A long ride home, over an hour. Two lines and both with long delays because of trains stalled on the tracks ahead of them. It gives me time to listen to a podcast, the latest episode of Errthang, called How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America. It’s a reading of a narrative about growing up Black in the South. Normally I listen to my home-bound podcasts with distractions: daydreaming, dozing, playing games, checking email. But today, from 5 minutes in, I am held by it. It begins:

I’ve had guns pulled on me by four people under Central Mississippi skies — once by a white undercover cop, once by a young brother trying to rob me for the leftovers of a weak work-study check, once by my mother and twice by myself. …

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