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Boston Strong? One Boston? 23 People shot since Marathon


Boston Strong? One Boston? 23 People shot since Marathon
UPDATED: April 30 – New Total: 24 People shot see updated list 


The Boston Marathon Bombing has captured headlines nationally and locally since it first happened on April 15th in Copley Sq. Since then, there has been an increasing sentiment that Boston is in fact two cities when it comes to the sharing of tragedy and pain across racial lines. The almost daily violence that occurs in Roxbury, Dorchester, Mattapan, Jamaica Plain and the South End which tends to impact Black, Latino and Cape Verdean is largely treated as business as usual by the local media and city and state government. When the tragedy at the Boston Marathon occurred there was a noticeable difference in the handling by law enforcement and the media and elected officials and the private sector which all echoed the fact that THIS IS important. Conversely, the lack of response to primarily Black and Brown pain and trauma indicates that THIS ISN’T important.

At the prompting of Gov. Patrick and Mayor Menino, local corporations and every day citizens alike began contributing to the “One Fund” and within one week had generated over $20 million dollars (now at $26.7 mil) which to many communities of color struggling with violence, school closings, community center closings, etc. seemed like a huge slap in the face. Its as if there is a magic money bag that appears when something “important” happens or when there is a “tragedy” or a loss of people of “value” to instantly address the situation and care for “victims” who have been traumatized. Unfortunately for Black and Brown people from Boston to New York to Detroit to Chicago to Atlanta to Compton we are left to fend for ourselves and bury our own dead.

Here is the list of shootings that have occurred in Boston since the Marathon on April 15th.
(This is what we researched, may not be a complete list and we are at this time unaware if these cases have resulted in death or only injury, feel free to comment if you have additional information.)

View Shootings in Boston Since Boston Marathon in a larger map

by: Jamarhl Crawford, Publisher/Editor, Blackstonian.com
research co-compiled by: Gregoire Dorfeuille

Date Time How many shot Where
4/15 10:34pm 1 14 Zeigler St. (Dudley Sq.) Roxbury
4/16 1:58pm 2 MLK Blvd./Washington St.
4/17 6:30pm 2 Lauriat St./Woodrow Ave. Dorchester
4/17 8:34pm 1 237 Dudley St. Roxbury
4/17 10:02pm 2 609 Shawmut Ave. South End
4/18 1:21pm 1 2 Fidelis Way Brighton
4/18 2:24pm 1 595 Columbus Ave. South End
4/18 11:02pm 1 263 E. Cottage St. Dorchester
4/20 12:51am 1 7 Harvard Park Dorchester
4/20 11:39pm 1 9 Morse St. Dorchester
4/20 1:32am 1 55 Copeland St. Roxbury
4/26 11:30pm 3 Helca St. Dorchester
4/26 10:30pm 1 91 Regent St. Roxbury
4/28 5:15pm 1 500 block of Washington St. (Codman Sq.) Dorchester
4/28 7:45pm 1 Wayland St. Dorchester
4/29 9:02am 1 3 Brook St. Roslindale
4/29 9:05pm 2 11 Beech Glen St. Roxbury

View the most up to date info on our Live Map / List of Shootings since Boston Marathon.

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  1. TrueBostonian

    How about we get off of our racial high horse and note that there’s a significant difference between individuals attack a CITY with BOMBS than an INDIVIDUAL shooting another INDIVIDUAL. The one fund has gained so much support because of the magnitude of this attack. Stop making race issues where there aren’t any.

    1. blackfeminista

      No one is arguing the categorical difference between a bomb and a handgun. The point here is that gun violence, particularly within black communities across this country, is NOT elevated to the same level of a national tragedy. This has a whole lot to do with racism and racial stereotypes. It is not a “racial high horse” to point out this disparity.

      1. Dick

        Maybe black people should take care of their kids and stop shooting each other for no reason. Fix your own problems.

