Mayor Warren’s community forum on Thursday at the Newton War Memorial to addresses issues of prejudice and discrimination was uncomfortable, troubling, sometimes inspiring, sometimes infuriating, not as well organized as it might have been, embarrassing, ugly and clearly necessary. But was it helpful?
Here’s how the Globe’s Ellen Ishkanian described the scene…
At points it devolved into a forum where Jewish activists heckled an African-American woman who spoke of her son being called a vulgar racist slur at school, where the superintendent of schools was booed and needed a police escort to his car, and where a woman held a sign reading: “It’s not prejudice, it’s anti-Semitism.”
If you were there, I hope you will weigh in. If you missed it you can watch it below. I will share some of my thoughts later as well.