Children’s author, fellow Cornell alum and friend Irene Smalls, who lives in Boston, writes:
Sometime yesterday someone scrawled on the side of my house “Every nigger is a star.” I was stunned. I have lived in my neighbohood in downtown Boston for 38 years without incident. Now, someone is perpetrating a silent assault against me personally and my property with the “n word.” I don’t know if it was a prank or a threat. Either way I get a chill entering my front door each day now. I feel violated and ignored at the same time. Who ever did this does not know I write books for all children or that I volunteer in the community. I am raising money to demolish the offensive fence and put security cameras around my property. I am preparing. My hope is this will never happen again but I am getting ready in case this racist message was real. I will not be forced out of my neighborhood by hoods or threat of harm.
Please help Irene fund her “go fund me” campaign to replace the fence?
–Anita M. Harris
Anita Harris is a writer and communications consultant based in Cambridge, MA. Her new book, Ithaca Diaries, was published earlier this year by Cambridge Common Press. A new edition of Broken Patterns, Professional Women and the Quest for a New Feminine Identity came out in 2014.