Two Kinds of Racial Politics

Boston comes together, Miami splits apart

"Tonight Boston made history. We have proven that the hopes that unite us are greater than the fears that separate us."

—Boston Mayor-elect Flynn

"To Xavier Suarez I extend an olive branch but not the laurel of victory. That will never happen as long as he allows himself to be manipulated by the hate-mongers of this community."

—Miami Mayor Ferre

The tone of the victory speeches delivered in Boston and Miami last week aptly reflected the spirit of their mayoral elections. Both cities are marked by years of ethnic strife,...

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