5. American Suburb: How to Change Your Mind

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Iris Archuleta is the daughter of a Black Panther who grew up in San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury. She and her husband were part of the first wave of upper middle class African-Americans who moved to Antioch 20 years ago. This is the story of an unlikely alliance between Iris and the Antioch police. Both reject the single narrative here of “poor blacks” and the “inner city” moving out to Antioch. For them, Antioch is actually doing things right, if only their work wasn’t getting lost in a larger negative narrative about the town.


Correction: This story incorrectly stated where Iris Archuleta went to college. She attended San Francisco City College, Cal State East Bay, and John F. Kennedy University College of Law.