The Soul-Crushing Nature of Systemic Racism


In the news that we’ve seen as of late, you could stand there, surrender to the cops, and still be killed.

Those are the chilling words of Sandra Bland. Upon her death, many leaped to defend her legacy against the verdict of suicide, asking: Why would a young woman with a new job and so much to live for kill herself?

From my perspective, it doesn’t take all that much imagination. Why? Because I’ve been there, flailing to stay afloat under a torrent of dehumanization. Sandra Bland was — much like myself — a vocal advocate for the Black Lives Matter campaign, a writer and a vlogger who railed against the systemic violence laid down on insolent black bodies…

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