Dead or in Jail: The Burden of Being a Black Man in America

All photos by Awol Erizku

"The day you were born, there was a pine box and a prison cell built with your name on it."

Throughout my childhood and adolescence, my father said that to me countless times, especially just as I was walking out the door. The first time I remember hearing those words, I had to have been about six or seven; I was so young, I didn't really understand what he meant. I had yet to grasp the burden that comes with being young and black and male in...

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