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Why is it that, when black suffering and death are centered, they are almost always forced into a conversation that focuses on the experiences of nonblacks? Although this essay draws on collective experiences in the United States and in Brazil, it is more concerned with the realm of possibilities rather than fully actualized, embodied practices. Elusive as it may seem, freedom as an ethical imperative animates this exercise. The focus on freedom, even as an unrealized, perhaps unrealizable condition, forces readers to move beyond, if not against, the very grammars, practices, and traditional claims of justice.

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