On words.

I received a thoughtful letter from a former Grabneck and Daniel Hill resident expressing disappointment in my use of the colloquial term “‘hoods” to refer to African-American neighborhoods in Wilson and requesting that I adopt a different word. I intended no disrespect to these communities (of which I am a product), but my intent is less important than the impact of my language choice. I have changed all such references to the neutral “neighborhoods.” Thank you, J.A.J.B., for reaching out and for your kind words re Black Wide-Awake.

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