I came out of my mother a human being.

I deserve to live, not because I am good or non violent or didn’t reach for my ID too quickly or am well dressed or paid for my cigarillos or am not a large Black man or am innocent or didn’t get into a car accident or don’t wear hoodies or speak well or don’t eat skittles or am kind or live in complicit fear of oppressive authority, but because I am.

The fact of my birth bestowed upon me the right to live. Neither I nor any other Black person has to prove myself worthy of existence.

I do not have to be an ‘angel‘ to deserve to live.

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