As we continue to push for a more honest accounting of the history of the United States, many have found it increasingly difficult to engage in traditions that boil down to a celebration of the colonization that ultimately had such a profound impact on people of color.
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I learned about the wide spectrum of culture, traditions, wars and victories of the world from the tender, yet brutally honest approach of my mother who earned a bachelor’s degree in African-American studies from Youngstown State University.
I am named after my late grandmother — an outspoken woman who shared stories growing up Black in York, Ala. during the 1940s. Her chilling tales of the whispers of lynchings and discrimination serve as a guiding principle on how I move in this world as a Black woman.
There are vastly different experiences faced by Youngstown’s inner-city residents compared to residents in surrounding townships. We are disconnected by misconceptions, lack of understanding, perspective and socioeconomic status.