Each week on The Scrum we talk about media and politics, and this week we're talking with a Boston couple who have their feet in both worlds.
is a Massachusetts State Senator and a rising star on the political scene. As the first woman and first Haitian-American to represent the First Suffolk District (South Boston, Dorchester, Mattapan), she's a political trailblazer.
Linda is married to Bill Forry, the managing editor and publisher of the newspapers of note in the neighborhoods Linda represents:, The Mattapan Reporter, the Boston Haitian Reporter, and the Boston Irish Reporter.
We wanted to interview Forrys because we were curious about their relationship as a Boston power couple. How do they deal with potential conflicts of interest? When they come home after a long day, what do they share with each other and what do they keep to themselves?
But as we spoke, the conversation drifted-- perhaps inevitably-- to the subject of race. As the parents of four biracial children and lifelong residents of Dorchester, the Forrys have a unique perspective on how race is lived in Boston. They also had some provocative thoughts about Mayor Marty Walsh's call for a new citywide "conversation" about race-- and about whether a Ferguson-style crisis could ever unfold here.
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