Buses filled with black teenagers roll up the hill toward South Boston High School. Waiting for them is an angry mob of white people. One holds a sign that says, “Whites have rights, too.” Several others hold signs featuring the N-word.
As the buses approach, the crowd bangs on the windows, chanting: “No more busing. No more busing. No more busing.”
It is a volatile scene, right until the director yells, “Cut!”
On Monday, the dark days of 1974 returned to the streets of South Boston, as the crew of “Black Mass,” the Whitey Bulger biopic, reenacted the volatile protests over the court-ordered desegregation of the Boston public schools.
For 40 years, South Boston has been defined by, and has attempted to move past, the busing riots, arguing that those who say the protests were simply about race are using an oversimplified explanation for a very complex social issue.
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