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Racial discrimination a threat to Boston’s economic prosperity

Melvin B. Miller
Racial discrimination a threat to Boston’s economic prosperity
“If we work together, all of us will prosper.”

A common consideration at the beginning of the year is the prospect for financial prosperity. Boston is experiencing a boom in commercial real estate development, but it is good to be aware of the quality of life issues that are significant to the highly educated, youthful workforce. They are known to corporate employers to prefer an ethnically diverse, metropolitan environment. According to the Boston Indicators Project, Boston has a very high racial diversity rating among the nation’s 50 largest cities.

Boston ranks as the 6th most diverse city. While the largest population is white, 23 percent is black, 20 percent is Latino, and 10 percent is Asian. There is also ethnic diversity in the white population, which is Irish, Italian and Eastern European.

Just having a satisfactory racial mix is not enough to solve the problem. Those in power can still impose racial discrimination on minority groups. Racial discrimination still exists in Boston, and it makes the city less attractive for some talented blacks and liberal whites who are considering locating here.

Boston residents cannot afford to lose talented workers because of someone’s bigotry. Innocent citizens should not have to bear the brunt of others’ illegal racial discrimination.

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