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Old 07-28-2013, 03:22 PM
 
Location: Johns Island
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No. If you're not white, wearing a Bird throwback jersey, and have 6 friends named 'Murph', there will be an incident.
Ok,I laughed out loud when I read this.

But seriously, there was a time not that long ago when black people could not be seen in Southie. Maybe it's changed, maybe it hasn't, that's what I'm asking. There are lots of recommendations for southie, I'm trying to understand if those recommendations make sense for everyone.

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Old 07-29-2013, 05:40 AM
 
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Ok,I laughed out loud when I read this.

But seriously, there was a time not that long ago when black people could not be seen in Southie. Maybe it's changed, maybe it hasn't, that's what I'm asking. There are lots of recommendations for southie, I'm trying to understand if those recommendations make sense for everyone.

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I don't think Southie is too bad. I'm mixed black/white. I work in Southie and normally do the Seaport area during the summer months.

I don't think it's the Southie of the 70s-80s and bussing and what not. But at the same time I can normally count on one hand the number of black people in any bar that I'm at there.

I myself wouldn't move to Southie as I think it has come along way from it's past, I still don't think it would be the place to live if you were Black, or Gay, or pretty much anything other than Irish.
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Old 07-29-2013, 06:47 AM
 
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I have several friends who bought their condos in some of those newly rehab warehouses in the Southie waterfront. They love where they are, and when I visit, they act as if they are living out in lily white burbs....leaving doors unlocked, stuff out on the front walk etc. I keep reminding them that Southie is still part of Boston, with gentrification incomplete and very recent. Of course they don't listen, and in their typical spoiled attitude, they assume the best of their neighbors. People just don't use their heads, and then they cry about it.

I would never equate Southie with JP, Beacon Hill or even the South End in terms of safety, even if it's just based on impression and not hard data. The whole place still looks and feel raw and edgy. I hope the family of the poor girl who was so brutally murdered find peace.
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Old 07-29-2013, 08:01 AM
 
Location: Massachusetts
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I don't think Southie is too bad. I'm mixed black/white. I work in Southie and normally do the Seaport area during the summer months.

I don't think it's the Southie of the 70s-80s and bussing and what not. But at the same time I can normally count on one hand the number of black people in any bar that I'm at there.

I myself wouldn't move to Southie as I think it has come along way from it's past, I still don't think it would be the place to live if you were Black, or Gay, or pretty much anything other than Irish.
Where should an Irish gay person live? That's quite a dilemma!
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Old 07-29-2013, 08:34 AM
 
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Where should an Irish gay person live? That's quite a dilemma!
South End!
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Old 07-29-2013, 09:47 AM
 
Location: a bar
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Ok,I laughed out loud when I read this.

But seriously, there was a time not that long ago when black people could not be seen in Southie. Maybe it's changed, maybe it hasn't, that's what I'm asking. There are lots of recommendations for southie, I'm trying to understand if those recommendations make sense for everyone.

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In 2013, the chances of a racially motivated incident are no more likely in Southie, than in any other neighborhood, in any other city.

I dated a black woman a few years ago, and we were out and about in Southie often. Everyone loved her. There are always blacks and latinos hanging out in my neighborhood bar. I always see black and latino families cooking out down Castle Island in the summer. To be honest, not sure anyone would give a black man or woman in Southie a second look.
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Old 07-29-2013, 10:13 PM
 
Location: south central
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There was a stabbing on Monday morning on E 7th that left a grandmother dead - honestly, not really sure what the deal was there. Seems like an isolated incident. I live over that way, closer to the Old Colony projects and have never felt unsafe. I've stumbled home from the bars at all hours of the night and never been harassed or bothered in the least. (I'm a 5'1" female.)

If you go looking for trouble, I'm sure it can be found anywhere, but I see mostly young professionals/students/families in Southie. Some of the Southie lifers can be real jerks, but I just try to be nice and go about my day. I think it sounds like a great location and you'll enjoy your time in Southie!
"Southie lifers" haha. Oh, nothing like chillin in Southie or Charlestown and watching the newer residents react to the "lifers", those primitive natives. How cute and authentic!
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Old 07-29-2013, 10:23 PM
 
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My husband is black and he is practically the mayor on our street, Southie is not the same as it was years ago, it is a melting pot. Sure there is still a large Irish Catholic population, but everyone is welcome. To say otherwise is ignorant
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Old 07-29-2013, 11:14 PM
 
Location: Dallas
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Castle Island is a little piece of paradise that people of every ethnicity enjoy every evening until winter. I think half of Chinatown can be found at the tot lot on any given evening.
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Old 07-30-2013, 06:40 AM
 
Location: Quincy, Mass. (near Boston)
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I met a black professional riding in my taxi last month who lives on the East Broadway side of Southie. Moved there because he bought a foreclosure or similar. I assume he likes it.

But, no, still not many blacks in most parts of Southie, in my opinion. Perhaps in some projects...there, they may be the majority currently?

I sometimes go to Stop & Shop or Foodie's Urban Market, and very few blacks, if any, are seen there.
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