Vann R. Newkirk II, the Atlantic
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A woman passes a display depicting the Mexico Olympic protest at the National Museum of African American History and Culture on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Kevin Lamarque / Reuters
Sep 23, 2016 | I should not be here.
By the cold universal logic of statistics, none of us should; each of the near-7-billion lives on Earth is a mathematical fluke. But as an American black person, albeit as a free person with a fairly full complement of civil rights, I’ve always been aware of the especially immense unlikelihood of my own existence. For four centuries, most people who look like me and the vast majority of the people who gave rise to my own flesh and blood have been killed, crushed, or disenfranchised under the torture rack of white supremacy and racial injustice. As police violence, voting rights, and Donald Trump’s promises of Big Racism dominate our political conversations, and as protests and riots roil the streets of my birthplace of Charlotte, I’m reminded that I may be thanking my lucky stars a bit too soon.
Vann R. Newkirk II is a staff writer at the Atlantic, where he covers politics and policy.
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Black Lives Don’t Matter to Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton, Bill Blum, Truthdig
A Black Lives Matter protest in New York City. (The All-Nite Images / CC BY-SA 2.0)
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