Re: RARA-AVIS: Spenssssser...

From: Graham Powell (
Date: 16 Nov 2001

>From: Kevin Burton Smith <>

>And there's the fact that Parker is from Boston, and race is a
>different game there, I think. Granted, I haven't travelled all over
>the States, but one of the recurring memories I have of Boston is the
>surprising number of inter-racial couples I saw in the
>Cambridge/Boston axis...

If I recall correctly, Boston was the scene of one of the biggest "busing" battles back in the 70s (I think Lehane mentions this in one of his books). For those not familiar with the term, busing refers to evening up the racial balance in schools by taking black students and sending them outside their district to predominantly white schools (and, I think, vice versa). Not really a good solution but I'm not qualified to judge how well it works.

Not to go off on a rant, but desegregation hasn't worked that well here in Shreveport, Louisiana. The predominantly white schools are some of the best in the state, but the predominantly black schools pretty much suck.

----------- An Interview With Robert J. Randisi

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