Indelible Ink
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Indelible Ink

Being Black

Go ahead and play the race card

Civil rights march on Washington, D.C. on August 28th, 1963. Women in foreground hold up signs reading: “we demand equal rights now, we march for integrated schools now, we demand an end to bias now, and we demand decent housing now.”

On a trip to Frankfurt last February, I witnessed a scene that sent a familiar sensation of proximal panic through my body. Two young woman of color were crossing a pedestrian bridge with two children who were on Razor scooters. An older white woman and then an older white man began to engage them in an increasingly hostile manner. As the children stood behind their respective adults, the…

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