Between the Cracks

By Guillermo S. Hava

The Silencing of Tamara Lanier

On May 3, 1996, a Connecticut fifth grader named Shonrael Lanier penned her very first book report: An account of her family history, drafted with the help of her maternal grandmother, titled “From These Roots I came.” The report, bound by a tired green spine and geometric covers, reads as follows:

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Black Snow, Dead Workers, and Harvard’s Lakshmi Mittal

I have been meaning to write this piece for over a year.

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