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Shame on You for Making Me Hide My Blackness

For a single day, I needed that sense of security

A multiple exposure photo of a Black man.
Photo: Jonathan Knowles/Getty Images

I’m Black and 6'4" every day, and I’m 210 pounds most days.

Today I awoke with the single objective. Today I would not be Black. As proud as I am and as ironic as it may be, I needed, if only for this day, to be free of the burden I wear that can often be damn near enslaving.

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Arnold Mays Ragas

Arnold Mays Ragas

A husband. A father. A former member of the Georgia House of Representatives. A former judge. Now, an indigent defense attorney winning unwinnable trials.