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Daria Sukharchuk is a journalist based in Berlin, where she works as a news anchor for Russian-language OstWest.tv. Her writing has appeared in Motherboard and ZEIT Online, Cosmopolitan, as well as Afisha (Moscow's leading city magazine). She specializes on the topic of human rights, migration, and mental health.
She has her BA in Chinese history, and, never having forgotten her history background, has also contributed to the educational project1917.com.
This is an animation of Maya Angelou's childhood memory – a story she heard from her stepfather's friends, professional con men. Those black men, who had no opportunity to have proper careers, had to resolve to shady schemes to support themselves. The story itself is almost comically absurd and includes a whole bunch of stereotypes: a greedy white Southerner "who knows 'em n*s", a supposedly naive Native American (another con artist), an entrepreneurial Yankee from New York (con man too), and, of course, the two Black men who invented the whole scheme.
It is stories like this one that show the true cost of segregation: not only does it rob clever people from opportunities; just as it makes it acceptable for the dominant majority to oppress the segregated minority, it makes it acceptable for the minority to fool the majority. It stops people from seeing each other as fully human.