Racism’s big impact on Boston in 1978
Recorded January 21, 2020 Archived January 21, 2020 08:44 minutes
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DescriptionWhat would happen to a kid who was surrounded by racist people? I, Dante Battista, age 15, interviewed my father, Richard Battista, age 55. This interview was taken in Los Angeles, California, on January 6th, 2020. This interview is about the Boston Busing Crisis. He was a student when students of color in Boston, were bused to mainly white schools. This means that black students were taken out of their neighborhood schools and placed into predominantly white schools. This occurred when the Massachusetts legislature's enactment of the 1965 Racial Imbalance Act, the act ordered the state's public schools to desegregate.
In my interview I asked questions about his point of view on the situation. The responses he made were very interesting and quite surprising. In my opinion the best minute of the interview starts at 5:40 seconds. In this interview you will hear the effects of racism on a middle schooler, and see what life was like back in Boston in the late 70’s.