Is Boston racist? That’s the simplest version of the question discussed Monday at the Kennedy School by Khalil Gibran Muhammad, a professor of history, race, and public policy, and a group of Boston Globe spotlight team journalists whose December series examining race in Boston was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in local reporting.But as the Globe team quickly noted, the report sought to reveal the complex reality behind that question — and the challenges that lie ahead.The series of seven articles, gathered under the heading “Boston. Racism. Image. Reality,” uncovered uncomfortable truths underlying nearly all aspects of life in the greater metropolitan area, and compared Boston both with other cities and with its own past.Boston is the whitest of the nation’s 10 largest metropolitan areas, the Globe reported. And while many Bostonians would like to think the city’s reputation is strictly a product of the ’70s busing era and its episodes of virulent racism, reality is more damning. The Seaport District, the city’s newest area of major development, has been built with more than $18 billion in public funds, yet it remains one of the whitest areas of the city, from its construction workers and contractors up through its business owners and new residents.The Globe team of editor Patricia Wen, columnist Adrian Walker, and reporter Todd Wallack were invited to HKS by an anti-racism student coalition not only to elaborate on these findings, but also to discuss the impetus behind the series and explore its repercussions. Spotlight members Akilah Johnson and Nicole Dungca joined the 90-minute conversation.,The series, Wen explained, was prompted by comments in the national media. Comedian Michael Che’s crack about the Super Bowl, in which he referred to Boston as the “most racist city in America,” was only the latest.“We weren’t sure if it was image or reality,” said Wen. “Is it just an image problem, with busing so calcified in people’s memory? Or are we not really different and we deserve the extremely bad reputation that we have? That’s what made us plunge into data.”The paper assembled a racially diverse team to tackle the subject.“This is not representative of the Globe,” Wen said. “But we felt it was important.” (The Globe’s newsroom is about 7 percent African-American, said Wallack.)The result: “tense, frank moments where we went back and forth with language and tone — what to leave in and what to cut out,” said Johnson. Even the headline was roundly debated. Although some top editors wanted “Is Boston Racist?,” the reporters doing the work successfully argued against the idea as superficial, with the potential to attract derision that would distract from their findings.Muhammad asked the journalists what surprised them in their findings.Walker, whose columns often address issues of race, noted gaps between “How we think of ourselves and the reality,” adding: “Everything was a bit worse than we thought it would be.” Wallack agreed. “The absence of people of color in so many communities was even more extreme than I realized.”,The scope of the findings stood out. “One of the powerful points of the series is that you are presented with so much data that you can’t say, ‘Oh, black people just don’t work hard enough to get into this university,’” said Johnson, adding that the series looked at 25 universities. “That represents systems that are actively keeping people out. Keeping people from engaging in a meaningful way.”The team discussed what this disparity means in terms of the city’s overall success. Hospitals have trouble luring talented doctors who aren’t white, for example, and law firms can’t recruit top African-American attorneys. “We’re leaving money on the table,” said Wallack.Despite the apparent lack of progress, the journalists noted, there has been change.“The percentage of black people in the city of Boston hasn’t changed much, but you have more people here who come from somewhere else, and a large percentage of people who are Latino or Asian,” said Wen. “I’ve been really impressed with how people seem eager and ready for a more candid discussion.”“It used to be when you wrote about race, people would go crazy,” said Walker. “Now only some people go crazy. That has been heartening.”The challenge, the team agreed, lies in how willing Bostonians are to make changes — including financial investments — to create a more diverse city. In a way, the city’s sense of itself as a bastion of education and liberal thought plays against real and lasting growth, cautioned Muhammad, citing “the arrogance of liberals who always think they’re on the right side of history.”“Liberal racism,” agreed Wen. “That is at the core of the Boston problem.”
