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Masking While Black Could Be More Dangerous Than the Alternative

Walking through the world becomes even more fraught

A man in a face mask at a station of the Moscow Underground on March 16, 2020. Photo: Valery Sharifulin/Getty Images

I’m an escapist. For decades, I smoked to avoid feeling too much. But with America in its darkest days due to the coronavirus pandemic, there’s no relief from the emotions that envelop me. Everyday scenes take on a grotesque vividity. A package on my doorstep that used…




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Andrew Ricketts

Andrew Ricketts

I’m a Caribbean and American writer from New York. My stories are about coming-of-age, learning how to relate, and family. It’s a living, breathing memoir.

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