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Annissa Essaibi-George On Identity And The Boston Mayoral Race18:08
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The deadline to take out papers for the Boston mayoral election expired this week, and the make-up of the field is historic: all six major candidates identify as people of color.

That wealth of diversity brings up painful questions about legacies of discrimination, identity, and belonging in a public forum.

On Wednesday, City Councilor and mayoral candidate Annissa Essaibi-George put out forceful a statement on her identity as the daughter of Arab and Polish immigrants, after questions about the legitimacy of her claim as a person of color arose in an online podcast, and a subsequent article in the Boston Globe.

We discuss with Councilor Essaibi-George, and get an update on the mayor's race from WBUR senior political reporter Anthony Brooks.

This segment aired on May 13, 2021.

Tiziana Dearing Twitter Host, Radio Boston
Tiziana Dearing is the host of Radio Boston.

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Anthony Brooks Twitter Senior Political Reporter
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