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BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) has banned two of its members after determining they, on separate occasions, made racist comments to students who were on a field trip at the museum.
Students and staff from the Helen Y. David Leadership Academy in Dorchester also said that they were the subject of racist comments and suspicion from some museum staff.
The Boston Globe reports a staff member allegedly told the students “no food, no drink, no watermelon,” allowed in the galleries. The standard greeting at the museum is, “no food, no drink, and no water bottles.”
Following the incident, the museum conducted an investigation into the allegations of racism toward the students. Now, they are looking into their protocol.
“We are committed to re-visiting and rethinking how that protocol happens, which is currently a script that people follow. And really needs to be something that is delivered in a way that excites young people and gets them ready to explore the collection as opposed to any possibility of conveying an unwelcome feeling or any kind of discriminatory comments,” MFA Chief of Learning and Community Engagement Makeeba McCreary said.
WBZ NewsRadio’s Chris Fama (@CFamaWBZ) reports