If you've been even close to paying attention, you've read that I used to live in Detroit. This story is set there. Well, in Grosse Pointe, actually, which is a suburb of Detroit. Here's another story about my friend in Grosse Pointe, though it takes place in New Orleans, because, you know, people travel sometimes.
And I do live in a small village in western Michigan with no Black people, in a region with almost no Black people. Anyone with the Internet can look up Michigan demographics to verify how common that is.