I live in southern Arizona and have lived here since 2003. Seven years of Tucson does make an impression, but I’m still a New Yorker. Tucson has a very small Black population and some interesting Black history here, especially because of its proximity to Sierra Vista. It’s there that you’ll find Fort Huachuca and Buffalo Soldier Trail.

Tucson is a city that runs the Confederate flag through its streets for its Rodeo Parade. The public schools all close for Rodeo Day. The parade is no small thing for Tucson. They fly the Confederate flag at the Fairgrounds all week for Rodeo Week.

It’s important to know that it’s not all some happy dappy hippy playground with cactus decorations. It may be that for some people.

Seven years of Tucson has certainly changed me, and moved me to create 28Black.


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