Originally posted by Torino on November 04, 2018 10:29
Boston is not a normal city. We are a blue city with a underlying conservatism and racism. Massachusetts consistently votes for Democratic candidates, in 2016 there were 1,995,196 people who voted for Hillary Clinton, and 1,090,893 who voted for Donald Trump. So it was an approximately 60%-30% respectively. This is actually quite surprising for me because I thought that Massachusetts was a very liberal state. I then went and did research on my own about how racist Boston is and I found an article on boston.com featuring a segment from the daily show about how racist Boston actually is. It turns out that it is 54% unwelcoming to black people, more unwelcoming than Charlotte, North Carolina, the city where the first major white nationalist rally was held. Bostonian's think that they aren’t racist and are a very liberal city, but in fact, we are not.
I want to tell you a story from my childhood when I was growing up as a white kid I didn’t have very many friends from my neighborhood because I grew up in a primarily black and Hispanic neighborhood. The reason that I didn’t have any friends was that I think that my parents are afraid of our neighbors, it's not like they are overtly racist or anything, but they did make an active decision of making my friends only JP or Westie kids. I was a member of the JP tot lot group which was primarily white kids, my first school was a primarily white private school where I struggled, and in third grade, I transferred to a much more diverse public school.
I remember one time I was playing in my backyard alone when I was probably 7 or 8 and still in that private school, a young black girl came from the neighbor's house into my backyard, she had lost her ball in my yard apparently. I was surprised since I had never seen this girl before, and yelled at her something like “Get off my property!” I remember telling my parents about this and the fact that they were angry, they made me apologize to this girl because I had yelled at her and because I was racist. However, I never remember learning about race from them and they never talked about this incident again.
I had an understanding of race at a very young age, as most children do which was shown by the studies done by Anderson Cooper, Paul Bloom, and Mahzarin Banji’s research. I never really understood why I spoke out at that girl, was it just fear and distrust or was there an underlying current of racism in that fear and in that distrust. It seems to me that pretty clearly the main reason racism is pervasive in this country is that parents, particularly white parents do not want to talk about racism as an issue. They say as is so commonly said in America “I am color blind,” or “I don’t see race,” or “Racism isn’t real”, or “Racism died when we elected our first black president,” even “My kids don’t see race.” All of these statements are very untrue, kids see race, racism is still a huge part of our society, and you should probably get your “color blindness” checked out.
I agree immensely with the point about Boston secretly being a conservative city. I think that impacts the biases of children very much. If they grew up around liberal ideas in their homes and schools, they most likely wouldn’t have these racial preferences. Their surroundings mold who they are until they are ready to form their own opinions and the fact that Boston has a lot of underlying racism that people are scared to talk about contributes to the ideas of kids in this city. Boston is also very segregated, so kids only spend time with people who look like them and that’s also a problem