Key Benefits A design for growth and consolidation – EMC’s enterprise and cloud customers can deploy the MDS-9718 to grow, consolidate, converge and simplify operations. The high performing, multi-protocol MDS-9718 supports Fibre Channel and 40 GigE Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) today.Investment protection –The MDS-9718 was designed as a platform for the “next decade” as it addresses the rigorous requirements of today and tomorrow’s large virtualized data centers for cloud or flash environments. In addition, the MDS-9718 has been built so customers will be able to flexibly move to line rate 32Gb Fibre Channel in the future, in the same MDS-9718 chassis installed today.Programmable director – The new NXAPI provides programmatic access to MDS over HTTP(s). This allows users to control the director using a web browser thus enabling simplified provisioning and script-based manageability. NXAPI can be leveraged to automate network functions and troubleshooting.Ease of management – The MDS-9718 is managed by the Data Center Network Manager (DCNM). DCNM, a unified management tool, manages Storage Area Networks (SAN) and Local Area Networks (LAN) providing management across the NX-OS family of devices. The new MDS-9718 also supports Power On Auto Provisioning (POAP) to automate software image upgrades and configuration. For additional reliability, POAP also provides intelligent diagnostics, network analysis tools and protocol decoding.Since 2003, EMC has been reselling and servicing Cisco MDS Fibre Channel products under the EMC Connectrix brand in the world’s most mission critical storage networking environments. The release of the Connectrix MDS 9718 demonstrates EMC’s commitment to providing our mutual customers an enhanced storage networking portfolio to grow, consolidate, converge and simplify operations with the industry’s highest port density SAN director. Through its Connectrix brand, EMC delivers connectivity for the modern data center that enables a broad range of customer storage applications, from application environments like Oracle, SAP and Microsoft to backup, archiving, and disaster protection over distance. As customers move to all flash storage systems, it’s important to ensure that the storage network is updated to keep pace. Today we’re announcing the general availability of the new Connectrix MDS-9718, designed for the hyper consolidation requirements of the modern data center, which supports sixteen switching modules and 768 line rate 16Gb/s Fibre Channel ports. As the industry’s highest port density, “devops friendly” programmable director, it delivers both value and performance.
As I travel around the region, it is incredibly valuable to meet with CEOs and CIOs where they live and do business, and hear directly from them what keeps them up at night. Whether in London or Bucharest, all share concerns about ‘the future’ and the role emerging technologies will play in transforming their business for the better – without throwing out what is working today with the bath water. Another common discussion point for both groups is the changing role of the CIO – how they are now seen as not only the person who is keeping the technology running, but as a key player in deciphering emerging technologies and identifying which innovation projects will help propel them forward – so they can disrupt before being disrupted.The impact of emerging technologies on the way we run our businesses and the evolving relationship between humans and machines is something Dell Technologies has been exploring over the past year, with our latest ‘Realizing 2030’ global research project with Vanson Bourne surveying 3,800 business leaders forecasting the next era of human-machine partnerships and how they intend to prepare. The results were pretty unanimous with leaders agreeing we’re on the cusp of immense change, with 82% of those surveyed expecting humans and machines to work as integrated teams within their organization inside of 5 years. However, they’re divided over what this shift will mean for them, their business and even the world at large. To share just a few of these divided opinions:50% of business leaders think automated systems will free-up their time – meaning the other half don’t not share this belief42% believe they’ll have more job satisfaction in the future by offloading the tasks they don’t want to do to machines58% don’t share this prediction. If they don’t change their opinion, they will keep doing tasks that could easily be automated and will continue to lack time for higher order pursuits that focus on creativity, education and strategyCharting a course for the future given the rapidly changing environment is hard enough as it is. If business leaders have to deal with the polarizing viewpoints described above, then confidently making the right decisions to transform their business is going to be even more challenging. Fortunately, this is where the CIO can really come into his or her own. The ‘Realizing 2030’ research also revealed that business leaders do agree on the need to change and that emerging technologies like AI, AR and VR can be leveraged to speed up digital transformation.So how can the CIO take these insights and demonstrate their strategic role in mapping out the direction the organisation needs to take?Lead with the technology. No one in the organisation knows as much about technology as the CIO. It is through innovative use of technology, namely software, that start-ups are disrupting established companies. A technologist to the bone, the CIO not only knows which technologies can be used to attack the company’s position, but can also play a leadership role in identifying how the company can use technology to pre-empt disruption or move the goalposts to their advantage. However, as I discussed in my previous blog on the seven habits of the effective hybrid CIO, the future forward CIO needs to have more than technology know how, but a deep understanding of the strategic business and financial goals of the company to turn that technology insight into a roadmap to the future that the board will buy into.Follow the data. If there is one thing leadership teams understand, it’s numbers and the CIO is the master of all data. It’s key to understanding customer behavior, to analyzing operational efficiency and improving customer service. The CIO can use this data to look backwards and forward, combining the advanced analytics of historical data with real-time data collection to tell a company where to go next. This also positions the CIO to be the best choice to set the metrics and KPIs which will better direct digital business transformation.Be human. There is a tendency when talking technology to be totally binary or metrics focused, but a key success factor in any organisation’s transformation is their people. So the CIO needs to balance driving change at the right speed, without going too fast and losing valuable resources along the way. The CIO needs to set the tone and clearly explain why change is necessary and what it will mean to the organisation – in fact, our research found the number one top tip to accelerate digital transformation from business leaders was to secure employee buy-in on a company’s digital transformation vision and values. Together with the CEO, the CIO will convince people of the vision for the future, showing the immense possibilities on the horizonThis is a great moment for CIOs to shine, both in translating emerging technologies into reality, and showing the strategic value that they can create. The role of the CIO is multifaceted and needs to look at every challenge and opportunity through different lenses. Every new technology begs a thorough investigation, both from a technological point of view and a business one. Does this emerging technology have staying power or is it just a passing fad? Can it be easily integrated into the overall architecture of the organisation? Will it drive forward our IT, security and workforce transformation? Can it help to differentiate our service offering in order to catapult the company to become a contender in the next era? These are the questions that need to be answered to make the right technology decisions for all organisations as they navigate this new era of emerging technologies, and the CIO is uniquely positioned to separate the hype along the way to hyper-growth.
