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Editorial
In defense of diversity
A coalition of Asian organizations have joined the lawsuit against Harvard University for alleged racial discrimination in admissions. They charge that less qualified applicants of other races have received acceptance letters denied to Asians only because of bigotry against Asians.
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The pursuit of one’s rights is justified
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Editorial
The pursuit of one’s rights is justified
Those who are angered by Colin Kaepernick kneeling during the national anthem would have to conclude that the extensive pattern of police assaults against unarmed black men do not justify such protest.
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Opinion
When John McCain got it right and wrong on race
John McCain had the rare distinction of doing something politicians almost never do. He admitted that he was wrong, terribly wrong. He also did something that politicians also rarely don’t do and that’s candidly discuss an issue that he was wrong on.
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Boston’s unusual history
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Editorial
Boston’s unusual history
Boston’s tradition of a multiracial affiliation for full equality continues. It’s a Boston thing that survives despite persistent vestiges of racial discrimination.
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Tough times for black patriots
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Editorial
Tough times for black patriots
For decades, African Americans have been participating in Fourth of July events. They have marched in parades, attended barbecues and cookouts, and gone to fireworks displays. Blacks joined in the celebration as fellow citizens despite their acute awareness that they did not fully enjoy all the rights of Americans.
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Local News
City councilors probe BPD surveillance activities
The City Council last week pressed Boston Police brass on their surveillance of Boston residents.
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Continued white resistance to civil rights advances
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Editorial
Continued white resistance to civil rights advances
A Harvard Harris survey in Aug. 2017 found that 57 percent of respondents are unfavorable to the Black Lives Matter movement. Similarly in a CNN poll in Sept. 2017, 59 percent of whites are against the professional football players taking a knee to protest police violence.
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Asian American group joins forces with anti-affirmative action effort
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Editorial
Asian American group joins forces with anti-affirmative action effort
The Asian American Coalition for Education has joined in a lawsuit alleging that Harvard has unlawfully denied admission to a large number of Asian students with high admission test scores and grade point averages. They have charged Harvard with racial discrimination.
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Opinion
Why we all lose with the model minority myth
Asian Americans who are committed to civil rights for all must keep our focus on fighting racial and economic inequality together with other communities of color. We cannot allow ourselves to be used as a wedge by conservative forces seeking to undermine educational access, employment opportunities, and a political voice for communities of color.
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Forum series examines racial wealth gap
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Local News
Forum series examines racial wealth gap
The immense wealth gap between white households and households of color may seem like old news by now. A much-discussed 2015 Federal Reserve Bank of Boston report showed that the median net worth — assets minus debt — of the city’s white households was $247,500, while for black households it was just $8. But such disparities have been felt intuitively and lived painfully day-to-day in communities of color long before data quantified them so harshly.
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NFL kneeling ban: An ill-advised attack on free speech
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Editorial
NFL kneeling ban: An ill-advised attack on free speech
The National Football League proposal to eliminate protests by players at games severely violates the spirit of the nation’s First Amendment to the Constitution. The issue is not whether team owners have the right to establish rules of conduct for their players, but whether it is advisable for the league to stifle the unassailable right of free speech.
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Opinion
New NFL rules won’t silence fight for justice
Elected leaders must do more than just acknowledge that systemic racism, economic inequality and the achievement gap exist. We must actively work to interrupt these patterns of discrimination. We must focus on effective legislative solutions to tackle disparities at their root, where they continue to choke at the promise of yet another generation.
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