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Basic Black: The "School-To-Prison" Pipeline; Black Buying Power

Arts & Culture | Business | Education | Politics

(Originally broadcast on December 9, 2011)

Recent headlines across the nation have highlighted stories of children of color (some as young as five) being arrested for “acting out” in school. Basic Black discusses the impact of “zero-tolerance” behavior policies and the “school to prison pipeline.” Also, as we head into the Christmas season, a conversation about the economics of black buying power.


Basic Black: A Look at Secure Communities; Race in the Classroom

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Education | Politics

(Originally broadcast May 18, 2012)

The Secure Communities program is now officially in place in Massachusetts, despite objections from many state officials, including Governor Deval Patrick. Under Secure Communities, fingerprints from local jails are matched against a federal immigration database; Immigration and Customs Enforcement then the local jail detain people they think are here illegally. Supporters of the program see it as a tool in the fight against crime while opponents charge that the program encourages ethnic profiling.

Later in the show, we turn the discussion to race in education. In Boston, three City Councillors are pushing for more teachers of color and the integration of black and Latino studies into the curriculum. Basic Black poses the question: does the race of a teacher matter in learning the fundamentals? On a national level, last week there was a huge controversy about an article written in the Chronicle of Higher Education which advocated for elimination of Black Studies as a course of study in colleges and universities; the author described black studies as "left-wing victimization clap-trap." 6,500 petition signatures later, the author was fired. But what were the real lessons of this episode?



Black Boston

A profile of Roxbury Presbyterian Church's Adopt-A-School program.


Jean McGuire: Activist for Equal Education and Quality Teachers- 1968

Black Boston | Education

Jean McGuire has always been in the vanguard of advocating quality education for Boston's children of color.  Dr. McGuire is currently the Executive Director of METCO (Metropolitan Council for Educational Opportunity)


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