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ERIC Number: ED508363
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Apr-25
Pages: 60
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 60
"We Don't Feel Welcome Here": African Americans and Hispanics in Metro Boston
Louie, Josephine
Civil Rights Project at Harvard University
Racial discrimination is an ongoing reality in the lives of African Americans and Hispanics in Metro Boston. Although the region has experienced significant growth in racial and ethnic diversity over the past several decades, racial minority groups continue to struggle for full acceptance and equal opportunity. African Americans and Hispanics report persistent discrimination in the workplace, in seeking housing, and in their day-to-day encounters with other metro area residents. Large shares of African Americans and Hispanics say they feel unwelcome in marketplaces and residential communities throughout the region. Substantial shares believe that racial discrimination in Metro Boston is a serious problem. These sentiments arise within a region whose majority population may believe that racial discrimination is no longer a serious issue. In the mid-1970s, the city of Boston erupted in racial violence over the desegregation of its public schools. Since those turbulent times, thousands of racial and ethnic minorities have settled in the city and region. Growing diversity and the passage of time may have led to a sense among some area residents that the city of Boston's racial divisiveness is a relic of the past, and that the area's wells of racial intolerance have subsided. Although racial strife is nowhere near the levels of the 1970s, racial intolerance and racial inequality have not fully subsided. Instead, they have taken new forms and have moved across the region. As greater numbers of racial minorities have come to reside in the region's central and satellite cities, Whites have continued their decades-long migration to the farthest reaches of the outer suburbs. Metro Boston today is thus a deeply segregated region, and such segregation has had the effect of isolating many racial minorities in neighborhoods of concentrated poverty and severe social and economic distress. Within this context of significant racial inequality, perceptions of racial discrimination among the region's most disadvantaged groups--African Americans and Hispanics--remain very high. This finding emerges from a poll of over 400 African American and Hispanic adults in Metro Boston. (Contains 14 figures, 1 table and 125 footnotes.) [This research was supported by the Foley Hoag Foundation, the Hyams Foundation, and John Hancock Financial Services.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Boston Foundation
Authoring Institution: Civil Rights Project at Harvard University
Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts