Even still, calling “everyone” in to witness this story is an acknowledgment that way too many people take its context for granted. As brutally tragic, inhumane, and sad as Browder’s experience was, it is not uncommon. It represents the very real circumstances that too many Black and brown people experience in the United States. Too many of us have already been watching this story in our own neighborhoods in Chicago, New York, Memphis, Detroit, Miami, New Orleans and every other city and town where poor Black communities exist at the mercy of state sanctioned surveillance and violence.
It seems relevant that the series aired on March 1, the day after the official end of Black History Month. Time is a reminder that some of us are Black every month of the year, meaning that we constantly exist at the mercy of a social system that refuses to acknowledge our full humanity. But more importantly, Time won’t allow us to forget that a treacherous history is still being created and recreated right under our noses.