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Icantbreathe

Can We Live?

By Dr. Tonisha M. Pinckney

“I can’t breathe!” As a Black woman, I reflect on the power of those words. They are too familiar, but not just because they are a refrain locked within the last words and moments of too many dead Black men. They are a part of the lexicon of Blacks living in America. I also have uttered those words. We cannot breathe. What does that mean? It means we (Black people, humans) cannot (want to but are not allowed to) breathe (are suffocating from the strangling hold of racism). We cannot breathe!

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