Black in Seattle.
Ronnie M.

Thank you for writing this. I’m from south Texas and lived there for two decades. I’ve also lived in many other places in this country. Now I live in South Seattle (the black(er) part of Seattle). One of the most striking things to me about Seattle is its whiteness. There were so many more black people and people of color in general in Houston. I obviously don’t experience Seattle in the same way as you because I am white. But I fear for my biracial daughter growing up here. In the South, you know when someone is racist. Here it is veiled in microaggressions. I always feel somewhat astounded when people here assert the Pacific Northwest’s superiority over places like the south. I suspect that many white people here simply can’t imagine that they’re racist.

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