by Kathya Alexander
My Mama say when she a girl and she go to school,
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way back when, sometime back in a whole ‘nother century,
that only the white children get to ride on the bus.
Colored children have to walk. And the white kids pass by and chunk mud rocks at them.
She say the school that she go to is bout 10 miles each way.
But every time she tell the story, the school get further and further.
I done heard this story for so much of my life,
I could tell it by heart. I am dusting the floorboards
in the living room. And oiling our beautiful old wooden upright piano.
These the two things that I have to do every Saturday
along with wringing the clothes from out our new wringer washer
and hanging them out on the clothesline in the backyard.
Mama sitting on the couch sewing my new dress for school.
The television is on filled with black and white images
of little colored children trying to desegregate schools.
by Alycia Ramirez
Looking back through the last five months of current events and daily protests in Seattle, one might think that the wheels have finally come off. However, the truth is that Seattle has a long and deep history of racism, white supremacy, police brutality, and protesting that goes back to the city’s founding.
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by Tyler Adamson
Considering the Seattle City Council’s recent conversations on zoning laws, it’s particularly pertinent to dig a little deeper into the topic, especially as it applies to accessibility and the racist and segregatory intent which these laws were originally designed. However, the notion that zoning laws are at the root cause of our disparate housing system is simply short-sighted.
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