Top scholar to Knoxville leaders: Equip people to stop violence by fixing root causes
By Angela Dennis October 26, 2022
Knoxville News Sentinel
While Buffalo, New York, isn’t exactly a stone’s throw away from Knoxville, you can’t convince professor Henry Louis Taylor that the plight of Black communities isn’t the same in both places.
The state of African American neighborhoods has been the focus of Taylor’s research for decades at the University at Buffalo, and he recalls what East Knoxville was like in the 1960s when he attended graduate school at the University of Tennessee.
East Knoxville was always a place of struggle in contrast to the rest of the city.
“What I remember about Knoxville is that the Black neighborhoods didn’t look the same as the rest of the city. The conditions weren’t the same. People shouldn’t be paying 50, 60 and 70 percent of their income for unhealthy living standards,” he said.
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