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Opening a Dialogue on Race in Boston



    Mayor Marty Walsh is asking Boston to take part in a city-wide discussion on race. (Published Friday, Nov. 18, 2016)

    Boston Mayor Marty Walsh is hosting a city-wide dialogue Saturday on race in the city.

    People who live in Boston think it's a good idea.

    "I think it may be a good thing," said Percy Job.

    "We're all one people," said Dominique Haywood. "We need to unite."

    Haywood has spent her entire life living in the Boston area she's only faced racism once. She said someone used profanity referencing the color of her skin.

    "I just told him it's OK. We all bleed red," said Haywood.

    Job, originally from Trinidad, said he notices racial divide in the workplace. He was once the only black chef in a full staffed kitchen.

    "It's an uneasy environment because you'd not feel comfortable," said Job. "You see the bias in the employment situation."

    That's perhaps one of the many reasons why Walsh is holding the first of many discussions on race.

    "It's really about getting people to really talk about and understand racism and what it is, systemic racism and what that is," said Walsh.

    Boston City Councillor Ayanna Pressley, the first Woman of color elected to the council in 2009, said inclusion and cultural acceptance is something she'd like to see strengthened, especially in government.

    "Ultimately, government is strengthened by diversity of respective opinion and thought," said Pressley. "In order for our policies to be more robust and impactful, we need to be inclusive at decision making tables."

    Saturday's discussion is being held at the Cutler Majestic Theatre.

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