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  1. Rick Adams
    Posted December 25, 2010 at 6:29 pm | Permalink

    Born and raised in South Boston, left Southie High in 1970 and active in the fight against forced busing untill I moved out in 1978.

  2. Laurie Sheridan
    Posted December 15, 2011 at 3:07 pm | Permalink

    Hi, Padriac–

    I heard about the Boston busing project and film from Meghan Doran. I lived through some of the busing “crisis” with my two sons (who are now 40 and 43) when we lived in the South End. My kids were NOT bused, but the older one who had just finished first grade, was sent to a school in Back Bay by a teacher who manipulated the system so he would NOT be bused or have to be one of only a few white kids in his school (in first grade at the Hurley Elementary School, he was one of only two white kids in his school and while that was not great, I would not have moved him out). I did not know this had happened at the time, but looking back, it seemed like s strange thing to have let happen.

    The next year, we moved to Dorchester to a neighborhood where the local elementary school, which was new, had been built on the “line” between black and white neighborhoods. Both my sons then went to the Holland Elementary School, which was already “integrated” and were never bused to another school. However, the neighborhood was in chaos. There were street fights all the time, with gangs of white kids on corners with baseball bats and hockey sticks and other weapons “defending” their turf and their streets from black kids who might come in. It was a terrible time. I once threw a white kid off my porch ( my next door neighbor) for taunting a black kid who was visiting us and that left a big impression on my sons. When we bought a house nearby, the two houses across the street burned to the ground before we even moved in. It was an unforgettable time, full of violence, hatred, and open racism. But also, lots of parents trying to figure out how to make the school better and how to get the groups to “get along.” My older kids grew up amidst busing and it really shaped their views of race and of Boston, mostly for the better, but only because we talked about it at home and had a clear and progressive point of view about racism. We were there at the first attempt to integrate Carson Beach in South Boston, when the police charged the black crowd with their horses and beat people with sticks. I was there along with my two sons with the black group and folks were terrified–and some badly hurt. What a time! Today, I cannot believe what we lived through, or how brave black parents were. Or how crazy I actually was, forcing my kids to be part of it. But, they grew up to be decent white men, I’m proud and happy to say, and the busing era and our involvement in some of it helped to shape them.

    Anyway, I’d be glad to talk more with you if it might be useful. Just let me know. Probably you want interviews with people more directly involved in being bused to or from Southie, but there are other stories too.

    Are you related to my friend and colleague Mike Farma? I work in adult education and it’s not a common name. I hope so—he’s a really good guy.

    Laurie Sheridan

  3. Posted December 15, 2011 at 7:34 pm | Permalink

    Just viewed your movie, and thank you for all your work. I am one of the (white) facilitators of the Union of Minority Neighborhoods film, “Can We Talk?” and think that your film adds a lot to the story.

  4. Posted November 16, 2013 at 4:42 pm | Permalink

    I’m interested in seeing the film and obtaining the South Boston Little League photo contained in the trailer. My two brothers are in the photo.
    Thanks,
    Ed DeCosta
    304-594- 7850

  5. pow
    Posted July 19, 2014 at 5:29 pm | Permalink

    Just happened to run across your video Southie Boy. I lived through that era. My first year of HS was the 1st year of busing. And it was insane. So many lives ruined.
    I’ve never seen anybody tell the truth before. As soon as I got to the part about people apologizing for their versions I was hooked. Thank you.

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