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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

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