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What I’ve Learned About Mothering Black Boys in America

No matter how many say so, my sons, you are not a problem

BBetween me and these others — who utter the sentence — the indelicate assertion hangs midair. Without hesitation, they speculate as if it is a statement of fact. I look into their wide eyes. I see them hungry for my suffering, or crude with sympathy, or grateful they are not…



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Imani Perry

Hughes Rogers Professor of African American Studies at Princeton