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Black community is not monolithic in its choice for mayor

Shirley Leung’s Aug. 28 Business column “A contender who’d write a new chapter” would have readers believe that the black community is monolithic and has determined whom it is supporting for mayor. This claim is rebutted, in part, by the fact that some of those cited in her column have donated to multiple candidates.

Further, Leung’s column runs the risk of giving the impression that there are only a few who speak for the community and represent its choices. This, too, is not the case, and the idea does a disservice to the thoughtfulness and care that all Bostonians are exercising in choosing our next mayor.

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For the first time in Boston’s history we have a number of highly qualified candidates of color from whom to choose. This should be celebrated, and communities should be encouraged to support the candidate who best represents their hopes and concerns.

We, a group of active citizens who include state Representative Carlos Henriquez, nonprofit executive Mariama White-Hammond, and broadcaster Michael Holley, support John Barros because we believe he can help create a Boston that is vibrant, inclusive, focused on innovation, and earnest about caring for all residents. Other accomplished people of color are choosing candidates that they most believe in.

We hope that the Globe will report our choice, and the choices that others are making, with the same vigor that Leung falsely declared consensus support for Charlotte Golar Richie.

Marilyn Anderson Chase


Wendell Knox


Marie St. Fleur


Chase is former assistant secretary for children, youth and families in the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services, Knox is former president and CEO of Abt Associates and former board chairman of Partnership Inc., and St. Fleur is a former state representative for the Fifth Suffolk District.

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