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Tweet Describing Racism in Boston Goes Viral, Starts Digital Movement

Tweet Describing Racism in Boston Goes Viral, Starts Digital Movement

Boston, MA - Using Twitter as a forum, a woman of color recently described an interaction that she had in Boston. She alleged that a white-male individual who had a Bernie Sanders sticker on his car called her the "N-word" after she accidentally bumped into him. This story went viral and resulted in an outpour of support in which many told similar stories of their own experiences.

This past Thursday, a Twitter user known as @hodayum, tweeted her recent confrontation regarding an allegedly racist individual in Boston. As of this afternoon, nearly 2,000 responses accompanied this Tweet.

WARNING: THE FOLLOWING TWEET CONTAINS GRAPHIC LANGUAGE DESCRIBING A VERY SERIOUS EXCHANGE. IT IS LIKELY TO CAUSE VISCERAL REACTIONS. THE LANGUAGE USED IS DIRECTLY FROM THE TWEET, USING TWITTER'S EMBED FUNCTION. IT DOES NOT REPRESENT VERBIAGE CONDONED OR ACCEPTED BY UP TO BOSTON.

Immediately after the tweet was posted, thousands of people started to chime in on the topic. As of yesterday, there were 138,000 likes, 23,000 retweets, and 1,700 responses. Dozens of other people felt compelled to share their stories about racism in Boston, too.

Twitter user @hodayum shared a number of the stories that were being sent to her inbox. One man described an alleged employment situation. For 2 years, he worked at a local Boston agency which was tasked with promoting a service which had Tiger Woods as a spokesperson, prior to his front-page break-up with his previous wife. After the Woods incident went public, his director would refer to an African American male as 'Tiger,' and many of the African American men that worked at this agency were written up for nonexistent offenses, according to the man's story. He claimed that the male African-American demographic also reduced at his company, under what he called "fishy circumstances."

In addition, many people of color were targeted by racial slurs when they were doing things like helping strangers, trying to flag down a cab driver, and some were even not allowed to live in certain areas of Boston.

These stories are largely unsubstantiated, as of now, but many online have called for an deeper look at racial biases and use of racial slurs in and around Boston, as a result.