What Living in Arkansas for 5 Years Taught Me About Modern Racism

This pandemic is still alive and well all across the country

Paul Marsh
AfroSapiophile

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“Stop Killing Us.” / Photo Credit: Johnny Silvercloud

Once upon a time, I thought racism was obsolete. That was while I resided in the Northeast quadrant of the country. Then I moved down South (more on that later) and was exposed to how minorities live and are treated there. The experience was eye-opening in the worst way possible.

It’s no secret that racism is still alive and well in this country. Just look at the Black Lives Matter movement that started a few years ago as proof of this. If that isn’t enough, then look no further than Asian hate and the onslaught of ensuing violence against that demographic, which is a pandemic all by itself.

Factor in rising antisemitism, and you have a recipe for disaster in the land of the free and home of the brave.

I consider myself immensely privileged to be a first-generation African-American. What does that mean? Simply put, it means I’m the first generation from my lineage to be born in this country; everyone else hails from Nigeria.

I know my ancestors and their history and am grateful for the fact that none of them were subjected to the brutality and inhumanity of slavery.

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Paul Marsh
AfroSapiophile

Native of Philly now living in the Midwest. Writing has been part of my life for 26 years. Avid reader. Fitness nut. Hopeful romantic. Superb cook. Word nerd.