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City of Boston responds to Patriot Front march and alleged assault

by Ezekiel J. Walker
City of Boston responds to Patriot Front march and alleged assault
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Per ABC News, Boston officials are responding to the growing threat of white supremacists, just days after Patriot Front members marched through the city and reportedly assaulted a Black man.

“We know these threats are continuing to escalate across the country, and that Boston must be the leading light in how we are acting in a coordinated way and tackling and supporting our community members,” said Mayor Michelle Wu Tuesday. She joined local and state police departments, the FBI and the attorney general’s office to discuss impending actions of known extremist groups.

The Anti-Defamation League, which tracks hate groups nationwide, has labeled Patriot Front as a white supremacist group spreading racism, antisemitism, and other forms of hate online. The ADL states the group is focused on “preserving America’s identity as a European-American one.”

Boston. Of course.

“We’re not surprised. Boston has had a long legacy of racism,” said local Reverend Kevin Peterson. “In fact, the city was founded on racism. Slaves were imported here. And that legacy continues into 2022.”

The group marched in Boston on Saturday with concealed faces and flags, wearing shirts that read “Reclaim America.”

Police say a Black man reported that he was assaulted during the march, after the man said he was trying to record the group on his cellphone. In the police report by Boston Police Department, the man said Patriot Front members with shields began to surround and shove him after he started to record.

When he tried to shove back in order to free himself, he was knocked to the ground, kicked and beaten, the police report said.

The man suffered lacerations to his head, arms and hands, and was treated at a nearby hospital, according to the report. No arrests have been made.

Black community leaders in Boston marked the Fourth of July by denouncing racism and showing support for a man who says he was assaulted by Patriot Front members.

Officials said they plan to question officers’ actions during the march, asking themselves “if this was a Black Lives Matter protest, would the response have been different than this white supremacist group?”

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