Friday, May 20, 2005

Mass. to Native Americans: Welcome to Boston 

The Massachusetts legislature has passed and sent on up to Gov. Romney a bill to strike down a 330-year-old law that bans Native Americans from entering Boston city limits, on penalty of imprisonment. Romney's office has indicated that he will be signing the bill into law. You think?

Even good old Mitt isn't stupid enough to protest removing such a blatantly offensive and discriminatory law from the books. I mean, it's one thing for him to revive a long-unenforced nearly century old law based on anti-miscegenation in order to use it against those nettlesome out of state gays, but he's not a racist, after all. He's got an apparent presidential bid coming up, and he knows what's acceptable. Overt racism, bad. Politely phrased gay bashing, good.

Of note, the legislature's actions on the law coincide with the announcement that Unity: Journalists of Color is considering not having their 2008 convention in Boston, and taking their 8,000 journalists and $4.5 million in potential revenue to another city because of the law.

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Posted by Beth Henderson at 11:10 AM