On February 13th, I attended the Boston Globe’s community session talking about the 68 Blocks article they wrote in December about the Geneva/Olney/Bowdoin neighborhood. We sat with residents and others in the neighborhood to talk about the streets and the way the article was written.
Out of everything we was talking about, there was some things I liked and some things I disliked:
One thing I liked about the video they showed is that there were whole lot of people I knew on it and all the little kids having fun and getting along with each other just the way they are supposed to.
A thing I disliked about the video is that the Globe was only showing how much violence is happening here. The video showed what had happened years ago, how there was whole lot of shooting around which was really disturbing to me because I really didn’t know anything about that.
We can make a change in our community and it’s happening too, but I didn’t see much of that. There are a lot of things going on on this street. They could have chosen some other things instead of a grown up shooting a little kid. I mean, I understand that’s one of the biggest problem we have with our community but there are good things too.
I also felt sad because they showed so many negative sides of the Cape Verdean community. There are Cape Verdeans doing great things here too – and there are people of other races who are part of the problem. Being Cape Verdean myself, it makes me worry that what the Globe showed about my community might make people think differently about me.
In order to make a change in our community, people have to come together with a different conversation instead of only the violence and bad education because there’s whole lot of things going on in Bowdoin-Geneva that need to be changed. Homeless people need a place to stay and food to eat. Sick people need others to take care of them.
Instead of putting people down about their culture, I hope we can all talk about something that’s more positive and do something to make things better.