Plus, seeing some “Black Lives Matter” signs in her new neighbors’ yards helped ease some of her concerns, she said.
“The diversity is low, but if someone (doesn’t) start it, it will never change,” she said. “Eventually, people will get on board. Times are changing.”
Murray said her 7-, 10-, and 12-year-old children have some concerns about their new home, but she wants them to grow up comfortable in all spaces. And she said her presence in Brighton might make others feel more comfortable moving to the neighborhood.
“I think it’ll help somebody else on the fence,” she said. “It’s time for people to open up and get with the program.”
Sirisha Uppalapati, demographic coordinator for the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments, said the racial mix of the area is changing, but “it’ll be slow compared to the urban counties.”
“It’s older white people who are still finding the county attractive,” she said. “For a rural county, it has…