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Black Lives Matter occupies an important space

An op-ed by Ronald Sullivan Jr. The meme “All Lives Matter” is yet another effort to undermine legitimate calls to end antiblack police practices that characterize far too many interactions between police and citizens of color. Covered with a veneer of neutral and inclusive language, this mantra cleverly hides an intent to silence those who insist that police treat black citizens justly. Perhaps the cry “All Lives Matter’’ would register as genuine if police unions expressed the same opprobrium when a fellow officer kills a person of color as they do when an officer is killed. But this rarely happens. Instead, police unions tend either to support or remain deafeningly silent when their own misbehave.Continue Reading at The Boston Globe »

Olympics out, UN sports conference in?

An op-ed by Charles Nesson. Boston’s Olympic bid spurred a remarkable community deliberation. It gave us a chance to talk about our visions for sports and the city. The discussions were exciting, and we felt a spirit of democracy. But the subsequent withdrawal of the bid left many with an empty feeling. It truncated deliberation about the future of Boston’s engagement with sport by removing its focal point. Suddenly, we had no place to go. We moved on to the issue of chewing tobacco at Fenway. Without an Olympic focal point, our energy dissipated. But we now have an opportunity to regain that energy. The United Nations, through UNESCO, is seeking a host city for its next all-nations sports conference, the International Conference of Ministers and Senior Officials Responsible for Physical Education and Sport, or MINEPS VI, to be held in May 2017. Boston should bid for it.Continue Reading at Boston Globe »

The Imaginary Problem of Corporate Short-Termism

An op-ed by Mark Roe. Corporate “short-termism” may not be as interesting as Donald Trump’s latest gaffe, but it’s becoming an issue in the 2016 presidential race. Corporations, the idea goes, are being run too much with an eye toward quarterly earnings instead of the long-term good of their businesses, their employees and the economy. Investors are to blame, and something needs to be done. Hillary Clinton has proposed making changes to capital-gains taxes and holding periods to encourage long-term investments. But it isn’t just Democrats who are concerned about short-termism…Among those who opine on the topic, most take for granted that corporate short-termism is pervasive, and more important damaging to the U.S. economy. But is it? Or is it a small issue on which we could do better but that’s been blown out of proportion by those fearful of change? I see it as just that.Continue Reading at The Wall Street Journal »

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