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Randall Horton is author of the memoir Dead Weight and several books of poetry, including Pitch Dark Anarchy and The Lingua Franca of Ninth Street. He is the recipient of the Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Award and is Professor of English at the University of New Haven.
Every city I’ve lived in has been filled with racism, whether out in the open or hidden in an invisible dialogue of economics and housing. Birmingham taught me to never question what it meant to be a Black American.