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Sleep in the Time of Social Justice

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Vitor Koshimot When pandemic lockdown fell like a blanket over the country in March 2020, Justice McCray thought maybe they’d have time to finally get some rest. Sleep had been elusive for a while. “But between COVID anxiety and the heightened awareness of what it meant to be Black in the world around me, all these things increased my anxiety,” says McCray, a librarian and activist who is running for Beacon city council. McCray had a hard time going outside after hearing the story of Ahmaud Arbery, a 25-year-old Black man who was shot and killed in Georgia while he was out jogging. And after hearing what had happened to Breonna Taylor, a Black medical worker from Kentucky who was killed by police in her home in the middle of the night, it was hard to be inside, too. “Just knowing that at any point, that could be my fate, too—that is something that keeps you up,” McCray says. “I don’t think there was any way for me to feel safe without disassociating from my own identity. It was this cycle of torment within myself, and not because of anything I chose, but because of how my identity presents […]

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