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  •  One thing abt Boston that militates (!?) against (6+ / 0-)

    "mob rule"--except for Roxbury and maybe Southie still --there really aren't the ethnic concentrations that allow for indiscriminate violence against a minority.

           I live about 50 ft. from Norfolk St. about half a mile across Cambridge from the "bomb house," which I have walked past occasionally and nearby frequently.  There just isn't any obvious enclave of one ethnicity around here.  In the other direction on Norfolk there's a small grocery whose outside sign says: "Latin, Caribean, South Asian foods." I wonder if there's another sign like that anywhere else in the U.S.  Across the street from me is a Tibettan rug company/store, so that when I log on, one of the connection options I get is the wonderful "Keeper of Rugs."

           I've lived many years in what the intolerant right calls the "Real America" and even run a community mental health center there.   I've known a lot of absolutely great people there (not surprisingly, often members of one of the peace churches or a church unusually liberal for the environment), but also a whole boatload of absolute wingnuts and violent yahoos--and I'm not talking about my center's clients.

           I also grew up in a pretty posh suburb, the kind that my brother has lived in ever since.  But as far as I'm concerened, the Reps can have their "Real America" -- it's me who's got the real thing.  But that's probably just my liberal perversity -- before this, my favorite place to live was the East Village in the late '60's.  But Cambridge today is better -- no cockroaches or (arrgh!) "waterbugs" so far.

    "If you don't read the newspapers, you're uninformed. If you do read the newspapers, you're misinformed." -- M. Twain

    by Oliver St John Gogarty on Sat Apr 20, 2013 at 10:29:34 AM PDT

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