Michael Che May Be Right About Boston

Last month, SNL “Weekend Update” co-anchor Michael Che told a Boston University crowd that The Hub is “the most racist city” he’s ever visited. Then he refused to apologize amid a flood of criticism.

It might have been dark comedy, but is Che right?

The Boston Globe highlighted a ProPublica project called “Documenting Hate,” that tracks “bias incidents and hate crimes across the country since the presidential election.” I don’t know why ProPublica decided that hate and bias only existed since Nov. 8, 2016, but that’s beside the point.

In fact, ProPublica is a left-wing blog. That’s the only reason they would track “hate crimes” from the day Trump was elected president. But this is about Boston, not Trump. Boston is a left-wing town.

Separately, a hot line set up by Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey’s office recorded more than 1,700 calls through the end of February. She established the hot line a week after the presidential election for people to call if they experienced or witnessed bias-motivated threats, harassment, or violence.

Roughly 275 reported incidents required follow-up with local authorities, including police and school officials, according to spokeswoman Emalie Gainey.

Some of the “unsettling” events included 14-year-old Zaki Aloui witnessing an “intolerant driver” flashing a card reading “Show Me Your Green Card.” Horror.

“She was just seeing a brown child cross the street,” [Aloui’s mother Pamela] Pleasants said. “Given the climate in this country, that somebody felt so emboldened driving through a school campus that celebrates diversity, and felt the liberty to hold up that sign to kids . . . I was profoundly angry and hurt.”

They reported the incident to the town police. Really? When I was a teenager in New Hampshire, a young driver gave my stepfather the finger from her car. He followed her to the local shopping center and when she pulled in, he gave her a tongue-lashing. We did not go to the police (who would have laughed).

In a separate incident in Boston’s South End, Jack Donahue, a 52-year-old actor who is gay, said two men in a truck unleashed a fusillade of profanities at him last month, punctuated by antigay slurs, after he honked at them for not moving when a traffic light turned green.

It marked the third time in the past six months people have targeted him with offensive homophobic remarks — words that can cut deep, he said.

“You turn into a 12-year-old really fast because you feel silly and hurt,” Donahue said.

I honestly feel for anyone–gay, straight, or transsexual–who has to endure bullying or denigrating remarks for who they are. But tell me, how would “two men in a truck” know who Donohue is or his sexual orientation? It seems like they cussed him out for honking–a Boston tradition as old as the automobile–and used some well-worn epithets that happened to be more offensive to a gay man.

Or was Donohue sporting enough car bling announcing his gayness to the world that nobody could possibly mistake him for anything else? The Globe didn’t say.

Carro Halpin has been asking herself similar questions. Halpin, who works in a small public relations agency in downtown Boston, recently dashed out to grab something for lunch and heard a man shouting at a parking enforcement officer. The man, who was white, had parked in a no-parking zone and returned to a ticket on his car. The officer, who was black, was walking away.

The irate driver screamed profanities, calling the officer a “terrorist” and expressing relief that Donald Trump was president, Halpin said.

Ah, there it is: the link to Trump. Like nobody had ever yelled at a police officer before he was elected. Like no president ever got involved in Boston-area police and race relations (remember Obama’s “beer summit?”).

“It’s scary that people who think this behavior is OK are coming out of the woodwork,” Halpin said. The incident happened just a couple weeks after a swastika was scratched onto a car in Halpin’s Brighton neighborhood.

Halpin, who is white and 25 years old, watched in amazement as the man with the ticket kept yelling. Other bystanders watched, too. None of them said or did anything.

“I wish I did something,” Halpin said.

“I was going to call the police, if it kept going,” she said. “I wanted to say something at the guy, but I didn’t want him to scream at me and beat me up.”

These are simply stories of scared little snowflakes projecting their fear onto others. Nobody threatened to beat anyone up, but the assumption is a Trump voter would do this, and presumably scratch a swastika into a car.

Yes, Boston is a hateful, racist place. If you’re a conservative I can’t even imagine the hate you’d experience. Smell the tolerance, friends.

And the next time a liberal accuses you of being a racist hater because you celebrated Neil Gorsuch’s confirmation to the Supreme Court, call the police and tell them you’re afraid they might beat you up. Let me know how that works out.

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