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If I Walk Onto Your Elevator, Don’t Expect the Nod

The burden of acknowledging strangers sharing your air space

Two black men in front of an open elevator full of people.
Photo: FG Trade/Getty Images

OOne night at a party recently, I found myself in a conversation that had a familiar, unsettling effect on me. The man I was talking to — like so many strangers, social media commenters, even friends, lovers, and family members before him — left me wondering if I’m a terrible…

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Jeremy Helligar

Jeremy Helligar

Brother Son Husband Friend Loner Minimalist World Traveler. Author of “Is It True What They Say About Black Men?” and “Storms in Africa” https://rb.gy/3mthoj