From the Archives: “The Blue Paper Trail”

Originally published on August 11th, 2016 on the original blog.

This piece more clearly encapsulates the direction I wanted my writing to take. I was struggling with understanding the political dynamics of Little Rock. I love this town. I realized after Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, however, that I did not fully understand it. I don’t want to simply be a visitor here. My wife and I talk too often about buying property either in West Little Rock or out in the nearby rural counties and raising children in the metropolitan area.



I write to explore Black personhood, the life we have built in the shadow of full citizenship. Follow me on Twitter @Established1865.

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Hal H. Harris

Black on Both Sides. Medium Writers Challenge Winner. The founder of Established in 1865. I Tweet @Established1865. E-mail is