Assistant professor of English and Brooklyn transplant Victoria Brown recently published an essay, “Hostile Territories,” in Lenny Letter, Lena Dunham’s online feminist-focused magazine. Brown shares the story of her and her hubsand, an interracial couple, and how they struggled to find their place in a gentrifying borough of New York.
“The neighborhood, largely African-American, Hispanic, and one dreadlocked Japanese guy, was wary of us,” says Brown, “and Grey and I had profoundly different experiences of the same streets.”
“Alone, I was nodded at, verbally greeted, aggressively courted, somehow always acknowledged. Alone, Grey was ignored or silently stared at: he could be a solo Mormon missionary or, in his preferred dark clothing, a lost Hasid. Observed together, we were a whole different species: a black woman with a white man in what was then still an inner-city neighborhood.”
Read Brown’s full essay on Lenny Letter.