You can now read 5 articles in a month for free on Read as much as you want anywhere and anytime for just 99¢.


Longer commute for blacks exposes false promise of ‘postracial’ America

The fact that “Black commuters face longer trips to work” (Page A1, Nov. 252) is not news. It is simply a fact of life, part of the daily drudgery in which the most pervasive racism and discrimination persists in our falsely characterized “postracial” America. I think that black people know that services will almost always be less for them than for white people, and I think that most whites simply ignore the quotidian reality. What would be front-page news is if something significant were done about this reality.

As soon as the rerouting of the Orange Line to the Southwest Corridor was announced decades ago, the black community that the line once served knew the promise of filling the void was a hollow one.

Scott Cooper

Newton Highlands

Loading comments...
Want each day's news headlines delivered fresh to your
inbox every morning? Just connect with us
in one of the following ways:
Please enter a valid email will never post anything without asking.
Privacy Policy
Subscriber Log In

You have reached the limit of 5 free articles in a month

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than 25¢ a week
Marketing image of
Marketing image of