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“Free Speech” Rally

This weekend there are a bunch of white supremacist marches in a bunch of cities. I’m focusing on the one in Boston rn, but this might apply to other cities idk. This march is being played off as a “free speech” rally, but cmon it’s a white supremacist march. The rally is, I think, 12-5, starting at the Boston Common

I believe, as of currently, the Boston march does not have the permit to march, but that doesn’t mean they won’t get it. Call Marty Walsh, the mayor, (617-635-4500), call Charlie Baker (617-752-4005 or 888-870-7770 in state). Tell them that these fascists are not wanted in our city.

Also there is going to be a counter march starting at 10:00 in front of the Reggie Lewis Athletic Center, before marching to the Common.

The organizers say there will be some safety precautions but they can’t garuntee safety. But Marty Walsh has come out against the rally, saying the hate is not wanted and any violence will get you arrested immediately.

Please, if anyone has more numbers to add on, or anymore info, that would be helpful! We want to keep these white supremacists or if our city!

Edit: I can’t believe I forgot this, but it’s all schedualed for august 19th which is a Saturday.

Winning the Race Against Time

This week’s Spotlight series features excerpts from Angela Jimenez’s new book, titled Racing Age. Jimenez has spent the last nine years traveling across the United States and Europe, photographing 81-year-olds jumping hurdles, 87-year-olds throwing discuses, and 76-year-olds pole vaulting. “Because they defy visual stereotypes, these athletes surprise us,” she said. “They are not weak, or vulnerable, or just cute: they are fierce and competitive. It is inspiring and brave, but can also be scary to see an older person push the body to its limits.” View the entire essay here.

A senior long jumper competes in the 80-84-year-old age division at the 2007 World Masters Championships Stadia (track and field competition) at Riccione Stadium in Riccione, Italy on September 6, 2007. (Angela Jimenez)

Pengxue Su, 87, of China, the oldest decathlete (and the only competitor in the 85-89 age division) competes in the discus, the second event on the second day of the men’s combined events, or decathlon, on August 6, 2015 at the Balmont Duchère stadium in Lyon, France (Angela Jimenez)

Flo Meiler, 81, of Shelburne, Vermont, left, crosses the finish line of the 800 meters, the final (and painful) event of the second day, ahead of Christel Donley, right, 80, of Colorado Springs, Colorado, winning the 80-84 age division of the women’s combined events, or heptathlon, and setting a new (pending, awaiting ratification) W80 world record on August 5, 2015 at the Laurent Gérin stadium in Venissieux, France.  (Angela Jimenez)

Johnnye Valien, 82, of Los Angeles, California, is photographed competing in the 80-84 age bracket women’s shot put during the 2007 World Masters Championships Stadia (track and field competition) at Misano Adriatico Stadium in Misano Adriatico, Italy, on September 7, 2007.  (Angela Jimenez)

Masters track and field triple jumper Manuel GarcÌa Carbajo, 72, of Spain, stretches between jumps at the World Masters Athletics Championship at the Stade du Rhône in Lyon, France on August 9, 2015.  (Angela Jimenez)

W65 masters track and field heptathletes Ingeborg Zorzi, of Italy, left, and Terhi Kikkonen, of Finland congratulate each other at the 200-meter finish line, the end of the first day of the women’s combined events, or heptathlon, on August 4, 2015 at the Laurent Gérin stadium in Venissieux, France. (Angela Jimenez))

Manuel Gonzalez Muòoz, 95, of Veracruz, Mexico, is photographed after finishing second in the 95+ age bracket men’s 100 meter finals during the 2007 World Masters Championships Stadia (track and field competition) at Riccione Stadium in Riccione, Italy on September 7, 2007. (Angela Jimenez)

Masters track and field athletes run in the M85 55-meter dash at the USATF Masters Indoor Nationals at the Reggie Lewis Track & Athletic Center in Boston, Massachusetts on February 23, 2008. (Angela Jimenez)

Axel Magnusson, 86, of Sweden, is photographed while competing in the 85-89 age bracket men’s long jump during the 2007 World Masters Championships Stadia (track and field competition) at Riccione Stadium in Riccione, Italy on September 6, 2007. (Angela Jimenez)

From Cleveland to Boston and Twenty-Six Years

In answer to “Why can’t we just ignore racial differences already?”

I’ve been wondering "why can’t we just ignore racial differences already?“ seriously since 1985/6 when I was a senior in college and a black male friend of mine got dumped by his white girlfriend because her family couldn’t stand the idea that she was dating a black man, and she caved to them.  This was a guy with a good job, and more to the point, he was one of the nicest people you could ever hope to meet, who would make a great husband and a great father – and all this girl’s family could see was that he was black.  Unbelievable.  And this was in the Akron/Cleveland area, which was hardly a hotbed of racism. 

When I graduated from college, I decided to move to Boston, and this particular friend begged me not to, because it was known for being such a racist town.  I blithely said, "Then it needs more white people like me,” and went.  I ended up not spending much time with black people for about 14 years, so I wasn’t helping much with the issue during that time. 

A few years ago, I started working out at the Reggie Lewis Center – first for the indoor track, but then I started going to the aerobics classes it offers.  So now I go to these classes three times a week where I am often the only white person in the room … and sometimes I completely forget about that fact, but it’s always floating there and the awareness can pop up at the darnedest times – when someone mentions how very pink I turn from the exercise, for instance, or when one of the instructors sells tickets to the gala his black fraternity holds every year, and I realize that really, I am kind of Too White to go. 

On the bright side, because of spending so much time in rooms filled with black people, I realized recently that I do see people differently now.  I’m pretty sure I used to register “black” first, and then a person’s facial features – and now I register their facial features first, and then realize “oh, and he or she is black!"