An advocacy group called for a “national black boycott” of Boston’s historic landmark Faneuil Hall because it was named after a slave trader.
The New Democracy Coalition, a Boston-based advocacy group, wants a national “black-led boycott” of Faneuil Hall, the Boston Herald reported. The historic attraction was named after 18th-century slave trader Peter Faneuil, who funded the building project, according to Boston historians. (RELATED: Harvard Student Arrested Butt Naked And Booming Out Of His Mind [VIDEO])
Kevin Peterson, the founder of The New Democracy Coalition, wrote a letter Friday to urge president and CEO of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce James E. Rooney to take action, calling the name change of Faneuil Hall “incandescently clear.” (RELATED: Boston Free Speech Rally Falsely Branded As ‘White Supremacist’)
“We are calling on a national black boycott of Faneuil Hall and its Quincy Market Place where the souls of black slaves were sold. Black people in this city and across the country can no longer tolerate the denial, disrespect, [distain] and disassociation that the white political and economic hegemony in this city has directed over them,” wrote Peterson.
“We will therefore, concertedly reach out to black organizations, tourists associations and policy influence makers in the city and nationwide to comply with our boycott. We will stage sit-ins and demonstrations across the city, risking arrest,” Peterson added.
He also claimed the group reached out to Boston Democratic Mayor Marty Walsh, who allegedly refused to hear its case.
“Crispus Attucks Hall would be an apt name replacing Faneuil Hall because Attucks was a more significant historical figure related to the birth of American democracy,” the advocacy group wrote on its Facebook page in June. Crispus Attucks was an African-American man and the first person killed during the Boston Massacre.
Massachusetts removed its only Confederate monument in October 2017, which was located on Georges Island in Boston Harbor, reported Curbed Boston.
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