The Afterlife of Property: On George Floyd’s Death and Black Fatherhood

This morning, while I waited for my son’s Similac to warm up, I learned that protesters in Minneapolis burned down the police precinct where Derek Chauvin allegedly operated from. I was disquieted. I changed his diaper, fed my child, and settled into what feels like a daily routine of looking at the ledger of Black death in the media and on my Twitter timeline; I always feel I am one encounter with a cop away from joining. All I know is that I wanted justice for George Floyd.



I write to explore Black personhood, the life we have built in the shadow of full citizenship. Follow me on Twitter @Established1865.

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Hal H. Harris

Black on Both Sides. Medium Writers Challenge Winner. The founder of Established in 1865. I Tweet @Established1865. E-mail is