin Yoshiko Kandil When Shirley Sherrod got a call from the...

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Arts

Elijah Wald is an award-winning blues guitarist and author of “The Dozens: A History of...

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‘Life After Murder’ details parolees seeking redemption

(L-R): Jesse Reed, Don Cronk, Eddie Ramirez, Philip Seiler and Rich Rael stand in front...

Chef Marcus Samuelsson discusses new memoir

Over the past several decades, African Americans have broken down racial barriers in nearly...

Gov. Patrick signs ‘three strikes’ bill

After days of back and forth with the state legislature, Gov. Deval Patrick agreed...

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'Three strikes' bill on Gov. Patrick's desk

Black leaders held a press conference outside of the State House Wednesday morning opposing the “three strikes” legislation. Speakers...

‘Three strikes’ bill up for vote this month

Thirteen years to the day after his 27-year-old daughter, Melissa, was murdered, Les...

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Memorial Church names new minister

Jonathan L. Walton has been named the...

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High schooler brings single-stream recycling to BPS

City Councilor At-Large Felix Arroyo and Boston Arts Academy sophomore Nadia Issa are working to...

Low expectations partly to blame for achievement gap

Last year, fourth-graders in Massachusetts performed higher than the national average in reading and...

Policing the public schools creates new problems

A few years ago, a student at Kennedy Middle School in Springfield, Mass., was...

Film tells Olympian Jesse Owens’ story

As the 2012 Summer Olympics in London approach, a new PBS documentary takes a...

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Is mass incarceration the new caste system?

After the dismantling of segregation nearly...

'Fraternity' inspired racial equality at Holy Cross

Affirmative action has once again been thrust into the national spotlight. In 2008, Abigail...

Historical rift between hip hop and the Black Church

The generational divide is nothing new.Youths, wanting to set themselves...

Obama shows support for Israel at AIPAC conference

Speaking at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee policy conference last Sunday, President...

Tufts establishes new center for race and democracy

For many, the election of Barack Obama, the country’s first African American president,...

Sugar sweetened drinks linked to obesity, health problems

Earlier this week, Mayor Thomas M. Menino, the American Heart Association and 10 Boston-area...

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WGBH tackles old question in new film

One recent February, African American...

D.C. forum discusses rising poverty, unemployment

Washington, D.C. — The U.S. Census Bureau released last week a devastating statistic: nearly...

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MCAD rules 'probable cause' in court case

Former court officer Thomas Flint stands in front of his old workplace, the South Boston Courthouse. The Roxbury native...

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