Why I Moved to Kuwait

Black Migration and the Destruction of Empire

Nineteenth-century American painter Thomas Cole’s painting of Rome called“Destruction.” It is the fourth in a series of five paintings called “The Course of Empire.”

I saw the news about George Floyd’s lynching when I woke up this morning for the dawn prayer. My initial reaction to lynchings has generally followed the same pattern. Shock. Numbness. Anger. Despair. Prayer. Resolve. More anger. More despair. An impossible hope. Hearing about lynchings from abroad, however, has changed how I process and respond to…