But I do, to some meager extent, know the Deep South, and particularly Birmingham (even though the more I dig into it, the more I realize I don’t know). It’s important to me to be both who I really am and where I’m really from, and to listen to my neighbors (black, poor white folks, latinx, Muslim, women, LGBTQ, etc), who have long struggled under systems that have worked to privilege me and people like me, and to learn from them how to fight those systems. And there are a lot of us trying to do that.

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