Feb 11, 2013 Comments Off Pat Dollard
Excerpted from The Daily Caller: The black attorney appointed Friday to serve out the remainder of John Kerry’s U.S. Senate term once helped plan “takeovers” of Boston restaurants with his wife and other black professionals, to protest the “lack of color” in downtown hangouts.
“We get used to the fact that we’ll be the only black people in the restaurant,” William “Mo” Cowan, then head of the Massachusetts Black Lawyers’ Association, told The Guardian, a British newspaper, in 2003. “We want to come to something like this to see other people who look like us. Everybody has their own comfort zone.”
“White people in the U.S. have had the comfort zone all their lives,” he told the Guardian. “They don’t have to go looking for it. It’s always interesting to me to observe even the most positive, forward-thinking progressive member of the majority culture when they are surrounded by minorities.”
The Guardian’s Gary Younge described the scene as one that would not be tolerated if the races were switched.
“If friendly-takeovers are about integrating downtown Boston, they are also about asserting a black identity within it,” Younge wrote. “If white people organised groups on such racial lines they would be accused of racism.”