They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us

A collection of nonfiction essays by Hanif Abdurraqib.

Hanif Abdurraqib

In an age of confusion, fear and loss, Hanif Abdurraqib's is a voice that matters. Whether he's attending a Bruce Springsteen concert the day after visiting Michael Brown's grave, or discussing public displays of affection at a Carly Rae Jepsen show, he writes with a poignancy and magnetism that resonates profoundly.

In the wake of the nightclub attacks in Paris, he recalls how he sought refuge as a teenager in music, at shows and wonders whether the next generation of young Muslims will not be afforded that opportunity now. While discussing the everyday threat to the lives of black Americans, Abdurraqib recounts the first time he was ordered to the ground by police officers: for attempting to enter his own car. (From Two Dollar Radio)

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If you are in Columbus, Ohio, on July 3rd of any year, you will likely drag yourself downtown with a blanket in the middle of the day, when the sun is still at its highest and most hungry. If you're lucky, you'll get a space at Huntington Park, where our beloved Triple-A baseball team, the Columbus Clippers, delivered back-to-back titles in 2010 and 2011. When night comes, you'll fall back into. And you'll roll your eyes when "Born in the U.S.A." plays while fireworks fly screaming into the sky, tucking all its darkness into their pockets.

From They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us by Hanif Abdurraqib ©2017. Published by Two Dollar Radio.


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