This Is Us

As a Black Man in America, I Am Done Running

The way white people see me is not how I see myself

Lumumba Shabazz
Human Parts
Published in
11 min readMay 31, 2020


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You wanna know a secret? Whenever I get stressed, I work. I work a lot.

As a soldier during the first Gulf War, I volunteered to burn shit in huge drums of kerosene because it was the only duty that would allow me the freedom and time…