I’m a city kid. I grew up in Flint, Michigan and was only an hour away from Detroit. The 1970s, my childhood, was the time when we heard a new phrase: white flight. It was a time when whites who lived in cities like Flint and Detroit, left the inner cities to head to a new life in the burbs. At least in Michigan, the move to places like Rochester Hills, Farmington Hills, Troy and Southfield created segregated metro areas with a black and poorer inner core and a white outer ring.
So, I grew up with an antipathy towards the suburbs. They were places that were gated paradises filled with racist white folk who couldn’t give a damn about the folks in the cities.
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