A look inside one of America’s most racially divided suburbs

In the series Our Nation, Yahoo Life’s Brittany Jones-Cooper visits cities around America to examine how their histories of racial segregation and discrimination are affecting those same communities today.

I can’t be the only one asking myself, “How did we get here?” 

Instead of domestic tranquility, our nation is so divided that issues like equality and wearing a mask during a pandemic are heated debates. We are in unprecedented times, no doubt about that, and in order to move forward together, I believe we must examine the past. 

At a time when many in the United States are recognizing its systemic racism, I wanted to unpack the complicated histories of cities just like yours. Cities with sometimes shameful pasts that must be confronted, if an honest path forward is ever to be made. The first place I decided to visit was Long Island, N.Y., a sprawling suburb located just outside

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