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“A lot more Sudbury than Roxbury”

David Scott on Boston’s lily-white sportswriting brigade.

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  1. Wes

    This point is well taken (again), but why is the situation such as it is?

  2. Anonymous

    why would anybody want it to be more roxbury than sudbury?

  3. Anonymous

    Ever been to Subdury? It’s pretty boring.

  4. mike_b1

    And because minorities make up the majority of the 3 most popular Boston area sports teams, and whitey don’t understand us.

  5. Anonymous

    Mike, I’m “whitey,” in terms of skin-pigmentation. Beyond that, I have no interest in race whatsoever. I like to think we’re all human and we are all capable of understanding each other.No doubt some, indeed many, white people don’t understand. And no doubt others understand, and just don’t care.But that doesn’t give you the right to generalize and call me “whitey.” I’m human. I do think I understand persecution and injustice and ignorance and needless suffering.Here’s what I would like to know – are people of color showing up and trying to get some of these gigs? If so, why aren’t they better represented on the pages of the two major dalies?I ask these questions dispassionately. If anyone knows of someone who should have had a shot but didn’t because of there skin, I sincerely want to know.

  6. mike_b1

    No way, whitey. Selling drugs is much more lucrative. And no unions!

  7. Anonymous

    Can someone explain to me how, exactly, that this matters? Are there a bunch of black athletes in Boston who are refusing to speak with white reporters? Are the latin ballplayers on the Red Sox only doing interviews in Spanish? What about the french-Canadien Bruins – will they join together this fall and only speak to fracophone reporters? Sacre bleu! I don’t see how this is anything more than a footnote. It’s not as if the Globe and the Herald haven’t been hiring minority reporters. What’s the big deal?

  8. mike_b1

    Only a honkey would ask such a thing. It’s like when a writer asked Louis Armstrong to explain jazz. If you have ask, he said, you wouldn’t understand.

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