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The burden of acknowledging strangers sharing your air space

Two black men in front of an open elevator full of people.
Two black men in front of an open elevator full of people.
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One 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 person.

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