Joshua Aiken is a writer whose work has been featured in publications such as Nepantla, Assaracus, Cactus Heart, juked, TENDERLOIN, and the Winter Tangerine Review. He is the former Policy Fellow at the Prison Policy Initiative and received graduate degrees in History and Forced Migration from the University of Oxford. He now lives in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala.
In today's America, every season is bloody and Black death is the norm. Aiken challenges the stereotyped image of a "progressive" New England in this essay. When the normal operations of power sanction violence, what does it mean to mourn?