In eighth grade I wrote in an essay that racial issues had been “fixed” in our society. That’s what the school system had taught me: in the 1950’s blacks were discriminated against, but now everyone was equal. Even in Boston, one of the most “progressive” cities, that is still far from the truth.
Both the North and the South are still racist, but what bothers me more about the North is that it has always denied its racism. I see through Boston’s facade in the little things that people do every day. One of the more obvious examples is that the majority of doctors, lawyers and businessmen are white or Asian, and the majority of service people are still black or hispanic, and most of the homeless people in the city are black. Privileged Bostonians try to hide the problem with affirmative action programs, but what most refuse to acknowledge is that, despite all their years of education, they are still scared of black people.
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