Afaa Michael Weaver Can't Breathe

In the year 2014, just five years from the 400th anniversary of 1619, I offer a prayer with hands clasped as prayers go to God's dominion. I believe in God’s power. I offer my hands up in the air to the dominion of human beings to reaffirm the assertion of our right to live. I believe in human intelligence and the ability to make moral choices and renounce the immoral. We must breathe because we are human. We will not tolerate the continual grinding away of black life in the bloody teeth of a system that runs on the eyes turned away from it as well as the deliberate and conscious hands on the wheels and engine of the thing. As Langston Hughes wrote, “Let America be America…”

Afaa Michael Weaver

photo by Rachel Eliza Griffiths

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