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Death Has Become a Political Prop

After so many months of casualties, the only deaths we talk about are the ones that carry a message

Chadwick Boseman. Photo: Jason LaVeris/Getty Images

In the early months of the pandemic, in an effort to pace myself when consuming the torrent of news, I allowed myself to read the charts only once a day. Every night before bed, I would dive in, studying the latest case counts and death…




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Hanif Abdurraqib

Hanif Abdurraqib

Poet. Writer. | Ohioan.

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