Also known as, announcing my new job as state politics editor for Scalawag, and we’re hiring! This week in the South, I walked into a photocopy shop and started chatting with an older Black man who was making color copies. It was my first morning and my first conversation with a stranger in my new home, Durham, North Carolina. “My friend passed,” he said. “We’re doing a memorial.”He was wearing a shirt with a picture of two people hugging, the names of surviving family printed in italic font below.
What if we responded to violence with a question: why? These are some questions I wrote last year after the massacre at Pulse nightclub in Orlando. This piece is excerpted from my ‘zine, Wait Five Minutes, It Will Change. What if we responded to violence with a question: why? And what if then, we asked more questions: Who were the bystanders, the people who waited until it was too late? Why isn’t it “terror” when a man threatens his wife? What does it take to make someone truly terrified?
Looking at the United States from just beyond the borderI don’t think France is any more special than the United States, but for a lot of people it takes standing outside of their country of origin to see that place a little more clearly. James Baldwin went to France in part to study the blues, meaning, to study the language he thought was the most powerful, and he says he learned something about the English language that he couldn’t learn without first going silent.
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