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Black ButterFly

Black ButterFly

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It was mentioned in the Author's Note that Black Butterflies is inspired by Priscilla Morris's great-uncle's story (where her great-uncle, an artist, was devastated and vowed not to paint after the destruction of the Vijećnica, the National Library of Bosnia) and the rescue of Priscilla Morris's maternal grandparents by her father from the Siege of Sarajevo.

Persuasively arguing that because urban apartheid was intentionally erected it can be intentionally dismantled, The Black Butterfly demonstrates that America cannot reflect that Black lives matter until we see how Black neighborhoods matter.

Born to a Bosnian mother and a Cornish father, I grew up mostly in London, spending childhood summers in my mother's hometown of Sarajevo. At the risk of sounding stupid, I had no idea that Baltimore was a prominent slave trading site and later on the site of the first bloodshed of the Civil War. Reluctant to believe that hostilities will last more than a handful of weeks, she stays behind while the city falls under siege.

I'm already well versed in the history of Baltimore's racist, segregating housing and other policies that have led to some of the myriad of issues that the city now faces. It is hard to believe that this is the author’s debut novel and I look forward to reading more from this author in the future. Now I know that it’s not always possible to leave a war zone, especially when I read about how quickly things escalated. Sarajevo has always been multicultural—its people living and mixing harmoniously, most families mixed—most celebrating the festivals of all cultures.

I discovered that it was the longest siege in modern warfare and it gave me insight into what living in a war zone must be like for those Ukrainians who are unable to leave. Zora must cope with much—the struggle for survival, the pain of watching the city she loves being torn to pieces around her, her art that she lives for and through which she expresses herself destroyed, separation from her family (whom she needs more than ever at these times), grappling with the question of leaving versus staying, and really also wondering about the war itself which makes no sense. He describes forces like neglect, disrespect, gentrification, redlining, subprime lending, hypersegregation, and hyperpolicing.

The story is a harrowing one, but there are also glimmers of hope throughout, through new love, painting, community gatherings, and dinner parties. The process of firing Black teachers and closing the schools that serve the most Black students is a racial equity issue.Louis and Cleveland, as well as its adoption of increasingly oppressive techniques from cities like Chicago. He also provides a glossary of terms used throughout the book which includes spatial racism, segrenomics and the White L (the predominantly White area of Baltimore that runs along the Charles Street corridor to the Inner Harbor then east to Fells Point.



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