Boston has long been saddled with a reputation of racism and intolerance. While in many respects, Boston has grown up and become a more inclusive city, a recent article in The Boston Globe reminds us that Beantown still has its niches of prejudice.
Some of those pockets of bigotry land, unfortunately, in some of the least likely places—nightclubs. Supposedly places for people to unwind, meet new people, and have a few drinks (it is Boston, after all) , clubs downtown don’t always live by the carefree image they promote.
Lawrence Harmon begins his article, “If you ask entertainment promoters in Boston to recommend a stress-free venue in the city where people of any ethnicity would be comfortable at the bar or on the dance floor, they respond with one voice: Cambridge.” We shouldn’t have to go across the Charles to experience true diversity.
Future Boston calls for a change starting with a public hearing. But let’s not do it in City Hall—let’s do it where the people of Boston really work, sleep, and play.
Nightclubbing should be fun—and there’s nothing fun about apartheid.
—Carly, Future Boston intern