Kevin Peterson

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Make America hate

Make America hate

Trump’s dark message only sows fear and division

IF IT WASN’T exceedingly clear before last night, Donald Trump doesn’t want to make American strong again. He wants to take it back to a divided past with a contorted vision that may be disastrous for urban America. As he accepted the Republican nomination for president, Trump sounded like the world’s angriest white man. He dangerously(...)

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Baker’s absence in Cleveland speaks volumes

Baker’s absence in Cleveland speaks volumes

Governor’s decision underscores divisive tone of Trump campaign

AS PROMISED, Gov. Charlie Baker didn’t show up for the start of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland yesterday. But Baker did weigh in on critical issues relating to race and urban communities just before the presidential proceedings in the Buckeye State got underway. On Sunday, Baker spoke forcefully on Channel 5‘s On The Record, saying(...)

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Missed opportunities in Channel 5 forum on race

Missed opportunities in Channel 5 forum on race

We need to move beyond usual grievances and scapegoating

THE CONVERSATION ON race in Boston hosted by Channel 5 and the Boston Foundation on Thursday offered a tremendous opportunity to confront prejudice and systemic discrimination in Boston. Sadly, people talked around the real issues and missed another opportunity to move things forward. Black civil rights leaders may have been telling the city’s white audience something that(...)

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A time to heal

A time to heal

Racially-charged killings demand greater understanding, reconciliation

THE MURDER OF two black men at the hands of the police earlier this week and the killing of five law enforcement officers in Dallas Thursday night is a double reminder of how hot the matter of race burns in this country and how much we must also remain focused on protecting the police. The(...)

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Boston Latin turmoil also moment of opportunity

Boston Latin turmoil also moment of opportunity

City must reckon with race and equity issues throughout its schools

THE RESIGNATION OF Boston Latin School headmaster Lynne Mooney Teta last week punctuates a tragedy that we all must feel compelled to address. Teta appeared to have ignored pleas from black students who were suffering from racial harassment. That was a mistake. Similarly, the subsequent resignation of Boston Latin assistant headmaster Malcolm Flynn last week presents(...)

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The case for automatic voter registration

The case for automatic voter registration

Massachusetts should do all it can to promote participation in democracy

IT JUST MAKES good policy sense that every eligible resident in Massachusetts should be registered to vote — automatically. In fact, automatic voter registration (AVR) should be among the Commonwealth’s important goals. It should be a civic priority.  It should be seen as a timely opportunity we take to bolster greater individual involvement in public(...)

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Race issues at Boston Latin demand change

Race issues at Boston Latin demand change

Crisis presents opportunity for systemic reforms

THE RACIAL CRISIS roiling Boston Latin School requires immediate attention, which could have an impact on public education policy in Boston and the Commonwealth. Last year two of Boston Latin’s best and brightest students were victimized by racial taunts they witnessed on social media. According to black students at the school, racism is widespread. Many students have accused(...)

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Voting reforms are long overdue

Voting reforms are long overdue

Early voting, same-day registration needed

In an era of voting rights retrenchment – where electoral freedoms are steadily eroding nationwide – Massachusetts lawmakers on Beacon Hill are on the verge of doing the unexpected: Passing an omnibus voting rights act.  The Massachusetts Senate late last week sent legislation to the House of Representatives which would, among other enabling civic measures,(...)

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Voting Rights Act debate misses larger civic opportunities

Voting Rights Act debate misses larger civic opportunities

It’s time to embrace practical voting reforms

US Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts caused a civil rights brouhaha last month by citing a seeming disparity between voter registration and turnout rates among African-Americans living in Massachusetts and Mississippi.  In a case now before the court, Shelby vs. Holder, Section 5 of the 1965 Voting Rights Act is at risk of being(...)

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Mixed grade for Obama’s first term

Mixed grade for Obama’s first term

Bold initiatives, but a failure to sell them

BARACK OBAMA’S FIRST TERM was marked by daunting political realities. Upon entering office, he faced an economic crisis un­matched since the Great Depression. The banking system teetered on the verge of collapse. The automobile industry in Detroit was tanking. The nation was hemorrhaging 70,000 jobs each month. Despite all this, some said there were reasons(...)

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