Fitting the Description

Inspired by Ibram X. Kendi’s Ahmaud Arbery Could Have Been Me

The tragedy of Ahmaud Arbery comes as no surprise to those of us who have fit the description before. To be Black is to fit the description of many things that you are not. Criminal. Uneducated. Burglar. Thief. Murderer. But not, victim. No. That might be too far. What many people don’t know about me is that I’ve fit the description before. I must say, first, that the description is bullshit. This so-called description is usually “A BM (Black Male), age 7–87, 80–380 pounds, somewhere between 4 and 7 feet tall, Black Hair, Brown…