Civil rights advocates awaiting the U.S. Supreme Court decision in the case of Fisher v. the University of Texas believe the case concerns the legitimacy of UT’s affirmative action plan for admissions. However, the case actually involves an even more extensive issue — whether any such plans violate the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
In this day of childhood obesity epidemic, the NAACP’s storied reputation was sullied recently by the decision of its New York state chapter to oppose Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s ban on the sale of sugary soda drinks in some stores and retail establishments.
Opinion by Melvin Miller
During the civil rights era, many Americans developed a profound respect for the U.S. Supreme Court as the guardian of the nation’s highest standards for freedom, justice and equality. Unfortunately, recent comments by members of the Court now tend to vitiate that reputation.
Most Americans are customers of a bank. However, a survey of about 54,000 U.S. households by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. (FDIC) in December 2009 found that 7.7 percent of U.S. households had no bank checking or savings accounts.
The loss of black household wealth during the recession. The net worth of black households in 2004 was $1 for every $11 of net worth for white households. In 2009, the net worth of white households had become almost 20 times higher — $92,000 to $4,900 for blacks.
H-Block: A community standard
The level of academic achievement of American youth is a major public policy concern.
the Democratic base is more dynamic. Blacks, Latinos and Asians voted for Obama in overwhelming percentages, and these groups are young and growing.
Black History on Roxbury, MA
A section of Roxbury now referred to as H- Block has an illustrious history.
The media ignored the “Jobs and Freedom” part of the title, but King never relented on his commitment to improve the economic status of the poor. After enactment of the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act in 1964 and 1965, respectively, King dedicated the rest of his life until his death on April 4, 1968 to the Poor People’s Campaign
U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz aggressively prosecuted Aaron Swartz, a 26-year-old computer prodigy, for wrongfully downloading numerous academic journal articles from an MIT website available only to subscribers. Swartz acted not for personal gain but because of a strong political belief that the internet should be free and open to everyone.
Defense — an excessive expense
Barney Frank, an effective choice
The roots of Kwanzaa
Sen. John Kerry has lived a life of extraordinary public service. He was first elected in 1985, became a leader in the U.S. Senate and is now highly respected by his colleagues. His many years as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee have made him uniquely qualified to perform with distinction as the next U.S. Secretary of State.
A business plan for 2013
“Peace on Earth, good will to man” is a universally recognized Christmas prayer. It induces everyone to respond to their higher instincts and be compassionate and generous to others. That is not the usual state of mind. There is so much cruelty and violence in the world, we take that conduct to be commonplace; but during the grace of yuletide, stories of inhumanity seem to be deviant.
Higher ed: The rational decision
Results from the annual state-run MCAS tests determine the academic standing of students. Those performing satisfactorily will be ranked in the “advanced” or “proficient” categories. While about 76 percent of the Boston Public Schools (BPS) student body is black or Latino, their test results are on average inferior to those of the 13 percent who are white. Despite the discouraging BPS results, three charter schools have reversed the test standings.