After Tops Grocery Store, there’s no time for the stages of grief, because — Uvalde. And then it’s the 4th of July. Too many sobbing parents and aunties and uncles and grandchildren and husbands. My neck knots up, as pain shoots through my back. Previously trustworthy muscles cramp. My writing hand spasms. Maybe it’s Uvalde, or maybe it’s George Floyd, or maybe it’s children in cages, or maybe it’s the Africans thrown into the Atlantic before they reached the land of the free.

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Dawn Downey writes about love and pain. Her latest book is Blindsided: Essays from the Only Black Woman in the Room. DawnDowneyBlog.com.

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Dawn Downey

Dawn Downey

Dawn Downey writes about love and pain. Her latest book is Blindsided: Essays from the Only Black Woman in the Room. DawnDowneyBlog.com.