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Daria Sukharchuk is a journalist based in Berlin.Her writing has appeared in Motherboard and ZEIT Online, Ms. Magazine, Cosmopolitan, as well as Afisha (Moscow's leading city magazine). She specializes on the topic of human rights, migration, and mental health. Four days a week, she works for n-ost, a network of journalists writing about Eastern Europe.
She studied Chinese history and culture at Moscow State University, then got her MA from Erasmus Mundus Journalism program. She has never quite forgotten her history education, and in 2016 helped collect and curate the stories for Project 1917. She is always happy to educate people about her "exotic" country.
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.