Racial Tension

Racial Tension

Some days, you walk outside and the world smiles at you. Other days, you step outside and people are marching down the street, chanting, “Black power!”

I live in Harlem. Home of the Apollo. Where the boulevards are named Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, and Frederick Douglas. We have Marcus Garvey Park and a Harriet Tubman statue. Posters telling us to “Boycott Florida” are posted in many store windows in honor of Treyvon Martin. During my second week here, there was a protest on our street due to a local police shooting involving the death of an African American man. We often see men walking down the street who are part of the Israelite School of Universal Practical Knowledge (Google it). All this to say, it can be interesting some days.


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