Kevin Peterson

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Why we boycott Faneuil Hall

Why we boycott Faneuil Hall

Bid for a hearing on changing the name was denied

The following remarks are a slightly edited version of a speech delivered on Thursday at a protest at Faneuil Hall.  THE ROOTS OF BOSTON — our history, our legacy, our genesis — have been watered with the blood of the slaughtered. From first nation people to the bound African slave, Boston at the outset represented(...)

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Renaming Faneuil Hall would not erase history

Renaming Faneuil Hall would not erase history

We always reconsider the past in the light of new perspectives

IN A LOCAL TV news station poll this month, more than 90 percent of viewers opposed renaming Faneuil Hall, an iconic civic edifice in Boston which has been a magnet for tourist and elementary school day-trippers. Yet, all across the nation, large cities and small municipalities are taking sure-footed measures toward removing or renaming monuments,(...)

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Abysmal voter turnout a sad statement

Abysmal voter turnout a sad statement

We need to boost civic literacy and participation

A VANISHINGLY SMALL number of voters will be visiting the polls for today’s Massachusetts state primary. And you know what? It’s our fault. In our dreams, election days are supposed to depict an overflow of patriotism and sweet electoral engagement, where voters swarm the polls to practice their civic duty. In our election day fantasies(...)

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Blacks need to be savvier political players

Blacks need to be savvier political players

Reflexive support for Democrats is a weak position to bargain from

LATELY, DONALD TRUMP has been making appeals to black voters. His argument to African-Americans is that the Democratic Party relies on black voters, but has failed to improve their economic and social plight over the decades. He says that the needs of blacks often go unanswered, even as they remain loyal to the Democrats. During his(...)

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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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