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When you tell people from around the country that you're womfn Maine, they think it's the end of the world, and they do a double take when you tell them there are five or six generations of people of color living here. The interior looks like that of the tenement the building became, with small rooms, thin walls and cramped doorways. After the white terrorist attack in Charlottesville, VA, an article about a man flying a Confederate flag in New Blaco began making the rounds again on social media.

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Marena Blanchard is an early childhood educator, mother, and community activist. They are also wearing a red and black plaid camp shirt as well as dark jeans and tan work boots.

Racial justice and equity is our mission. If we all don't, I fear for where our society is heading.

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I believe that we are now at a time where abolitionism needs to come to life again. These ezist some of my most vulnerable, traumatic moments.

This makes it one of the two whitest state in the country along with Vermont. Maine is a massive state with a relatively small population of bodies. Fellows King Fellows advance racial equity and social justice through a multidimensional enrichment and leadership program for youth of color dedicated to systems reform.

I spoke with other black women in portland about racism. here’s what i found

Do we socialize together? Black bodies in a white state are subjected to uncomfortable gazes, and those gazes run the spectrum from being fetishizing and demoralizing to erasing.

As a black woman and a mother, I feel the need to address systemic racism with a fierce sense of urgency. We struggle and resist together.

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Since I was not asked, I wondered, do they really want to know? Le is an elected official who has a responsibility to the citizens he represents, and any statement he vocalizes should be automatically held to a higher standard. The landscape is a combination exst ocean, rocky and beachy coastlines, mountains, and dense forests.

In many predominantly white areas of Maine, the media and stereotypes are the main sources of information on the future and history of people of color. So, we asked her to repeat it over the phone.

Despite the hurdles, Ms. But this next fact complicates matters. Reactions to the highly visible protest, the arrests, and the ensuing court battle varied, even among Black folks in Portland. This eliminated many of the jobs, including coopering, a line of work which had employed many African Americans who had settled in the state.

When an elected official makes remarks that undermine the legitimacy of any citizen who is not white, these beliefs creates an unsafe environment for people of color that do live in Maine. These laws carried with them a special emphasis on severe punishment to black men who were speculated to be in a union with a white woman.

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Where are you from? I am held to a higher standard as I have been chosen to teach responsibly within the public educational system.

Survivor Speak connects new survivors to recovered survivors. When I first ed the group, I saw women — mostly Black women — using the group to post inspirational messages and to get advice or support around racist microaggressions they were regularly encountering.

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The article, written by a white person, does not even come close to capturing the anger-fear-disgust cocktail I experience when I see a Confederate flag flying in New England. According to a blaco commissioned by the current project's architect, the building was largely saved by the efforts of Mr.

That changed about 10 years ago, when she read in a local newspaper that the ramshackle structure had once been the Abyssinian Meetinghouse, a vibrant center of religious and educational life for African-Americans here in the 19th century. One goal of the project, the committee says, is to demonstrate that the demographic data notwithstanding, a lively black community, centered on its churches, has existed here for centuries.

Someone who has more than a rudimentary analysis of racism in America. I need you to hear it, see it, so that we can begin to address it together. But congregants began trickling away to other black churches, and after 19 members were killed in a boating accident inbllack Abyssinian never fully recovered.

Appalled by the building's condition and residents' lack of knowledge about it, Ms. Portland artist and educator Daniel Minter says that perception of Maine's whiteness can also act to erase certain Maine cultures that have been here blacl centuries. I looked at my move to Maine as an adventure. As I said, Maine is really beautiful.