IT’S 2013 and Lawrence Harmon, in his Oct. 19 column, has the audacity to lecture Boston’s minority communities about what is in their own best interests (“The minority candidate,” Op-ed). He suggests that the strong, enthusiastic support of Marty Walsh for mayor by nearly every elected official of color demonstrates a preference for short-term gains ahead of their constituents’ long-term interests. Harmon is dismissive of the endorsements that Walsh has received from Felix Arroyo, John Barros, Charlotte Golar Richie, and other other minority community leaders.
While other Globe columns and editorials have kept up a drumbeat of criticism against Walsh, Harmon’s piece takes on an added dimension. It is offensive and condescending to Boston’s communities of color.