COMMON GROUND

The daughter of an African American father and English caucasian mother unexpectedly moves from Britain to Austin, Texas as racial tensions reach boiling point, and undertakes an educational journey through her own racial identity and politics in America.

 

Growing up the only black girl in her rural Cornish village, Common Ground documents an abrupt coming of age for a 33-year-old British/American campaigner. She thought she was grown, until unexpectedly spending COVID lockdown in the heart of her family's black community, just east of APD HQ. As Mike Ramos and then George Floyd are killed by police, she attends the protests, realises how much she doesn't know about growing up black in America, and gathers testimony from those who have. Faced with a harsh reality, she confronts her privilege, learns about Klan violence against her family, and amidst the societal turmoil, finally connects with her blackness.

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Read the 1927 Austin City Plan here - pages 28 and 63 for more on the themes referenced in Common Ground.

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