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Kevin Cullen

On race and races

For all those whining about two white Irish Catholic guys advancing to the Boston mayoral final, it might be helpful to listen to Dr. King’s speech, the 50th anniversary of which was just commemorated, and what he had to say about not judging people by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

Defining Marty Walsh and John Connolly as Irish pols is like defining the great and recently departed Seamus Heaney as an Irish poet. It’s accurate, but misleadingly narrow.

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