Racism in Boone is alive and well. I moved to Boone in October 2017 just knowing that the serenity of being surrounded by the mountains with its quaint downtown would be the perfect place to retire. I knew before moving here that the African-American population was very low, but it never dawned on me that I would be the recipient of racial threats and harassment.
I am a 70 year-old African-American woman, and I have lived in several cities/states and this is only the second time I’ve come face to face with someone that has threatened me simply because of the color of my skin.
This happened just as I was settling into my apartment. I had only been here for six weeks before being threatened by another tenant. Since that day, I’ve lived in constant fear. My belief is that if someone is bold enough to stand within three feet of you and make the statement, “I will mess you up and see to it that you come up missing,” they are capable of doing just that and it could just be they are waiting on that opportunity.
As the old adage goes; It only takes one bad apple to spoil the entire basket. So much for serenity, I am always looking over my shoulder. Not my idea of peaceful living.
Ernestine (Tina) McKnight