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Mumia Abu-Jamal

“After One Hundred Thousand.”

What happens when the counter strikes one hundred thousand? Nothing. One hundred thousand Americans dead. That means for all intents and purposes, nothing much. 

So does the counter stop counting? Or does it continue rolling on like the mighty Mississippi river. Is one hundred thousand an end, or just another number. And then summer begins to emerge. And people rush out of doors to get some “socializing” in. What happens in the next two weeks? A spike? A dozen Spikes? It must be said that even as the official number strikes one hundred thousand, the official number isn’t the real one.

For the US, you’re so stingy with testing. There’s thousands of people, some who died at home or never tested. How many homeless people have died? And do you really think they get tested?

In times like these, all people are not created equal. For Black folk, this has been a time of irreparable loss. For many of the workers, cleaners, nurses, orderlies, bus drivers, cab drivers, and the like. Their work was on the front lines of the contagion and the coronavirus. 

As America now opens its doors, what will they find? A new day or more death? From imprisoned nation, this is Mumia Abu-Jamal. 

These commentaries are recorded by Noelle Hanrahan of Prison Radio.