A sweet, sad, and thoughtful piece. As someone who’s been to 48 states, I can confirm that Louisiana is among the nicest. However, I can also confirm that the issues don’t stop at the North / South line. Tyre was killed in Ohio; Philando was killed in Minnesota; of course there are many others. I say this as a white person who grew up in the North, because far too often we like to give ourselves a pass just because of slavery. I guess the truth is that black or white, north or south, people are just good and bad and human as you point out. I’m just very sorry that the power structure means y’all keep having to pay for it.