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Boston Mayor Vetoes Ban on Word 'Minority'

January 06, 2002|From Times Wire Reports

Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino has vetoed a measure that would have banned the use of the word "minority" in city documents.

The ordinance, which the City Council had approved unanimously, could undermine protections for blacks and others in contracting, hiring and delivery, Menino said.

"I am gravely concerned this measure will have far-reaching unintended negative effects," he said in a statement.

City Council President Charles C. Yancey, who pushed the measure, calling the term "anachronistic and demeaning," said he may seek an override, which would require the support of nine of the 13 council members.

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