Opinion / Columnist


Time to hold school principals accountable for increasing teacher diversity

It’s hiring season in the Boston Public Schools. Principals across the city are interviewing talented teachers to join their school teams. One top criteria they must look for is diverse candidates that reflect the racial demographics of their students.

Martin Luther King’s fight for justice continues as we heed the call to act

On April 4,1968, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s life was cut short in Memphis, where he was fighting for dignity and justice for black sanitation workers.

Boston faces a crisis in community-based reentry

Approximately 3,000 individuals return to Boston from jail or prison each year, and a majority of them will return home to the neighborhoods we represent. They are our brothers and sisters, mothers and fathers, and deserve the chance to rebuild ...

Bank deregulation denies black homebuyers shot at parity

There’s a long and shameful history in this country of discriminating against minority borrowers when they try to buy homes. From 1934-1968, it was the official policy of a government agency, the Federal Housing Administration, to refuse to insure loans ...

Guns and freedom

Fear at school was something the Little Rock Nine knew all too well. Facing vitriol, racism, and merciless violence, the Little Rock Nine were escorted, for their own safety, by federal troops to their high school classes. For those brave ...

It’s Long Past Time to Act on Gun Control

In the aftermath of the Parkland school shooting, after more precious lives were stolen, I struggled a little to find appropriate words. As a nation, we have experienced so many of these mass murders, in churches and theatres, at concerts ...

Jeff Sessions perverts American justice

In 1986, Mrs. King warned that Sessions had used the power of his office as an Alabama prosecutor to chill the free exercise of the vote by African Americans. As attorney general, Sessions has continued that crusade, targeting not only ...

Federal ‘funding cliff’ puts public health at risk

Health care for more than 27 million people is being managed on a month-to-month basis because Congress has failed to extend funding for community health centers.

No coincidence that Trump says blacks like him

By any standard, it was a bad month for Trump on the racial front. The start was the “shithole nations” slur of Haiti and African nations. Then there were the denials and refutations of the denials that Trump did racially ...

Trump deserves no credit for black jobless plunge

Trump predictably wasted no time in crowing that he was the reason for the big plunge in the black jobless rate., but what accounts for the jobs surge is a mix of the continuing spiral upward of the economy that ...

Forget Trump, the real story is the GOP’s never-ending race baiting

Forget for a brief moment Trump’s vile, unabashed racist “hole nations” slur of Haiti and African nations. This was simply Trump being Trump. There were two more telling things that came out of the latest Trump debacle.

The brutal truth: the felon voting ban is a black ban

Bigoted protestors at the pro-confederate rally in Richmond, Va. last September openly espoused support for the concept of white supremacy. In support of racial and religious equality, fair minded Americans opposed the violence and bigotry of the Richmond protestors. However, ...

There are always more victims than one in a police killing

There is a human cost of police killings that go unreported and unpunished. In these cases, there are always more victims than just the one slain. Erica is the latest proof of that.

Will blacks also get treatment, not jail, for opioid addiction?

There was mild surprise when the news hit that the opioid death rate among blacks is fast approaching that of whites. Surprise because the opioid epidemic has been almost universally framed as a crisis that has slammed mostly whites in ...

BPS start time process showed little respect for parents, students

As parents, students and teachers confront the very real possibility that their elementary schools may change start times next fall by as much as two hours, forcing many more children as young as 4 years old to start school as ...