Project Lets Black People Write Their Own Obits Before Cops Kill Them
Huffington Post - 5 months
Imagine thinking that out of the 197 black people who’ve been killed by police this year, one of them could have been you. This thought process, unfortunately, is all too familiar for many black Americans.
For Harlem-based writer Ja’han Jones, this was a recurring notion ever since his parents gave him the “necessary” and “traumatic” talk about the realities of black people being targeted by the police.
After the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile in July, Jones was reminded, yet again, that he could face a similar demise. This time, he took an unsettling next step: He wrote his own obituary.
“Ja’han Elliot Jones, 24, was unarmed when shot and killed in conflict with local police officers,” his obituary reads. “His familiarity with the Black canon steered him into a potent state of unapologetic Blackness ― one in which the James Baldwins and Young Jeezy’s; the bell hookses and the Queen Bey’s; the Frantz Fanons and the Futures all occupied hollowed, cherished beauti
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