…and lived to talk about itWe make no secret about the customer-focused design behind our PowerEdge servers. It’s a pretty simple approach; tell us what you need, and we’ll build it. Need servers with enough processing prowess to power deep learning? We’ve got you covered. Looking to stock your astrophysics lab with enough compute power to study black holes and unlock the secrets of the universe? Meet the R740.So when given the opportunity to talk shop and swap ideas with some of the biggest influencers in the industry, we couldn’t pass it up. Last week we had the pleasure to host a group of 12 bloggers, analysts, authors, and IT experts as part of Tech Field Day 16. We got to share our innovations in server automation and absorb some invaluable feedback on where the industry’s headed, how demands are evolving, and where our solutions have room to grow. Here’s where the conversation went, and what we learned along the way.Our day began with a look at our systems management portfolio from Kevin Noreen, our senior director of product management. He unpacked some of the challenges and frustrations that have crept into today’s IT infrastructure; the sluggishness of rolling out new services; the overwhelming complexity of the data center; and the disruptions and loss of revenue that results from frequent downtime. Kevin then went into how we’re focused on solving these issues by simplifying and automating the entire process with management tools that unite the PowerEdge portfolio.We then hit the ground running with in-depth demos of iDRAC9 and OpenManage mobile from Doug Iler and Manoj Malhotra. Our TFD guests were quick to live Tweet their thoughts on the updated web-based UI, remarking on its speed and simplicity – even joking that a tool this fast couldn’t possibly be iDRAC. When they got a hands-on look at OpenManage Mobile and its anytime/anywhere capabilities, some pointed out how great power (unfortunately) often comes with great responsibility.Our product manager for embedded management automation, Paul Rubin, then went deep into RESTful APIs, Redfish, and the unique challenges of customers he calls “the automators” – those migrating from vendor-specific consoles into the world of multi-vendor data centers who would benefit the most from automation. Paul covered how we’re working to pair the right tools with open, industry standards to bring simplicity to the most complex environments.Brian Doty, our sr. consultant on PowerEdge management was next up with an overview on our next-generation OpenManage Enterprise tool. An update on our popular OM Essentials, released in beta back in 2011, OM Enterprise provides full lifecycle management of Dell EMC servers, as well as monitoring of 3rd party storage, compute and networking. Like with our web-based iDRAC9, a lot of the social conversation focused on the improved interface and a bit of recognition for the empathy behind everything we do.Our final presentation from Ray Hebert sparked the day’s most engaging conversation, with our delegates sharing their views on where the industry is headed, and our experts giving their take on how we’re responding to the changing landscape. If you watch one video from Tech Field Day 16, make it this one.Overall, our influencers were open and honest with their feedback on what we’ve done right, and where we need to course correct. That shared knowledge and the willingness to listen and learn more is what made TFD16 such a monumental success.Share your questions, feedback, victories, and failures with us at @DellEMCservers and let’s keep this conversation going.
