A new book explains why the author fled racial prejudice in the United States


Amna Nawaz:

Judy, even before the murder of George Floyd, black Americans considered moving overseas, and some did, emigrating to countries around the world.

Tiffanie Drayton had her own experience, which she documents in her new memoir, “Black American Refugee.”

And she joins me now.

Tiffanie Drayton, welcome to the “NewsHour”. Thanks for join us.

I want to go into all the details of your book and the whole story, but first I want to ask you about the title, because the use of the word refugee by many Americans evokes a very specific story. And I’m curious why you chose that word.

Tiffanie Drayton, author, “Black American Refugee: Escaping the Narcissism of the American Dream”: I think the word refugee evokes the feeling that someone is fleeing violence, trying to escape desperate circumstances.

And that is precisely what my life had become when I decided that I could no longer stay here. As a black woman who has fought against poverty, violence, in neighborhoods and environments under constant police surveillance as you watch claiming the lives of people like you, you begin to feel and recognize that your life is threatened .

Even if you live in one of the richest countries in the world, you can still be threatened.


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