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Roving Camera 1-23-19: Does Boston deserve its reputation as a “racist city?”

It does. I’ve been in Boston since the busing era. I feel like there’s still a lot of residue from that time. — Julia Mejia, Community Organizer, Dorchester
Boston has worked very hard to be a racist city. There still isn’t diversity in the places where important decisions are made. — Rodney Muhammad, Minister, Roxbury
As an African American from this city, I think we’ve made some strides forward. But we have a lot of work to do.— Tony Brewer, State Employee, Roxbury
Of course. For someone who’s lived through busing, the Stuart Case and stop-and-frisk, it’s definitely earned its reputation. I do think we’re making progress. But there’s still a huge economic gap between blacks and whites. — Ron Bell, Community Organizer, Milton
Yes, I do. There are a lot of efforts for equality happening on the individual level, but the infrastructure of our systems is racist. — Maria Dolorico, Psychotherapist, South End
The data doesn’t lie. The median net worth of blacks is $8. For a white family, it’s $247,500. From Back Bay to Roxbury, there’s a 22-year-difference in life expectancy. — Tito Jackson, CEO, Roxbury

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