Almost a year until the day a banner about anti-racism by fans of Fenway Park about the Green Monster was developed, the subject Boston's racist reputation gets national attention. And (again) it is done with more than a little bit of comedy.
In a segment broadcast on Wednesday night, "The Daily Show with Trevor Noah" correspondent Roy Wood Jr. to Fenway Park and The Boston Globe offices to ask the question: "How racist is Boston?"
The play, which was filmed in June, began with the re-viewing of the history of racism by the Red Sox, the desegregation of schools in the 1970s and even the reports from fans of Fenway Park last year with racist comments. Wood asked Globe& # 39; S Spotlight Team about his recent series on racism in Boston and how much Boston earned the reputation.
Globe reporter Akilah Johnson explained that racism is more than just attitudes, where the incredible inequality between the median of white and black families is mentioned. A 2015 report found that the average net worth of households was $ 247,500 for whites – and only $ 8 for blacks. Around the. To paraphrase GlobeNo, that is not a typo.
"That's not even a grande soy latte," Wood exclaimed, taking a sip from a (venti-sized) Starbucks cup.
Wood then remarked that the figure of $ 8 was not enough for a Subway foot-long sub or a box of a dozen Dunkin & Donuts donuts, both of whom started to eat during the interview.
"I'm sorry, I eat when I'm sad – about social inequality," he said.
Wood continued to document a number of metrics that illustrate the inequality of institutional races in Boston, from schools to corporate boardrooms to hospitals. He traveled to the streets outside Fenway Park to ask some (white) fans if they felt the weight of that structural racism. But one after the other they said no. One woman even agreed with the joking suggestion of Wood that the reputation was created by other cities that were jealous of Boston's success in professional sports.
"Yes, they love to hate us," she said.
"I do not feel that it is racist," said another white fan. "I have never come across it."
Wood realized that he might not ask the right people.
"If you want to know if Jurassic Park is safe, do not ask the dinosaurs," he said.
Tanisha Sullivan, the president of Boston NAACP, explained that "it is difficult for people who do not experience it daily to realize that it is there." In interviews with black residents who said the Spotlight series about racism confirmed what they had already felt, Wood concluded that it would be difficult for people to "solve a problem you can not see". He watched sport as a unit and returned to the street outside Fenway in the costume of a newly made mascot, "Wokey the Walrus," to gather fans about an increased awareness of racial injustice.
"Who has the best baseball?" He asked in a call-and-response to a group of (white, white) fans.
"Boston!" They responded.
"Who has the best football?"
"Who is number one in creating a system where structurally black people do not always get the same opportunities?"
The latter question was answered with a number of blind glances, although one woman enthusiastically rejoiced: "Boston!"
"See Boston, it feels good to be honest," said Wood. "Fighting structural racism will be exhausting, but if white people are willing to do their legwork, we'll get there."
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