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Old 05-03-2017, 09:41 AM
 
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I stand corrected. Anecdotally, the area seems to be more diverse compared to when I was growing up.
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Old 05-03-2017, 09:42 AM
 
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I used to visit Boston and the Cape almost every summer growing up for family vacations. To this day it remains one of my favorite cities and New England in general is probably my favorite region in the US to visit. I would say the reason there is probably a perception of racism in Boston is primarily the bussing issue back in the 70s. To a lesser extent I think there is also a perception that the Boston area isn't as racially diverse (which may or may not be true, I didn't look up the numbers)as other northern cities, such as NY, Philadelphia, Baltimore, DC, Detroit, Chicago, etc. that in turn probably leads to the perception that it isn't as welcoming. I don't personally think that's the case, but if we're talking national perception that could be part of it

Anecdotally, as much as I do enjoy Boston and the people of Boston, I do remember hearing racial comments at Fenway Park, so the Adam Jones thing didn't surprise me. Granted my experience was Red Sox-Yankees in the Summer of 2004 so maybe that alone was the issue, since I never witnessed any such problems at Fenway in any other maybe 10 or so games I've attended. Regardless, that was a first for me at a pro sports venue. I especially felt bad for anyone who had their kids there
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Old 05-03-2017, 10:03 AM
 
Location: Boston, MA
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Robert Kraft supporting Trump
Number one for inequality
No black movies set in Boston or New England in general

The list goes on and on... but don't worry black ppl are liars and are making up crazy stories.
I read your post with great interest because you have definitely highlighted the pervasive racism/economic disadvantages for blacks and latinos in the Greater Boston area. I would add that the economic/real estate segregation has been more hurtful on a day to day basis then the events that pop up from time to time. Please note that I am not condoning racism either, just focusing on the issues faced by people of color on a daily basis Ė jobs, commutes, and houses/condos Ė this is where Boston fails the most. The bread and butter issues.

However in the spirt of accuracy, I do want to challenge a few items that you listed here:

Robert Kraft supporting Donald Trump: Not sure how this is racist? Mike Tyson, Omorosa also supported DT. I am not fan of the President or Kraft for that matter, however donít see the connection here.

Number one for inequality: Do you have any data to back this up? I always thought of place like San Francisco being worse for inequality (economic and Real Estate). This is something that is near and dear to my heart so if you can share any reports/information that would be great.

No black movies set in Boston or New England in general: Blue Hill Ave was set in Boston. Itís a great move, definitely check it out if you havenít. Also, Amistad was set in New England.
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Old 05-03-2017, 10:13 AM
 
Location: Boston
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I stand corrected. Anecdotally, the area seems to be more diverse compared to when I was growing up.
It is much more diverse it's just the diversity is remarkably concentrated into a few towns/citie that have sort of been designated as okay for minorities.

E.g. Malden Randolph Revere Lynn Everett Stoughton Milton Brockton Chelsea Salem Quincy..
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Old 05-03-2017, 10:16 AM
 
Location: Boston
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I read your post with great interest because you have definitely highlighted the pervasive racism/economic disadvantages for blacks and latinos in the Greater Boston area. I would add that the economic/real estate segregation has been more hurtful on a day to day basis then the events that pop up from time to time. Please note that I am not condoning racism either, just focusing on the issues faced by people of color on a daily basis Ė jobs, commutes, and houses/condos Ė this is where Boston fails the most. The bread and butter issues.

However in the spirt of accuracy, I do want to challenge a few items that you listed here:

Robert Kraft supporting Donald Trump: Not sure how this is racist? Mike Tyson, Omorosa also supported DT. I am not fan of the President or Kraft for that matter, however donít see the connection here.

Number one for inequality: Do you have any data to back this up? I always thought of place like San Francisco being worse for inequality (economic and Real Estate). This is something that is near and dear to my heart so if you can share any reports/information that would be great.

No black movies set in Boston or New England in general: Blue Hill Ave was set in Boston. Itís a great move, definitely check it out if you havenít. Also, Amistad was set in New England.
Blue Hill Ave (Ididnt think anyone here would know that, also it was shot in Vancouver and without local landmarks so it fell short for me ), Squeeze and to a lesser extent there was a Tyler Perry movie set on Martha's Vineyard about 5 years ago. But that's it in like all time history..

Report: Boston Ranks No. 1 For City Income Inequality | WBUR News most Unequal city
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Old 05-03-2017, 10:17 AM
 
Location: Boston, MA
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I have yet to understand why ethnicities separating themselves into certain neighborhoods is "racist."
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Old 05-03-2017, 10:24 AM
 
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Lets remember Massachusetts had a blind black Governor!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deval_Patrick
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Old 05-03-2017, 10:25 AM
 
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I have yet to understand why ethnicities separating themselves into certain neighborhoods is "racist."
If it's voluntary segregation, it's not.
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Old 05-03-2017, 01:21 PM
 
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What?!! Are you serious?!! I never knew about this incident

Is The Walhburgers burger spot nice place to eat?!
Never been to Wahlburgers so I can't comment.

Mark Wahlberg recently tried to get a pardon for his conviction. From all accounts, he has turned his life around dramatically and is an every day mass attendee. He was seeking the pardon as convicted felons often cannot get a liquor license in many municipalities and his record was preventing the ability of the restaurant chain to expand.
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Old 05-03-2017, 01:22 PM
 
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I would venture to guess that this reputation goes back to the bussing days. Boston made national headlines for this in the 70s and the reputation never went away.
In addition, Mass. is very racially and economically segregated. It is slowly improving, but the pace is much slower than other areas of the country. This segregation does nothing to help people understand others who are different from them and can insulate those individuals who foster ignorant beliefs.
Yep - remember this photo:

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