On a Sunday morning campus hall, a poster with a photo of President Obama superimposed over a photo of civil rights icon Rosa Parks announces, “Boston’s school choice to protect students of color from racism and white supremacy.” Other posters have pictures of two men and the words “words of hate live on in our memory.” The sign was unveiled in the state of Massachusetts, where a jury decided there was no discrimination against a white couple who argued they were duped into buying a $1.3 million property on black-owned property and a black man was found not guilty of shooting a black friend at a birthday party.
During questioning about a behavior problem, a 17-year-old black male student at St. John’s Preparatory School in Braintree, Mass., in September was asked to leave the varsity baseball team and sit with students who identified as minority. He then asked to speak to the school’s religion minister about a “safety situation” and was later moved to a white part of the campus. The student later asked the religion minister to meet with the pastor of nearby Holy Trinity Church for reconciliation.
At a forum Wednesday, the U.S. attorney’s office in Boston, Massachusetts issued a warning to schools, school administrators and their staffs who fear “discriminatory treatment, threats, violence, or mistreatment” at schools: “It is happening everywhere,” said Paul McNulty, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Boston division.
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