Kevin Peterson

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Trump’s phony appeal to blacks

Trump’s phony appeal to blacks

Against track record of bigotry, his pitch rings laughably hollow

REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL NOMINEE Donald Trump is a Machiavellian lout whose overblown xenophobic tendencies have lately inveighed upon race — specifically black Americans. His bullying of black people began recently with his speech to a largely white audience in Wisconsin two weeks ago, following the riots in Milwaukee after the death of a black man by(...)

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Weld outshines Johnson in CNN town hall

Weld outshines Johnson in CNN town hall

Former gov belongs on the top of the Libertarian ticket

FORMER MASSACHUSETTS GOVERNOR Bill Weld is a typical political alpha male. Always has been. He proved that by once jumping headfirst in a not-so-clean Charles River as a display of his political machismo. Weld has also burnished his personal profile of being a “manly man.” While governor, he boasted endlessly of his affinity for hunting.(...)

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Obama’s legacy wrapped up in Clinton’s success

Obama’s legacy wrapped up in Clinton’s success

President hopes to seal his mark by helping his one-time adversary win

PHILADELPHIA – PRESIDENT OBAMA’S night at the Democratic National Convention was all about legacy lengthening. He warmly embraced party presidential nominee Hillary Clinton at the conclusion of his speech when she appeared on the stage to the cheers of delegates. But for Obama, if Hillary loses, his presidency stands at risk as being perceived as an isolated(...)

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Cities likely to be key election battleground

Cities likely to be key election battleground

Urban voters will probably decide victor

PHILADELPHIA — Massachusetts is likely to be an electoral sure thing in November for Hillary Clinton and the Democrats, so urban voters across the state probably won’t hold much sway during the upcoming presidential election this fall. The urban vote from cities such as Boston, Springfield, Worcester, and Brockton will be a negligible footnote on what(...)

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Michelle Obama as prophet of compassionate family values

Michelle Obama as prophet of compassionate family values

First Lady pitch perfect in address to Democratic delegates

CALL HER THE Democrats’ prophet of family values. With wit and guile, charisma and wisdom, Michelle Obama proved herself worthy of that title last night in her speech to Democratic conventioneers on the first day delegates met in Philadelphia to lift Hillary Clinton to the White House in November. Her importance as the First Lady(...)

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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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