On Hillsborough and How We Ascribe Value to Certain Lives

A few thoughts on The 96 and seeing the full human person. The thing about home is that it’s supposed to be safe. The paths and street corners become route and the faces intimately known so as to insure us from the idea of threats. Everything doesn’t just feel normal, it is. And the thing about home is that even if it’s imperfect or there are places you may not want to always go or people that you’ve run into that you don’t want to run into again, it’s still the place that nurtured you and gave you a place to lay your head and your first kiss and first heart break and people to put you back together after falling apart. So when someone tells you that the place you grew up is “ghetto” or asks you how you survive or recoils in shock when you mention its name, it cuts to the center of us...

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