We are sharing this an essay written by Hawa Allan, for the Lapham’s Quarterly. Allan, who is a writer of cultural criticism and fiction whose work has appeared in the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Review of Books, Salon, and Transition, among other places. She is Essays Editor at The Offing as well as a graduate of Columbia Law School, where she was a fellow at the Center for the Study of Law and Culture. that went up online at This essay reflects on the policing in Cleveland during the Republican Convention and Allan’s experiences attending the first national conference of the Movement for Black Lives held in the city last year.
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