Boston’s diversity upends old politics

Source: Christian Science Monitor
by staff

“Since its founding in 1630, Boston has often been ‘a city upon a hill,’ as John Winthrop, the first governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, warned. ‘The eyes of all people are upon us,’ he said. Now, in a mayoral election this fall, Boston will again be eyed for an important demographic transition. After being led by white men for centuries, Boston will elect a mayor from an ethnic minority, most likely a woman. This year’s contest burst wide open earlier this year when Mayor Marty Walsh stepped down to become U.S. secretary of labor. He was succeeded by City Council President Kim Janey, a [b]lack woman. Now she’s running alongside three other women and a [b]lack man in a city teetering on becoming ‘majority minority’ racially. The wider choice has upended the usual Boston politics.” (09/02/21)