Sterling Whites is my town’s nickname.

Jacob Barshaw
Ann Arbor, MI
Understanding Race Project- University of Michigan

For my entire life I have lived in in a town called Sterling Heights. When I was in elementary school, close to 800 children went to my school. Only one was black. Until last year, not one black person owned a house in my subdivision.
In high school, the only black kids who went to my school were recruited for athletics.
I live 12 miles from Detroit. Sterling Whites is my towns nickname.

 

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