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Violent suppression of equality in Mississippi
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Editorial
Violent suppression of equality in Mississippi
The concept of “freedom and justice for all” is too lofty a principal for many Americans to embrace. Evidence of this incapacity is the continued vandalism of the memorial to Emmett Till, even though it has been established that he was innocent of the alleged misconduct that provoked his lynching.
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Affirmative action: safe for now
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Editorial
Affirmative action: safe for now
There was an enormous sigh of relief across the country when Federal District Court Judge Allison D. Burroughs issued her ruling in the case brought to end affirmative action admissions at Harvard University.
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Panelists discuss Hub school desegregation
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Local News
Panelists discuss Hub school desegregation
Civil rights activists and attorneys gathered to mark the 45th anniversary of the court order mandating school desegregation in Boston with a panel discussion.
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National
Are TSA scanners discriminating against black women?
Dorian Wanzer travels frequently for work. And almost every time she steps out of an airport body scanner, security screeners pull her aside and run their fingers through her hair. It’s called a hair pat-down.
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Editorial
Elusive remedies for historical grievances
Those expecting reparations to uplift the spirit and creativity of African Americans are probably underestimating the cumulative damage to the human psyche from sustained oppression.
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Hair test has city fighting legal battles on two fronts
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Local News
Hair test has city fighting legal battles on two fronts
In 1999 the city began contracting with a hair-testing firm to determine whether Boston Police Department officers were using drugs. Twenty years later, the city is entangled in two sets of lawsuits: one is with black officers who say the hair test is discriminatory and the other with the Acton-based Psychemedics Corporation, the firm that to this day administers the tests on the city’s behalf.
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Local News
NAACP brings 2020 convention to Boston
The 111th NAACP Convention will be held in Boston in 2020, the historic civil rights organization announced Monday.
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Local News
City clings to controversial hair test despite evidence of racial bias
A group of minority police officers are suing the Boston Police Department over a drug testing program which has long been called both unreliable and discriminatory.
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Byron Rushing: U.S. still grappling with color line
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Local News
Byron Rushing: U.S. still grappling with color line
Former state Rep. Byron Rushing, who served in the Massachusetts House from 1983 to this year, reflected on the problems of this century, inspired by W.E.B. Du Bois’ famous use of the phrase in his 1903 book, “The Souls of Black Folk.”
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Angela Davis speaks about gender violence, racism
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Local News
Angela Davis speaks about gender violence, racism
Angela Davis, the renowned civil rights activist, feminist and academic, spoke Saturday night to a sold-out auditorium of Boston University students, former students and faculty.
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Extending King’s economic agenda
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Editorial
Extending King’s economic agenda
Soon after attending to the implementation of the civil rights legislative gains, King turned to the Poor People’s campaign.
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REMEMBERING MARTIN LUTHER KING JR: Spotlight: Rosa Parks
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Black History
REMEMBERING MARTIN LUTHER KING JR: Spotlight: Rosa Parks
On Dec. 1, 1955, Rosa Louise Parks refused to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Alabama, city bus. By staying seated, she stood up to racial injustice in America and helped spark a wave of protest for civil rights in the United States.
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