Boston Kicks-Off Racial Equity Initiative!
“Boston has a problem with racism.” ---Mayor Martin J. Walsh
It’s not often that an elected official will speak so bluntly about the state of their city, but that’s exactly what Mayor Walsh said at the request of an attendee to a room of over 700 Bostonians on Saturday, November 19th. For many of us, this idea is not new. Boston is a majority-people of color city, and many of us have conversations on a regular basis. However, this is the first citywide conversation of this scale with the full leadership and support from the Mayor. It is important that we begin to have these conversations together in an effort to build a shared understanding of the history that brought us here, the way racism works, and how we work towards racial equity. The event, Boston Talks About Racism, was the kick-off event to frame racism and announce an ongoing series of conversations that we will partner with communities and organizations across the city in 2017.
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