Boston Globe Is Doing A 7 Part Series On If Boston Is A Racist City, Meanwhile There Are Almost No Black People Working At The Globe
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The dumpster fire known as the Boston Globe is doing a story on something really, really, really original – racism in Boston:
In examining Boston's reputation as a racist city, @GlobeSpotlight examined the core of Boston’s identity. The findings were troubling. The reasons are complex. #BlackInBoston Coming 12/10. https://t.co/0D5NgsB7dO pic.twitter.com/nS3x1Enfs3
— The Boston Globe (@BostonGlobe) December 7, 2017
Ya know, because Adam Jones lied about someone calling him a racial slur, some Southie white trash threw rocks at buses with black kids on them in 1974, and the Red Sox were the last team to integrate. Never heard any of that stuff before. Groundbreaking.
I refuse to read it, not because I’m against reading opinions that differ from mine, but rather because there’s just no way in hell I’d ever pay a cent to get past the Globe pay wall. And no I’m deleting my cookies and losing passwords so I can read some predictable bullshit written by a bunch of underpaid white guilt ravaged loons with journalism degrees.
Spoiler alert – here’s the gist of it:
- Hand picked African-American people the Globe interviewed share unconfirmed anecdotes about what some racist noob said to them one time
- The neighborhoods are divided along racial lines
- Boston kids use the METCO program to leave racist inner city schools that don’t provide them with a quality education that mostly white schools get. In other words, black kids don’t wanna be around other black kids, so they go to Lincoln-Sudbury and Newton North. This is racist on the part of white people somehow
- Most elected officials are white, including the mayor who just defeated a black guy. But progressive US Senator Elizabeth Warren, who claims to believe that black lives matter, endorsed the white incumbent.
- Henry Louis Gates was arrested at his own house (not in Boston) after someone called the cops on him when his driver broke through a window and he told the responding officer that he fucked his mother
- A Medford charter school didn’t let black girls wear braids, even though Medford is not Boston
- ESPN social justice warriors all say Boston is a racist city, largely because they wanted All-Star free agent forward Gordon Hayward to sign here because he’s in the prime of his career and he used to play for Brad Stevens.
- Michael Che thinks Boston is a racist city because he claims someone looked at him funny in a bar
- A Globe reporter lied about a racial incident at Fenway Park that happened right in front of him the day after the Adam Jones incident, but yet no one got the racist’s name
- A guy followed a black guy around a store one time
- A woman suffered the indignity of a microaggression
Meanwhile this is the Boston Globe’s newsroom leadership staff:
You’ll notice that 11 out of 11 are white. Ya got that? The group investigating whether or not Boston is a racist city, represents a brand that doesn’t hire black people.
As usual it’s just a bunch of suburban white people, with a bad case of white guilt, desperately trying to prove that they’re one of the “good ones” by having a “conversation” about race that never seems to go anywhere.
And their lower level employees aren’t much different:
Boston isn’t a racist city, but the people who run the Boston Globe just might be.
This is just such a stupid and disingenuous conversation to have. There are racist people in Boston, just as there are any other America city. No data suggests that Boston has more racists per capita than any other city. Absent that data it’s impossible to have any sort of legitimate investigation into whether Boston is a “racist city.”
Instead their entire story will revolve around anecdotes, which prove absolutely nothing. Most will be unproven (like Adam Jones), others will be misconstrued (like Skip Gates), and readers will be told that they have to believe these stories, and if they don’t then they are racist. That’s just how it goes these days.
There isn’t a city in America whose neighborhoods aren’t segregated by race. That’s not to say that white people don’t live in Roxbury and black people don’t live in Charlestown. Of course they do. But people live where they can afford to live. And on average white people make more money than black people, which is why you see more white people in higher rent parts of town. This isn’t brain surgery, and it happens in every major American city. This is not a news story.
Here’s another thing – how come no one ever says that Los Angeles is the most racist city? They had Rodney King and actual race riots. Or Detroit? They’ve had a number of race riots. Or Philadelphia? A few black guys there have been shot by cops. Or Baltimore? Freddie Grey ring a bell? Or New York? Eric Garner was killed in New York. Or Dallas? A couple high school kids exchanged racist messages in September in Dallas.
See? We can find anecdotes too. It’s not hard. But ultimately it proves nothing. And it’s just lazy, lazy, lazy journalism. The worst part is that it’s a 7 part story. They’re investing all this time and resources into a tired cliche that will ironically only divide people along racial lines more than they are already, and the Globe will sit back, make money off clicks, and watch the world burn.