Category Archives: Massachusetts

TSA officers allege racial profiling at Logan

More than 30 federal officers in an airport program intended to spot telltale mannerisms of potential terrorists say the operation has become a magnet for racial profiling, targeting not only Middle Easterners but also blacks, Hispanics and other minorities. In interviews and internal complaints, officers from the Transportation Security Administration’s ‘‘behavior detection’’ program at Logan… Read More »

Pastor embraces hip-hop to reach Mass. youth

Would Jesus invite Tupac Shakur and Queen Latifah into his house to save “those who hunger and thirst for right-eousness?” As a pastor and professor, Emmett G. Price III already has. The Framingham resident who is chairman of the African-American Studies Department at Northeastern University and serves as founding pastor of the just-opened Community of… Read More »

Mass. anti-slavery hub to reopen after restoration

Step into the sanctuary of the African Meeting House and you will walk on the same ancient floorboards where Frederick Douglass, William Lloyd Garrison and other prominent abolitionists railed against slavery in the 19th century, and where free black men gathered to shape the famed 54th Massachusetts Civil War regiment. Following a painstaking, $9 million… Read More »

Nightclub settlement in Harvard black alum case goes to scholarships Read more: Nightclub settlement in Harvard black alum case goes to scholarships

Boston Business Journal – Applying a settlement obtained from a Theater District nightclub that allegedly discriminated against African Americans, the Massachusetts Attorney General’s office donated $28,500 in grants Tuesday to four organizations that help black students obtain higher education. The money came from the February settlement in the case against the Cure Lounge nightclub in… Read More »

Trial starts in alleged Obama-inspired church fire

A federal court jury in Massachusetts will be hearing opening arguments in the trial of a man charged with burning down a predominantly black church in Springfield because he was upset that Barack Obama was elected president. Opening arguments are set for Monday in the trial of Michael Jacques (JAKES’) at U.S. District Court in… Read More »

Mass. church arson suspect wants confession tossed

One of three white men accused of burning down a predominantly black church in western Massachusetts just hours after the election of Barack Obama has told a judge he played no role in setting the blaze. Michael Jacques Jr. told a federal judge Thursday that investigators bullied him into confessing while he was going through… Read More »

Mass. Gov. Patrick swears in Roderick Ireland; 1st black chief justice of state Supreme Court

Gov. Deval Patrick has sworn in the first black chief justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. Roderick Ireland replaces Margaret Marshall. As chief, Ireland will oversee the state’s sprawling court system, which has been plagued by high caseloads, budget challenges and allegations of political favoritism. Gov. Patrick, the state’s first black chief executive, says… Read More »