Roxane Gay on Resisting Numbness

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There is a new name to add to this list—Alton B. Sterling, 37, killed by police officers in Baton Rouge, La. It is a bitter reality that there will always be a new name to that list. Black lives matter, and then in an instant, they don’t.

For the New York Times, Roxane Gay contemplates the exhaustion of continually bearing witness to police brutality and injustice, and the importance of continuing to feel pain and horror regardless.


Katie O'Brien is an English major at Cornell University, where she writes for kitsch magazine, DJs for a rock station, and complains about the cold. Find her on Twitter @abluekite. More from this author →