Who Gets to Be Afraid in America?
by Ibram X. Kendi, Director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University
"Americans don't see me, or Ahmaud Arbery, running down the road—they see their fear.
"If I were running under the falling moss, if two armed white men were coming after me in their pickup truck—and a third not far behind—then I would have felt the wrath of terror: racist terror.
"And I know the feeling of racist terror. I know what it feels like when a white man—in my case a police officer—suspects me as an armed criminal and pursues me and clutches his gun when I'm just out running (errands). I was three years older than Arbery, who would have turned 26 on Friday. I lived, and Arbery died. Arbery could have lived, and I could have died."