What would life look like for Black folks if police didn’t exist? If police did not exist Black people would feel free. Free to go about our lives without fear. To be who we truly are as individuals in public spaces that are normally dominated by white folks and often drowning in white supremacy. To hold our heads high in these spaces without feeling judged, looked down upon, or made to feel like we’ve done something wrong just by the simple act of breathing. “(iKnowFolksAss) The Interlude” gives us an extreme, abstract glimpse into an urban Afrofuturist reality where the community holds the power now that police no longer exist.
Our ability to win every war we don’t deserve to be in shows the persistence of our love for our future. We battle and still build community. We fall and still create the path for our children and the world they need next. We aren’t vanishing like you want. We aren’t the death of your ignorance. We are angels destined to change society in the form of delinquents. We are the answer to unchanged histories you know of. We simply are.
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Isiah ThoughtPoet Veney is a photographer and writer from the Chatham and Burnside area. Ever since his highlighted works with Truestar Magazine showcasing Chicago’s musical talent he has been on a mission to capture and express powerful opinions and perceptions through imagery and writing of the Black experience. He currently lives in West Englewood, and was recently included in the Weekly feature “Who Are the Organizers?”
Assistant photographer: Journee Cuffi @whoisjournee;Photo styling: Ariana Bailey @ari_fauna; Makeup: Tiara Déshané @countingtiaras; Jade Landon @maryjade_773; Models: T Banks @Tbanksmultis; Calypso Simone @hoodpiscesheaux; @lisadecibel; @leevstree; Schenay Mosley @SchenayMosley; Naira @naira.bills (IG) @supernaira (Twitter); Solo the Dweeb; Sohaan Goss; Johari Osayi Idusuy, @iiosayijoii; Max Thomas