Interview: Tyrone Fleurizard, author of “How to Name Your Black Son in a Racist Country”

Mr. Fleurizard generously shares his thoughts on his name, on naming, on his father, and on the immigration industrial complex

  
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Hi there, Article Clubbers! This month, we’re reading, annotating, and discussing “How to Name Your Black Son in a Racist Country,” by Tyrone Fleurizard.

A couple weeks ago, Article Clubber Sarai and I got the chance to talk with Mr. Fleurizard and ask him some of our questions. It was a fun, deep conversation. We talked about a range of topics, including why he writes and how Jerald Walker’sHow to Make a Slave” inspired the piece. In addition, Mr. Fleurizard shares his thoughts about naming, religion, his relationship with his father, and the immigration industrial complex.

I hope you will take a listen.

Most of all, I want to appreciate Mr. Fleurizard for generously sharing his time and thoughtfulness with us.

After listening to the interview, please share your thoughts in the comments. What resonated with you? What surprised you?

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