• Sara Rimer

    Senior Contributing Editor

    Sara Rimer

    Sara Rimer A journalist for more than three decades, Sara Rimer worked at the Miami Herald, Washington Post and, for 26 years, the New York Times, where she was the New England bureau chief, and a national reporter covering education, aging, immigration, and other social justice issues. Her stories on the death penalty’s inequities were nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and cited in the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision outlawing the execution of people with intellectual disabilities. Her journalism honors include Columbia University’s Meyer Berger award for in-depth human interest reporting. She holds a BA degree in American Studies from the University of Michigan. Profile

    She can be reached at srimer@bu.edu.

Comments & Discussion

Boston University moderates comments to facilitate an informed, substantive, civil conversation. Abusive, profane, self-promotional, misleading, incoherent or off-topic comments will be rejected. Moderators are staffed during regular business hours (EST) and can only accept comments written in English. Statistics or facts must include a citation or a link to the citation.

There are 10 comments on BU Center for Antiracist Research Teams with the Boston Globe to Launch The Emancipator

  1. This is a great initiative! Antiracist research needs to be backed up by antracist praxis. Too often research on social issues stays in the bubble of academia, helping individual career development rather than society as a whole. The creation of The Emancipator is a solid step in the right direction on fixing this problem.

  2. Racism and bigotry of any type is disgraceful. And there are undoubtedly policies in the U.S., such as the denial of school choice and employer minimum wage requirements, that have a disproportionate negative impact on minority communities. These certainly deserve reconsideration.

    But the dogmatically held notion that all disparities that exist among ethnic groups must necessarily be the result of racism is lazy thinking that has been debunked repeatedly by scholars like Thomas Sowell and the late Walter Williams. This incessant focus on so-called “systematic racism” will result in real damage by sowing division among Americans; by diverting attention away from sound policy changes (like those mentioned above) that could actually help minority communities; and by fostering a self-defeating victim-mentality among those who are purportedly the objects of concern.

    1. Gerald, if you’re not a part of the solution (and you don’t appear to be, by putting forth your reactionary tropes) then you’re part of the problem.

    2. 100% correct Gerald. Unfortunately it seems most people cannot accept any sort of nuanced view of these things (especially many university students). Initiatives like this are great unless they end up doing nothing tangible and end up being a giant PR campaign. For instance, where did all that money donated to BLM go? Did anyone think to follow up on that?

Post a comment.

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *