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Business

Shirley Leung

To diversify Boston, we need more white men who can jump

When the invite arrived in thousands of e-mail boxes across the city this month, you couldn’t help but chuckle: a diversity event honoring “white men who can jump.”

My first reaction: Oh please, don’t white guys get enough attention in this town? They already run everything from City Hall to The Boston Globe. Show up at a business gathering, and if you’re a minority like me, you feel outnumbered 100 to one. But Colette Phillips, the black public relations maven organizing next week’s event, is trying to make a statement here, and it’s an important one that gets lost when we talk about making Boston’s leadership ranks more diverse.

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