Accused of racism, renowned museum confronts its blind spots

BOSTON (AP) — Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts has been scrambling to make amends since black students were mistreated on a class trip in May.

The world-class museum was accused of racism after students said they were harangued by white patrons and a staff member who allegedly told the children: “No food, no drink and no watermelon.”

Makeeba McCreary is the MFA’s chief of learning and community engagement. She says the museum has doubled down on efforts to be a more diverse and inclusive place.

In addition to banning two patrons, launching an internal investigation and hiring a law firm led by a former state attorney general to conduct an independent review, the MFA has created a new position: senior director of inclusion.

The group Lawyers for Civil Rights insists the museum could do more.


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