Scar Stories: The Toll of Colon Cancer

“When Chadwick Boseman died from colon cancer, Ibram X. Kendi, one of the country’s most renowned historians of racism, felt moved to speak up about his own fight against a disease that disproportionately afflicts Black men. He decided to reveal the scars from his own surgery—to wear them as visible signs of triumph over adversity. Here, alongside six other patients and survivors, he bares his wounds—and reckons with the disease’s lasting effects on his body and his spirit.”

Source: GQ
Published: Apr 22, 2021
Length: 16 minutes (4,140 words)

The American Nightmare

“Either there is something superior or inferior about the races, something dangerous and deathly about black people, and black people are the American nightmare; or there is something wrong with society, something dangerous and deathly about racist policy, and black people are experiencing the American nightmare.” One is a racist myth; the other, antiracist truth.

Source: The Atlantic
Published: Jun 1, 2020
Length: 10 minutes (2,595 words)

Who Gets to Be Afraid in America?

“I just don’t think Americans fully realize how terrorizing it is to black males when we are falsely suspected as violent criminals.”

Source: The Atlantic
Published: May 12, 2020
Length: 7 minutes (1,875 words)