It was a statement that made some recoil and others nod in recognition: Racism exists in Boston.
Mayoral candidates John R. Connolly and Martin J. Walsh said it during televised debates, not once, but twice. And it appeared to undercut what the outgoing mayor has proclaimed as his greatest achievement: the healing of Boston’s festering racial wounds.
For black, Latino, and Asian activists fighting to ensure that Boston’s disenfranchised communities have a seat at the table, racism and its structural and institutional vestiges are a very real fact of life.
“It’s the elephant in the room that none of us want to talk about,” said Michael Curry, president of the Boston chapter of the NAACP.
Most everyone agrees that the bitter, racially divided Boston of the past is no more.
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