series continued Wednesday with the stories of four black men on how they contend with suspicion and discrimination every day.Listeners and readers gave us a lot of reaction to the raw piece including frustration and heartbreak.
That’s what it means for 37-year-old Marquetta Riley, anyway.
On a recent Friday night, Riley, a tall, fit woman, stood before her vanity, a full spread of makeup and hair products in front of her.
For example, a month ago Riley was at a bar-restaurant called Cactus when she spotted an attractive black man. And he kept turning around looking at me for about 45 minutes.
“I was like, ‘Where did you come from, black man that is so attractive? He never once said hello, he never gave the black person head nod – nothing, you know what I mean, nothing!
So is it better for me to be successful and independent or is it more important for me to be in a relationship?
That’s the question.” Family therapist Heidi Henderson-Lewis said she would encourage black women like Riley to keep an open mind – especially here in Seattle.
For a large and progressive metro area, Seattle actually lags behind other cities and the country as a whole in its black population.
Listeners and readers added their own insight as to what Seattle offers and what it is missing for the black community.
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