Monday, August 2, 2010

Boston Globe: Racial Divisions Burn Hot In City Firehouses

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(story reported in the Boston Globe by Danielle Ossher, Courtney Brooks, and Walter V. Robinson) 

37 years after a court decree forced minority hiring, many units and firehouses are starkly and increasingly segregated. Old rules and city inaction have put hard-won diversity gains in peril

They do the same job, serving the same Boston neighborhood. But the firefighters who man the two engine companies — less than a mile apart in Charlestown — are racial opposites: All but one of the 20 firefighters on Engine 50 are white, while all but one of the 19 firefighters on Engine 32 are black or Hispanic.

(click here to read the entire story in the Boston Globe)

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