The supermarket cart boy in front of the store smiled in a way he knew to be flirting. There were all these beautiful boys in Florida, and they kept smiling at him! Most of them were blond, tall, thin and tanned; they wore cowboy boots or just gym shorts and seemed to move with an effortless grace.

Cowardice convinced us to stay in the same ground, in our safe zone; a zone where we both know we’d always last. Little did we know that ‘safe’ is not at all tantamount to painless, for it still hurt, it still hurt us countless times.

Any black person can be the next hashtag on twitter, and the next name added along side of Oscar Grant, Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Sandra Bland and all of the other black lives that were cut short.