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1 Hell No Southie Won’t Go! My Family’s Experience During Busing

2 Before Busing “There is no doubt that the Boston Public Schools were deliberately segregated in the 1950's and 1960's.” –Law Dwyer “The School Committee was denying equal opportunity to the black community.” –Ken Sinkiewicz “We will beat the fuck out of the next guy who calls Junior a nigger.” –Lower End kids to Point kids, remembered by Dan Dwyer

3 The Inevitable Was Coming “It felt like one of those Charleton Heston movies that begins after a catastrophic event has decimated the population.” –Kevin Dwyer “The night-time motorcades had a strange malevolent energy.” –Dan Dwyer

4 Judge Garrity “There is no doubt that Garrity was out for South Boston and designed a system in a way that was going to be the most difficult and painful.” —Mary Ellen McDonough-Sinkiewicz

5 And Then It Began “It wasn’t quite tanks in the street, but it was pretty damn close.” --Mary Ellen McDonough-Sinkiewicz

6 Michael Faith “I saw the blood squirting out of his side.” --Ken Sinkiewicz

7 Marches Aint Gonna Bus ‘em no more, Aint Gonna Bus ‘em no more. How in the hell can you hear that bell If it’s ringing on the opposite shore.

8 Racism and Leaders “The federal plan was unfortunately fueled by local wackos who opposed busing for all the wrong reasons and resisted change exclusively based on race.” –Gerry Dwyer “She [Hicks] was genuinely trying to protect the rights of her neighbors and friends.” –Kathy Dwyer “She [Hicks] was a hateful, foolish woman.” --Mary Ellen McDonough-Sinkiewicz “I think she [Hicks] was a racist first and foremost. She and Kerrigan, another rabid racist school committee member just dismissed minorities in a way that was uncomfortable.”—Ken Sinkiewicz

9 “They were going to make society right on the backs of the poor.” --Mary Ellen McDonough-Sinkiewicz “…an inferior or no education.” –Law Dwyer “It was deeply wrong and vain for our social betters to conduct this kind of self- gratifying experiment on people in the lower economic classes.” –Dan Dwyer

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