Can We Breathe? The Politics of Breath in COVID-19 and the Carceral State

Response to the death of George Floyd Written by Tonya Lovelace | Breath, for Black people, is historically imperiled. Chains, ropes, ocean and river water, bullets, elbows, feet, knees, legal mandates, executive orders, many devices are employed to choke us out.Before COVID-19, Black people have known that they have the highest rates of asthma, high blood pressure, and heart disease due to structural and medical inequities. The struggle to breathe, no matter the income or

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