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Malachi O'Doherty

I once passed a counterfeit note, just like George Floyd, but no one tried to squeeze the life out of me

Malachi O'Doherty


Every time that race riots erupt in the States, the reason is always the same: police brutality

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The last time I was in Washington was four years ago. I have been to the United States a few times, but not a lot. I had been to Baltimore on that trip and stayed with friends from the university. I had met them through the John Hewitt Summer School. They had invited me to do a reading in a wee theatre and to interact with some of the artistic community.

What brought the Washington part of the trip back to mind was the report that someone had started a fire in the basement of St John's Church near the White House. It's called the Church of the Presidents, because Abraham Lincoln worshipped there.

I was taken to the church by Michael McDowell. Michael lived then in the Chevy Chase area of the city with his wife Susan.