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel says it has opened its embassy in the United Arab Emirates. The move follows last year’s U.S.-brokered agreement to establish full diplomatic ties with the Gulf country. Israel’s Foreign Ministry said the embassy would be in a temporary office while a permanent location is prepared. Eitan Na’eh, a veteran Israeli diplomat, will serve as the head of mission. The UAE was the first of four Arab countries to establish or renew ties with Israel under a series of agreements brokered by the Trump administration.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate is moving forward with a power-sharing agreement in the evenly-split chamber after Republican leader Mitch McConnell backed off his demand that Senate Democrats preserve the procedural tool known as the filibuster. The stand-off between McConnell and new Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer had all but ground the Senate to a halt in the early days of the Democratic majority and threatened President Joe Biden’s agenda. Schumer refused to meet McConnell’s demands. But the debate over the filibuster is far from over. McConnell warned Tuesday of all the ways the Senate business could still be tied in knots if Democrats try to press on with plans to pursue changes to the filibuster.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration has paused or put under review a wide swath of Trump-era foreign policies as America’s new top diplomat takes the helm of the State Department. The administration is placing at least temporarily holds on several big-ticket arms sales to the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia. Meanwhile, new Secretary of State Antony Blinken says he is looking urgently at a terrorism designation against Yemen’s Houthi rebels that his predecessor enacted shortly before leaving office. On his first full day on the job Blinken also said the administration has initiated a comprehensive review of the U.S. relationship with Russia and is examining details of a U.S.-Taliban peace deal signed nearly a year ago.
BEIJING (AP) — Two surveys show China’s manufacturing growth weakened in January, suggesting its rebound from the coronavirus pandemic is leveling off. A purchasing managers’ index released by business magazine Caixin declined to 51.5 from December’s 53 on a 100-point scale on which numbers above 50 show activity expanding. A separate index by the national statistics agency and an official industry group, the China Federation of Logistics & Purchasing, retreated to 51.3 from the previous month’s 51.9. Chinese manufacturing benefited from the country’s relatively early reopening from a shutdown to fight the virus and demand for masks and other exports.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The influential anti-Donald Trump group Lincoln Project is denouncing one of its co-founders after multiple reports that over several years he sexually harassed young men looking to break into politics. The Lincoln Project in a statement on Sunday called co-founder John Weaver, 61, “a predator, a liar, and an abuser” following reports that he repeatedly sent unsolicited and sexually charged messages online to young men, often while suggesting he could help them get work in politics. The group throughout the 2020 election cycle produced some of the most eviscerating broadsides against Trump, questioning the president and his aides’ morality and leadership.
While there are several ways to learn about history, Saint Mary’s junior Eilis Wasserman said she uses historical fiction to share the culture of American history with a younger generation. Wasserman said she is going to start an American Girl Reading Program for elementary aged girls in grades three through five. “I am a huge fan of the American Girl Doll tradition that started 25 years ago,” she said. “I have grown up playing with the dolls and reading the books that goes with each one.” The program will meet once a month and explore the life and culture surrounding a different American Girl doll. Wasserman said the meeting would not look at the doll’s specific story as much as it would focus on the era she was living in. “We will discuss what it was like for that American Girl, by focusing not only on her story, but more so on the lifestyle and culture of that time period,” she said. Wasserman said she hopes the program will help bring an interest to American history and makes these girls more aware of their own culture. “[The goal is] to inspire young girls to become interested in their American history and also what makes them unique as American Girls of today,” she said. “I hope that many girls will attend and thoroughly enjoy the activities will be doing. If this program is successful this year, I aspire to continue it next year as a senior.” She said she was interested in starting the program because it brings together several of her interests. “I love American history because of our unique culture and opportunities that our country provides. I also enjoy volunteering with children and have a lot of educational background experience,” she said. “I think it is important to have girls get involved in learning about history in a fun and intriguing way. I thought of the idea over the summer and started planning possible ideas for the club.” The dolls will be chosen from a variety of time periods, Wasserman said. “It’s hard to choose what dolls to pick,” she said. “The girls get a wide scope of American time periods.” Wasserman said all meetings will be from 4 to 5 p.m. at the Francis Branch of the St. Joseph County Library on the third Tuesday of every month, with a meeting at Centre Branch on the third Thursday every month except for March. The group will meet during the second week because of spring break. The meetings will go through to May. Elementary students interested in joining can register online by going through Saint Mary’s calendar of events, or by calling Francis Branch Library at 282-4641 or Centre Branch Library at 251-3700.