        1. Duncan

          Thanks Dick*,
          It’s always nice when someone comes in and just proves the point of the entire article for us!
          All our best,
          The Sane & Compassionate People of the World

          (*)It was so cool that was your name so I could just say it without getting banned…

  2. Aaron

    Every shooting is a tragedy, but this article is a bit ridiculous. There have been 23 people shot over the course of 2 weeks. You are comparing this to a bombing at one of the biggest events of the year in Boston that injured over 250 people. Of course the media, police and public response is going to be much greater for an attack with over 10x the number of people injured than the shootings that you list (spread out over 2 weeks). And it is also very strange that you try to bring race into this. I have no idea why you are assuming that all of those shooting victims are minorities – you seem to have no evidence of that. And there were many minorities hurt in the bombing (along with one of the deaths). So I’m not sure why you seem to be labeling the Boston marathon bombing as “white”. Yes, we should pay more attention to gun violence – but being outraged because it is not getting the same amount of attention as the most devastating act of violence in the US since 9/11 and trying to blame any of this on race is extremely ignorant and offensive.

    1. blackfeminista

      The article is not comparing two tragedies, but the responses to them and what is deemed as such. Is not the near daily occurrence of shootings in a community a “devastating act of violence”, a national tragedy worthy of public response? We’re still talking about a significant number of people impacted — whole communities, in fact –, whether it’s one (horrible) incident or a series of (equally horrible) incidents spread over a two week period. Also, the blame is not on race, but on RACISM. There is a critical analysis in this distinction that you are missing. Lastly, use of the term “minorities” in this day and age when referring to people of color suggests a deeply held value, perhaps unconscious, about who’s worthy and who isn’t.

  3. Blair

    I feel for you, honestly. I do.
    But I assure you it’s not JUST people of color that are struggling.

    Just because I’m white doesn’t mean I dont have to find out how the next bill is being paid!

      1. Bostonfan

        This is the most hypocritical thing i have heard. You cry racism, and when someone writes a sincere opinion, you say this. Practice what you preach.

        1. AngryArab

          Bostonfan, maybe we should all get together write Blair a thank you card for FEELING. She’s done so much for us by typing a comment on her computer! Meanwhile, your collective ignorance continues to crush communities of color.

      2. Duncan

        I could be wrong, but I believe what BLAIR was trying to say is that gun violence in communities needs to be looked at through an intersectional lens of race and class.

        While there is absolutely no question that urban violence is tied in the nation’s consciousness with deeply ingrained racist notions (just see Dick’s comment above), it’s also impossible to ignore the correlation between violence and poverty, regardless of the racial demographics of a neighborhood.

        So let’s understand that class *is* a real issue. But let us also recognize how being a poor POC further complicates a person’s survival in America.

  4. Bostonfan

    This article is about as irrelevant as it could be. I agree there is some sentiment to the fact that there are differences in sympathy levels when tragedies happen. But to compare the bombing of the biggest event in Boston, at an area filled with people (mind you this is an INCREDIBLY diverse event, usually won by minorities, so to call anything racist is absurd) is totally out of line.

    If you want to make a change, do something about it. Dont complain to Bostonians for coming together and contributing to a cause that impacted the entire city and entire nation.

    1. Bishop Filipe Teixeira Ofsjc

      Again it shows that we so racist even when we open our mouths we do not recognize how racist we are… Life is life no matter which color or race you are. Our black and brown people deserves the same amount of resources and care… Stop be racist….

    2. Blackstonian

      I love when people say “do something about it” it really emphasizes how blind people are to what is so plain. You are making this comment on a website that is entirely dedicated to doing something about it… look in every side column… maybe you missed our work around domestic violence, gun violence, poverty, hunger, youth, employment, education, etc.
      This work is exactly what gives us the perspective to be able to comment on the completely hypocritical response to the marathon.

