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“I Am Home!”:  Locals March against Racism and Xenophobia in Majority-White Potsdam, N.Y.

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“I Am Home!”: Locals March against Racism and Xenophobia in Majority-White Potsdam, N.Y.

As the “March against Racism” began on Saturday morning in Potsdam, New York, organizer Jennifer Baxtron told the crowd to raise their signs and let their voices be heard.  “Show everybody that even in this little town, love conquers hate,” she said. “Love overpowers hate.” Nicole Roché reports on a march that sought to shine a light on the need to address issues of racism and xenophobia in the majority-white “North Country” of northern NY - and beyond.

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Interweaving with Hanif Abdurraqib: “To know that I cannot move the world on my own means that I can’t be silent”

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Interweaving with Hanif Abdurraqib: “To know that I cannot move the world on my own means that I can’t be silent”

By Nicole Roché

On the morning of October, 11, 2018, poet and essayist Hanif Abdurraqib spoke with students on the St. Lawrence University campus, where the subjects ranged from Kanye West to Black Lives Matter to Abdurraqib’s extensive sneaker collection. After the Q&A, Nicole Roché, who teaches a class about storytelling and identity in the first-year program at St. Lawrence, interviewed Abdurraqib about his work and about his experiences talking with young people in America.

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