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Perspective

A mayor of color

Why race matters in this fall’s election.

Little-known fact: Of the country’s 25 largest cities, only two in the North have never elected a mayor of color. Indianapolis is one. Boston is the other. Few who live here put Indianapolis in the same league as our city, except maybe in pro football.

Nineteen of the 25 biggest cities by population have had a chief executive who is African-American, Hispanic, or Asian. Those cities include Denver, Seattle, and Columbus, Ohio.

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