“I can’t breathe”
A call of desperation that has become an expression of anguish. A call of sadness that has become an expression of despair. A call of anger that has become an expression of rage.
We are in a pandemic that disproportionately impacts communities of color, and ravages the respiratory system. We are teetering on a politicized culture war about wearing masks (to protect our fellow humanity from our potentially toxic breath). We have witnessed a white police officer horrifically murder a black man by crushing his airway, effectively eliminating his ability to BREATHE.
Frightening deaths. Social isolation. Economic panic. Relentless dehumanizing. Malignant prejudice. Explosive hatred.
We are indeed SUFFOCATING.
And when you can’t catch your breath, you gasp. You writhe.