Note: I felt called to write this original piece in December 2014, following the non-indictment of the police officer who killed Eric Garner. Some language has been updated, and the picture was edited to include George Floyd, the Black man killed by a Minneapolis police officer in May 2020.

(Written on the night of August 6, 2015)

Tonight, I walked through Ferguson.

The stage was set at the Hillel Institute at Washington University in St. Louis — we heard stories about marching in Selma 50 years ago, talked about the work of the Black Lives Matter movement, and raised…

“Even amid the pain, fear, and destruction I had experienced and inflicted in these streets, there was still hope.” — Shaka Senghor, Writing My Wrongs

People like to talk a lot about “the system”. It’s this big, ambiguous thing in our lives that controls everything: politics, schools, housing, transportation, healthcare…

A book review of Peter Cameron’s “Someday This Pain Will Be Useful To You”

What precisely were you doing during July 24–30, 2003? Not quite sure? Maybe just a vague picture? Yeah, same. But all we need is six days (with some occasional flashbacks) to get a clear picture of a blurry young man, struggling to understand his place in the world. Our fictional…

Evan Traylor

Evan Traylor is a community builder, educator, activist, and innovator who strives to bring more love, justice, and truth into the world.

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