Bull City Survivor: Standing Up To A Hard Life In A Southern City
Bull City Survivor: Standing Up to a Hard Life in a Southern City
Emma Johnston (a pseudonym) is an African American resident of Durham, North Carolina, whose son was brutally murdered in 2007. Combining the voices of Emma and her coauthor Simon Partner, a professor at Duke University, the book recounts the postwar history of one of the South's fastest-growing communities through the eyes of one of its most disadvantaged residents. In the process, the book attempts to shed light on the social and economic conditions that led to the murder of Emma's son, one of 25 to 30 people (many of them African American young men) who fall victim to gun violence each year in Durham.
"Although Durham, North Carolina, is generally regarded as a prosperous city with three excellent universities and the Research Triangle Park, it also contains pockets of extreme poverty and violence. In 2007, the son of Emma Johnston (a pseudonym) was murdered, becoming one of that year's 26 victims. When Partner set out to tell the story of the city's gang violence, he became fascinated by Johnston's story instead. This work is built upon their subsequent conversations and provides details from...