A Resident Oral History From Shady Hill Mobile Home Community
“Trailer parks are a way, most of the trailer parks I’ve experienced, are a way for the lower income people to live. And that’s why they’re consider “trailer park trash”, because you’re a lower income person.”
“Yeah. As a trailer owner, you are so stigmatized as a second class citizen because you live in a trilly. You don’t live in Windsor Farm. You don’t live in Bensley community. You not in a Ranch-Style house that’s built with a ground foundation. You’re living in a trailer. It’s mobile. It’s below standard. Who’s standard?” (01:05:44 – 01:07:03)Ed, (5/5/2023, Part 1)
“One big event [in Shady Hill’s history]. Wilson Trucking Company across the street, was a trucking company. […] Before I moved here [to Shady Hill]. I came up and I saw they had blocked off JD highway. All the way through. And I thought, “No, I’m getting through.” Unknown chemical spill, or explosion. I came up to Lupe’s, and they were freaking out. “We got to move. We got to get out of here.” I said, “Y’all hop in my car. We’re going down to my house.” I made 20 trips back here- And also had anybody that could drive follow me down to my house on Fairfax avenue. […] The chemical spill, it actually brought the community together, closer, because I not only had Mexicans, Salvadorians, and Guatemalans, and I had Hondurans, all fleein’ to my house, and you want to be in my house, you’re going to be socializing with them and- it opened a community, made the community a community.” (44:49 – 47:16)Ed, (5/5/2023, Part 2)
Content Warning: This interview contain strong language, and some listeners might be distressed by some of the topics that are discussed.
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- (48:20 – 48:23) – Ethnic slur
- (1:27:05 – 1:27:27) – Use of Anti-Semitic tropes
Click Here for Content Warnings (5/5/2023, Part 2)
- (10:26 – 10:30) – Ethnic slur
- (42:08 – 42:39) – Misgendering a family member
- (1:06:42 – 1:10:25) – Discussion of historical African enslavement/colonization. Discussion of the historic oppression of African Americans. Use of racial (African American) tropes.
- (1:31:05 – 1:31:42) – (In Spanish) Sexually explicit language
More about Ed’s Craft
Check out this article about Ed in The Progress-Index of Petersburg, VA: