‘America does not deserve me.’ Why Black people are leaving the United States

Jameelah Nuriddin left Los Angeles for Costa Rica two years ago, part of a wave of Black Americans moving out of the United States. (Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times)

By Kate Linthicum Staff Writer

For Subscribers PUERTO VIEJO, Costa Rica —Filmmaker Jameelah Nuriddin was locked down in Los Angeles during the pandemic, watching as the nation convulsed in protest over the murder of George Floyd , when she had an epiphany: “America does not deserve me.”As a Black woman, Nuriddin always tried to work twice as hard as those around her, thinking: “If I’m smart enough, pretty enough, successful […]

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