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Sat Mar 24, 2018, 12:29 PM

It's been 33 years since I was last in Austin. Looks like things haven't change much since...

What Itís Like to Be Black in Austin

MARCH 22, 2018

I am good at leaving places, but it was hard to leave Austin.

In 2005, I moved to Austin from San Francisco to work as a reporter at The Austin American Statesman and to attend graduate school at the University of Texas. I am a native New Yorker, but somehow I fell in love with Austin: with the open sky and the people I worked with, with my fellow Longhorns, with Torchyís breakfast tacos, queso and good margaritas.

I bought a house and thought I might stay for five years. I lived there for eight, the longest I have lived anywhere at a stretch.

I left in 2013 for a lot of reasons. I started to realize that in a place like Texas, you needed kin, but I lost mine. In the space of two years, I lost both my parents, one to suicide, the other to cancer. In my grief, I tried to write through it, but it was more than I could power through alone.

And in Austin, I felt a loneliness that was hard to explain. I wasnít just a New Yorker in Texas. I was a tall, dark-skinned black woman with natural hair. I was an outsider in a place that is supposed to value weirdness, but I never felt like the right kind of weird.


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Response to MrScorpio (Original post)

Sat Mar 24, 2018, 04:40 PM

1. Austin is like Houston in that it has out grown its non-plan.

It has become a maze of toll road and nightmare of traffic but it is still the most charming place in the State. She mentions Torchy's. It was originally Taco Truck(s) and now there are Torchy's in all over Texas, Oklahoman and Colorado. I ate at the C.S. Torchy's yesterday. mmmm good or as the motto says Damn Good!

I'm proud to say it but I don't know where they got the picture but the logo is my baby picture

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Response to TexasProgresive (Reply #1)

Sat Mar 24, 2018, 06:24 PM

2. I disagree.

I don't like Texas, or any city in it. I was born and raised in TX but wish I could afford to go back home (CA, at least the blue parts).

However, Houston is the best available, according to me. It's mostly ugly, but at least it's diverse. I'm not sure I could bring myself to leave that, actually. And it has decent live professional theatre.

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