Have you seen this photo?
This photo of an assault on a black man by a racist mob was taken in Boston in 1976 and won a Pulitzer prize for the Boston Herald, but is rarely seen today.
White Bostonians, enraged over efforts to desegregate Boston schools using a system of busing, were staging a protest in Government Center.
Some 200 white students from South Boston and Charlestown assembled for the march to City Hall Plaza. “We all wanted to belong to something big,” recalls one teenage protester, “and the feeling of being part of the anti-busing movement along with the rest of Southie had been the best feeling in the world.” Southie meant more than just the geographic place South Boston. It meant neighborhood and community and ethnic pride. Thinking of the long day ahead, some packed a snack. Some made signs that said “RESIST.” One student, before leaving his third-floor South Boston apartment, grabbed the family’s American flag.
From the start, the anti-busing movement identified itself with patriotism. The activists saw themselves as defending their liberty against the tyranny of a judge run amok. Boston’s celebration of Bicentennial events in 1975 and 1976 only reinforced the idea that they were carrying on in a tradition of American resistance: one anti-busing group had as its motto “Don’t tread on me.” At rallies and boycotts, protesters carried American flags and frequently sang “God Bless America.”
Ted Landsmark happened to be passing by that day. A lawyer for the Contractor’s Association, he was heading to City Hall for a meeting. The crowd, students and adults from Southie and Charlestown, spotted a black man in a three-piece suit and attacked him.
A scuffle began. The protesters spotted Landsmark and turned on him. One went to trip him up. Landsmark recalls a couple of them yelling, “Get the nigger.” A few of the anti-busing protesters at the front jumped him. He was being kicked and punched. “As an American flag carried by one of the students swirled above the fracas, a black man was set upon by several white youths,”The Boston Globereported.
The flag bearer circled around and began to swing the flag at Landsmark. Some officers of the police mobile operations patrol and some adults intervened, but too late. The incident lasted maybe 15 or 20 seconds. Landsmark’s glasses were shattered and his nose broken from the punches that he had received. He was left drifting, bloodied and dazed.
You might think of Boston as a liberal, progressive city. But talk to Black Bostonians, and they’ll tell you about people throwing rocks at them on their way to school, and having to duck their heads away from the school bus windows as they entered white neighborhoods.
Today Boston is debating a revamp of the busing system that attempted to desegregate Boston public schools. Thanks to White Flight, Boston schools are still as segregated as ever.
Nobody talks about the busing crisis much anymore - not publicly, anyway.
But take a good look at that photo. This is Boston. This is America.
This is why, when I chose to attend a college in Boston, my mom, who grew up there, was upset that I chose to move there. It certainly was a VERY segregated place.
Even my white friends from Boston hate Boston. They say it’s racist as fuck. I’ve been and it is. Ugh.
Which is hilarious because in “history” they basically laud this place as the birth of America and freedom and eagles and fireworks.
And of course you’ll get those folks who swear racism wasn’t a thing above the Mason-Dixon Line.
White Privilege is Ryan Lochte wearing his grillz and most people just thinking its an odd choice or even a funny quirky thing about him. If he were black he would be called ghetto, ratchet and a disgrace to the American US swim team.
White privilege is being able to do and wear things black people do and get applauded for your self expression while black people are being shamed for that same expression. (See Kreayshawn)
(TW: Racism, police brutality) If your a relative a of a police officer…
I’mma need you to shut the fuck up and not interject your opinions in order to derail from the reality that a young black kid was killed while being handcuffed.
Your opinions and your defense of law enforcement is not wanted. We have our personal experiences with law enforcement - and they ain’t fucking clouds and cotton candy.
More young men and women of color - especially young black men and women are being killed by police officers - who are meant to “serve and protect”, and these aren’t isolated incidents.
Just shut the fuck up and don’t say anything at all. If somehow the criticisms of law enforcement bothers you more than the death of a black youth, just move the fuck along.
IT’S THAT FUCKIN SIMPLE.
I’mma need you to calm your tits and understand that these people are only reacting to the claims of “HURR DURR ALL COPZ R BAD FUK DA POLECCE”
Which more than warrants them to express their opinion. Don’t tell people to shut the fuck up over a public medium, jackass.
WHAT THE EVER LOVING FUCK IS WRONG WITH YOU YOU PIECE OF SHIT! No one needs their god damned opinions when a black boy was cuffed and shot in the back of the fucking head. No one needs their opinions when this is not an isolated incident, when everyone fucking knows that these cops are gonna get away with this shit, with the fucking execution of a black boy, at the most with a slap on the fucking wrist. No one needs their god damned opinions about how ‘sometimes there are good cops’ when shit like this has happened before and will happen again, when black kids and adults will get fucking murdered by the cops, again, and everyone knows nothing will fucking happen to them, not really.
Their ‘opinions’ are not warranted, they are derailing, pieces of crap and no one needs them. How the ever loving fuck could you possibly seem like you care more about criticisms of police officers than ANOTHER DEAD BLACK CHILD! FOR FUCKS SAKE!
A black kid was executed by cops tonight. I’ve seen a story reblogged today about a cop sexually assaulting a 15 year old girl. When Darrius Simmons was shot on his lawn by a racist old man the cops arrested his brother on truancy tickets and let the old man go. Chicago cops shot a 15 year old autistic kid who had a kitchen knife. Cops shot an unarmed black teen in February because he ran from them after being caught with weed.
There is more than enough reasons to hate and fear the cops. Black parents teach their kids how to deal with cops for a reason.