Ibram X. Kendi of American University in the Atlantic –
“We don’t see any American dream,” Malcolm X said in 1964. “We’ve experienced only the American nightmare.”
What one black American experiences, many black Americans experience. Black Americans are constantly stepping into the toil and terror and trauma of other black Americans. Black Americans are constantly stepping into the souls of the dead.
Because they know: They could have been them; they are them. Because they know it is dangerous to be black in America, because racist Americans see blacks as dangerous.