Politics and Civil Unrest in America (You can run, but you can’t hide)

My writing is influenced by my childhood experiences, my struggles to parent Black children in the city where George Floyd was killed, and my 25 years as an American Studies professor.

I went to Kindergarten in 1974. I was simultaneously filled with anticipation and trepidation. I was excited because I had a secret: I already knew how to read. I was nervous because going to school seemed dangerous; the evening news showed the windows of yellow school busses being smashed with bricks by White PTA Moms. How could this be? I grew up outside of Boston, MA, and I was watching White resistance to forced bussing.

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