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Pressley, Lee, Kendi discuss anti-racist policies
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Local News
Pressley, Lee, Kendi discuss anti-racist policies
Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley dove into a conversation on equity in her policy making with fellow Rep. Barbara Lee and anti-racism scholar Ibrahm X. Kendi on Feb. 4. They spoke on how policy can be more anti-racist, and how equity should already be built into policies on public health and criminal justice.
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Opinion
Where do we go from here, redux
The year 2020 was a stressful one. With George Floyd’s death at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer as an inflection point about race and racism in America, an unprecedented presidential election, and social unrest during an ongoing pandemic with a rising death toll, something is deeply broken in America’s body politic.
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Personal commitment required to fight COVID-19 and race bias
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Editorial
Personal commitment required to fight COVID-19 and race bias
Those who have so far survived Covid-19 unscathed might well consider on their own how to adjust their discriminatory attitudes toward those of another religion or so-called race.
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Loconto's gaffe underscores simmering racial conflicts
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Politics
Loconto's gaffe underscores simmering racial conflicts
A brew of conflict fueled by Boston’s racial politics came to a boil last week, when the School Committee took up a proposal to suspend for one year the test governing entrance to the city’s three exam schools. A flashpoint came when now-former Boston School Committee President Michael Loconto was heard on hot mic making fun of people’s names after secretary Elizabeth Sullivan read off the names of several Asian Americans who were scheduled to testify.
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Claudia Rankine: Seeking real dialogue on racism and whiteness
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Arts & Culture
Claudia Rankine: Seeking real dialogue on racism and whiteness
Author Claudia Rankine recently took part in a virtual conversation hosted by Harvard Bookstore in Cambridge. Joining her in the online event was Kierstan Carter, a doctoral student in African and African American Studies at Harvard.
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Poll finds COVID-19 tops list of Hub voter concerns
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Local News
Poll finds COVID-19 tops list of Hub voter concerns
As Boston prepares for the 2021 mayoral election, a new GBH News poll conducted by the MassINC Polling Group shows that the COVID-19 pandemic far outstrips any issue on the minds of registered Boston voters, relegating crime, public safety, police conduct and race relations to a third tier of worry.
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Opinion
Trump’s naked race card play
Trump has only one card left to play to stay in the White House. That’s his old favorite, the race card. He’ll play it with a vengeance in the run-up to Nov. 3 that might even make the unreconstructed George Wallace blush.
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Activists push to change Massachusetts state flag
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Local News
Activists push to change Massachusetts state flag
Last Thursday, a group of Native American activists and allies gathered at the front steps of the Massachusetts State House to push for three pieces of legislation that would change the state’s controversial state seal and flag.
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In conversation with Ibram X. Kendi
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Arts & Culture
In conversation with Ibram X. Kendi
Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, eminent scholar and youthful intellectual, brimming with ideas and a willingness to apply academic rigor to urgent matters of community, has arrived in Boston to become the founding director of the Boston University Center for Antiracist Research. The Banner spoke with Dr. Kendi in early July about racism and the arts.
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Opinion
Be careful what monuments you go after
Slapping the name of a historic figure with a checkered past on a public place or erecting a monument to him is not sacred and immutable for all times.
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Boston Art Commission votes to remove Lincoln statue
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Local News
Boston Art Commission votes to remove Lincoln statue
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Opinion
Racism isn’t just a public health crisis. It’s a chronic illness
The disease of racism isn’t just a white policeman kneeling on a black man’s neck. It’s black and brown people breathing polluted air. It’s black folks in Boston spending 64 more hours stuck on the bus than white folks. It’s decades of housing policy that leave the average black family in Boston with $8 in wealth while the average white family has $247,500.
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