City of Boston Ignores Pleas of Black Activists at Downtown Tourist Icon

Aziza Robinson Goodnight and Asia Jackson stand protesting Boston Mayor Marty Walsh’s refusal to remove the name of a white supremacist from the iconic Faneuil Hall. (Photo Credit: The New Democracy Coalition Archives)

Given the symbolic shame that Faneuil Hall brings to the city there was an opportunity to do more. Boston Mayor Walsh’s administration should have cut ties with the New York leasing group in the interest of re-memorializing the publicly owned space.

Boston City Councillor Julia Mejia has filed legislation that calls for a hearing on creating business equity at Faneuil Hall, a building that activists have called a racist symbol. (Photo Credit: ABC News)

Kevin Peterson is founder of the New Democracy Coalition and Convener of the Fanueil Hall Race and Reconciliation Project. He is a social and cultural critic.

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