I am originally from an idyllic horse community in a northwest suburb just outside of Chicago, Il. My formative years were spent at the barn riding horses and competitive show jumping on the A-circuit in the Midwest and east coast.
Being stared at by strangers is something I have become very accustomed to. Not because I am a beautiful, ethereal being that catches everyone's attention (but I will take it if that's what you're thinking), but in the way that I am a Black woman, a Black person, and people tend to notice my presence. I don't think there is a Black person out there that can deny knowing what it's like to be stared at by a random person.