I LOVED your article. Your writing resonated with me and made me feed seen and affirmed. I grew up with a single mom on welfare in the 80s--when the stamps were still paper.
There were so many times when my mom would go grocery shopping in outer ring white suburbs and cashiers had no clue what food stamps were. The manager had to be called. The people behind us, already distressed over sharing space with our Black bodies, became outright hostile about the delays.
Then there is the theft of years off of our lives because of wealth and health disparities. The theft of decades of our lives when we are killed by police, unfairly incarcerated, caged like beasts and forced to work for pennies... the list goes on and on.
Anyway, I just wanted to let you know that I found your work inspiring and will probably write about the tie between stolen time and stolen dignity! I will definitely tag you if I do, and I look forward to reading more from you!