Category Archives: Massachusetts

Black students at Massachusetts charter school served detention, suspended from sports teams for wearing hair in braids

African-American teenage twins attending a Massachusetts charter school are being punished for wearing their hair in braids. Their parents say the school’s policy around how students are permitted to wear their hair is discriminatory, and unfairly targets black students. Maya and Deanna Cook, sophomores at the Mystic Valley Regional Charter School outside of Boston, were… Read More »

When Boston Created an All-Black Police Unit

The myriad calls for policing reform in cities like Cleveland, Baltimore, and Ferguson have included initiatives seeking more racial diversity across the forces. All three of these cities have police departments that are much whiter than the populations they serve. But would relations with communities of color really improve if there was more racial symmetry… Read More »

Edward Brooke, 1st black elected US senator, dies

Former U.S. Sen. Edward W. Brooke, a liberal Republican who became the first black in U.S. history to win popular election to the Senate, died Saturday. He was 95. Brooke died of natural causes at his Coral Gables, Florida, home, said Ralph Neas, a former Brooke aide. Brooke was surrounded by his family. Brooke was… Read More »

The Staggering Racial Disparity In Boston’s Police Encounters

Despite making up less than a fourth of Boston’s population, African Americans are disproportionately targeted by the city’s stop-and-frisk law, according to a new study. The American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts released a report Wednesday detailing a four-year period of stop-and-frisk procedures. From 2007 to 2010, blacks made up 63 percent of all police-civilian… Read More »

Mass. political campaigns slow to hire blacks

While the Democratic primary is still nearly nine months away, the gubernatorial race is going full throttle for Democratic Party activists, with campaigns phoning potential delegates on a race to secure the party nomination during the June convention. With many of those campaigns, delegates in the black community will be getting calls from African American… Read More »