Abolition for the People

Losing My Son to Police Violence: A Conversation With Gwendolyn Woods

In a candid conversation with Kiese Laymon, Mario Woods’ mother reflects on his life — and the violence that robbed him of his future

If they didn’t annihilate my son, what did they do? If that doesn’t look like an execution, tell me what it looks like?

I birthed my baby. I loved my baby. They shot so many holes in my baby’s body.

Kiese Laymon is the author of the forthcoming memoir, Heavy. He is also the author of Long Division and How to Slowly Kill Yourselves and Others in America.