Mikael “Mik” Awake is an Ethiopian-American writer and educator based in New York. His fiction and essays have appeared in GQ, McSweeney’s Quarterly, The Common, Callaloo, and other outlets. With Daniel R. Day, he is the co-author of Dapper Dan: Made in Harlem.
A Points South essay from the Place Issue
Stop ignoring your body while you have one, you tell yourself. Stop succumbing to despairing visions of genocide. Pause the video of George Floyd’s strangled voice calling out for his mother, begging for air. Take the air left in your chest, run. In the midst of a disease that continues snatching Black breath, run.