Graying black men gathered at a McDonald’s in Roxbury, sipping coffee from paper cups as they hashed out the topics of the day: Celtics basketball, changing weather, and, this week, the candidates running for mayor.
“The only two respectable ones are [Charlotte Golar] Richie and [Councilor Charles C.] Yancey,” said 70-year-old George Washington.
A third name entered the conversation, that of John F. Barros. “Barros is good, too,” said Charles Jones, 70, who also supports Yancey.
The exchange underscores a split in the black community as Boston prepares to vote in the first open mayor’s race in a generation. With 12 candidates on Tuesday’s ballot, many of the city’s key voting blocs will be torn.
But in an increasingly diverse city, the division is especially acute in the black community, where for the first time in Boston history there will be more than one viable black candidate.
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