      The fact that you see this article as “irrelevant” actually proves my point doesn’t it? Because in my community this is seen as very relevant.
      Also, your own admission “I agree there is some sentiment to the fact that there are differences in sympathy levels when tragedies happen.”
      seems to negate your very own point.

      Lastly, the Marathon is not a “diverse” event. It is an event like many others that while many people of color may attend as spectators or participate in as athletes, it is single-handedly controlled by a group that is very much not diverse and the money generated also goes to a very specific and non diverse pot. Participation in an event does not signify diversity or control. Look at the NBA, the MLB and the NBA, very diverse isn’t it? Until we get to managerial positions and ownership… as in everything in America, the higher you climb the ladder, the more lily-white it gets.

      1. Bostonfan

        I just dont see the point in complaining about people mourning, grieving, and supporting one another in an act of terror that impacted so many. How is it racist and how can you blame white people? The people I see supporting this fund arent just white people looking to help white people. I myself donated because i think EVERY person who was injured or impacted by this attack need help.

        As a side note, why is http://www.blackpeoplemeet.com not racist? If it was http://www.whitepeoplemeet.com, it would be considered a white supremacist group. If white people had a website called the “whitestonian”, would that not be considered racist? just some food for thought…

      2. Bostonfan

        Just so you understand, I 100% acknowledge the issue that you posted here. I think its horrible that there is neglect in parts of Boston like this. I just dont think comparing that to an act of mass terrorism is fair, thats all. I respect your opinion and the fact that you believe so strongly, but i believe you should take into consideration the 4 people killed, the over 250 people injured, and the hundreds of thousands, if not millions, impacted by this bombing into consideration when bringing up your own beliefs.

        1. Khury

          No, you do not “acknowledge the issue 100%.” Just a couple of comments ago, you said that this article was ” as irrelevant as it could be.” The point of the Blackstonian article was not to say that the Marathon bombing was unimportant, but to ask why people of color dealing with gun violence don’t get the same compassion. When you say that more people were affected by the Marathon bombings, again you’re just proving the author’s point. Are there not many people connected to victims of street violence?

  5. George Ivey

    This article doesn’t want to take away from the Marathon bombing but highlight the terrorism we experience on a daily,weekly and monthly basis. I appreciate the commentary/views expressed but not sure why persons like BostonFan are on Blackstonian.com.

    1. Lisa Dillman

      Ha, my thoughts exactly (regarding the last bit). I do not know where people find the time to dedicate significant amounts of time & energy on things they are OPPOSED to – When I can only assume that they HAVE the time & energy to “do something,” but are, instead, wasting it harping on other people who are, in fact, “doing something” at that very moment. I’m often conscious of the fact that when people are suggesting that other’s “do something” about a particular event/situation, that they are generally stating it to someone who is, in that very moment, doing that very thing (such as with Occupy?).

      1. meg (anonymous)

        My tablet auto filled in my email and then sent the comment. -_- I don’t want the multitude of racists likely to descend on this post to be able to find me. I don’t know how to delete comments, but could whoever moderates this get it for me?

  6. Khury

    This article in no way dismisses the significance of the violence at the Marathon. It does not say that the Marathon is white, and it doesn’t even call anyone racist for the lack of response to violence in neighborhoods of color, or the other things its been charged with here. But reading these comments make it clear just how much racism there is in Boston. Those who have defensively seen this article as an attack on white people or argued that the violence in Boston’s neighborhoods IS less important than that experienced at the Marathon just prove the author’s point and then some.

  7. Yusef Safavid

    The author’s thesis suffers from ignoring social inequities based on class and focusing exclusively on ethnicity. A point that would strengthen her article would be the PTSD that exists in any poor/working class neighborhood due to guns or other types of potential physical violence. Furthermore, all Americans are faced on a daily basis with economic violence, which also has a devastating impact on the majority of the population. Both of the topics I suggested would have universal appeal and hopefully would be less inflammatory to one’s readership.

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