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The Time is Now.

WARNING: The attached article may be triggering for people of color and reopen old wounds for longtime residents. It is shared here for historical reference.

It’s a terrifying thought. Hampden has a long seated reputation among the black community because of episodes like this from 1988 in the article below (note the date of the article). Hampden is a geographically barricaded neighborhood that white flight could escape to in the 1960s and ignore the social upheaval of civil rights. Landlords bought up row homes to prevent black people from moving in. And today, neighbors complain about and intimidate black students who attend our neighborhood schools because they do what young people do and perceive it as a function of their skin color.

But don’t you dare say “this is an old Hampden issue.”