The preliminary runoff elections in Boston in the northeastern United States have reduced the field of Mayoral candidates to the color of two women, ensuring that the city’s next elected mayor will become a non-white person for the first time in about 200 years.
Two city councillors, Michelle Wu of Taiwanese descent and Annissa Essaibi George, who claimed to be Arab-Polish American, defeated three other candidates, including acting mayor Kim Janey. Wu and Essaibi George will face off in November.
Jenny is the first female and black city resident to hold the post of acting mayor. In March, after the U.S. Senate confirmed Mayor Marty Walsh, she was appointed Secretary of Labor.
All five finalists are people of color, which shows that the city’s demographic structure is changing rapidly. According to the latest US Census data, the white population of Boston only accounts for 44.6% of the total population. The data also shows that 19.1% of the city’s residents are black, 18.7% are Latino, and 11.2% are Asian.
No matter which woman wins the November election, she will rule this city with a history of ethnic conflict.
The violence broke out in the mid-1970s, when the city tried to racially integrate its public schools to comply with federal laws. At that time, a group of white adults and teenagers threw stones at the bus that took black students to the all-white school in South Boston.
Racial tensions in Boston escalated again in the late 1980s, when a white man Charles Stuart falsely accused a black man of killing his wife.
Some of the information in this report is provided by the Associated Press and Reuters.