My Hometown– Amarillo, Texas

My Hometown– Amarillo, Texas

Amarillo is a city on the edges of half-a-dozen cultural and geographic regions: the western edge of the American South, the eastern edge of the Southwest, the southern extremity of the Great Plains and the northernmost city in Texas. This cocktail of regional identifications can be corrosively seductive to white men (like me); the Southern Lost Cause myth blends with Western Libertarianism of the Sovereign Citizen variety and snuggles right into a Texan assumption of innate superiority. I was born in Amarillo not quite a hundred years after it was founded, shortly after McClellan and MacKenzie starved the Comanche and Kiowa nations into submission by destroying their winter settlements in nearby Palo Duro canyon. While more than a century has passed since that frontier genocide, Amarillo remains a far-flung outpost, isolated not only by hundreds of miles of grassland in every direction but also by its own aggressive identity.

“My Hometown–Amarillo, Texas,” Popula

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