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Old 07-22-2017, 11:40 PM
 
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Don't take the official data too seriously.
Cambridge is literally not in Boston, not even in the same county, but it is a part of Boston de facto. If you include the northern suburbs (Middlesex county) near the city proper, Boston is actually very white.

It's just weird that the "black districts" such as Dorchester, Roxbury are entirely in Boston municipal area, but the "white districts" such as Cambridge, Belmont, Arlington...are not.
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Old 07-23-2017, 02:14 AM
 
Location: Denver
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And in sports, the Red Sox was the LAST team in MLB to sign a black player, while Fenway fans were known for their nasty reactions to black players on visiting teams.
Even if the Red Sox thing is true, it's hard to consider Boston racist because of one sports team...the Boston Celtics were the first NBA team to ever draft a black player, and were the first team to ever have an all-black starting five. Even if the fans were hostile towards black players on visiting teams, I don't think that's limited to Boston. Heck, hometown hero Bill Russell was pretty famously treated poorly by many Boston fans in the 1950s-1960s...but he said he was treated the same exact way when he was playing college ball in the ultra-progressive city of San Francisco.

The fact of the matter is, racism exists in every part of the world. It's not a Boston problem, it's not an America problem...it's just a problem. I've been fortunate enough to live in many different places, and whether I'm in Massachusetts, South Carolina, Colorado, or São Paulo, I've seen a pretty similar amount of racism from the populace.

I think Boston gets the wrap that it does because it's a very white city when looking at the metro (~80%), even if its core is very diverse. You can point to things like the bussing riots of the 70s, but there were many large race riots throughout major US cities in the past 50-60 years. Heck, Los Angeles has had many of the worst race-related events in the US since the 1950s (Watts, Rodney King, OJ Simpson), yet has evaded being called "racist".

However, to address the OP's question, Boston does actually have a pretty significant black community, and arguably one of the most unique communities in the USA. Of course, African Americans are part of it, but the Black Caribbean & Latin population in Boston Area, and its role in the "Black Community" in Boston is far more significant than a lot of other cities in the United States. As a result, the black community in the US is far more international than most places in the USA, with a significant amount of the black population speaking a variety of languages like French (Haitian), Portuguese (Brazilian/Cape Verdean) or Spanish (Dominican/PR). It's presence is not as large or as significant as some of the "chocolate cities" like DC or Atlanta, but there is a good community in the Boston area, and it shouldn't be overlooked just because it's not like the others.
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Old 07-23-2017, 02:37 AM
 
Location: Denver
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Don't take the official data too seriously.
Cambridge is literally not in Boston, not even in the same county, but it is a part of Boston de facto. If you include the northern suburbs (Middlesex county) near the city proper, Boston is actually very white.

It's just weird that the "black districts" such as Dorchester, Roxbury are entirely in Boston municipal area, but the "white districts" such as Cambridge, Belmont, Arlington...are not.
How is that weird? Suburbs of all cities are famously white, and 2/3 of your "white districts" are outside of the urban core, so it would make sense that they're overwhelmingly white.

Furthermore, Cambridge is only 65% white, so while it's a majority white population, it's still well mixed.
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Old 07-23-2017, 02:59 AM
 
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How is that weird? Suburbs of all cities are famously white, and 2/3 of your "white districts" are outside of the urban core, so it would make sense that they're overwhelmingly white.

Furthermore, Cambridge is only 65% white, so while it's a majority white population, it's still well mixed.
Just check the map and you will see why he said that.

Arlington, Belmont etc are very close to downtown Boston and you only need to pay $2-3 to take a bus in between.

Roxbury and much of the black neighborhood is not accessible by subway (T),.

Further more, Cambridge is not too white because it is 15% Asian, more Asian than African. If we talk about "black population" here, it is the same as "being white".

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Old 07-23-2017, 07:40 AM
 
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Don't take the official data too seriously.
Cambridge is literally not in Boston, not even in the same county, but it is a part of Boston de facto. If you include the northern suburbs (Middlesex county) near the city proper, Boston is actually very white.

It's just weird that the "black districts" such as Dorchester, Roxbury are entirely in Boston municipal area, but the "white districts" such as Cambridge, Belmont, Arlington...are not.
The town of Randolph is 38% Black and Everett MA is 15% Black, Malden is also 15% black, most immediate Suburbs are 8-10% black which is what you would expect in a state with 8.8% African American population.
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Old 07-23-2017, 12:13 PM
 
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The town of Randolph is 38% Black and Everett MA is 15% Black, Malden is also 15% black, most immediate Suburbs are 8-10% black which is what you would expect in a state with 8.8% African American population.
Milton is about 15% black as well.

North Cambridge and western Medford have pretty high black percentages as well. So, it depends on which suburbs you look at.
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Old 07-23-2017, 04:15 PM
 
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In terms of residency, Boston seems to be segregated in many dimensions. There are black/Latino/Muslim/Asian districts, homosexual districts, white blue-collar districts, and even neighborhoods for police officers, professors, and so on.

However the downtown area is right in the middle and tourists will not feel it that way.
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Old 07-23-2017, 05:47 PM
 
Location: Clemson, SC by way of Tyler,TX
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Agree, if something like this was said about Black Girls, there would've been a lot more issues. As if a White girl can't love Boston without being racist. It's amazing how the Mods let these things go while shutting down entire threads because of silly arguing.
It's divisive, discriminatory and non-sensical.
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Old 07-23-2017, 05:54 PM
 
Location: Clemson, SC by way of Tyler,TX
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I guess the rumors were true after all: City Data truly is Storm-Front "lite."

All this racism just rolling off the tongue so easily from a lot of you (even those that are supposedly "progressive").
Looks like a lot of reverse racism as well. I'm assuming you saw the "white girl" post.
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Old 07-23-2017, 06:07 PM
 
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Looks like a lot of reverse racism as well. I'm assuming you saw the "white girl" post.
Exactly.. How does one sided racism get a pass yet the reverse is ok.
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