In the Blackseat

S2, Episode 2 | In the Blackseat, Black Across America

March 17, 2021 Liz M. Season 2 Episode 2
In the Blackseat
S2, Episode 2 | In the Blackseat, Black Across America
Show Notes

We already know that Black people aren't a monolith, but how does where one lives affect the Black experience in America? I think there are a lot of assumptions based on geography (Black folks above the Mason-Dixon vs. below it, for example), but I wanted to find out for sure. 

I sat down with my friends Verdis, Maleta and Nichelle - who live and have lived all around this country, for a discussion that both surprised and saddened me. Verdis discussed a family member whose home was bombed in Illinois; Maleta spoke about her run-in with a Confederate legend at the post office; Nichelle shared her discomfort in certain parts of the very city she was born and raised in. They also shared their thoughts about feeling like an American, and the BEST places they have lived.

The one constant that emerged was the fact that Black folks have created and maintained communities to protect, provide for and grow our people. I hope you enjoy this conversation, and think about how where you have lived has contributed to your experience as a Black person in America.