MEDFORD — The issue of race has been a much discussed topic as of late. It has been parsed in the halls of the Supreme Court. It has been discussed at the Lincoln Memorial and in the aftermath of a Central Florida jury’s decision. And it is the subtext in the campaign for Boston mayor, with forums dedicated to the diversity needs of the community and forums dedicated to the diverse field itself.
Yet there are political and social observers who say that few substantive conversations about race and ethnicity have risen above the chatter, with exchanges about diverse communities often stumbling into stereotypes, hyperbole, or simply brushed aside. But last week, a multiracial, multigenerational crowd of about 300 packed a Tufts University auditorium to discuss — and, at times, debate —issues of race and democracy.