I grew up in an all-white neighbothood. I never knew a black person until I was grown. I went to college in Washington, DC which was at lest 90% Black. When I volunteered to teach art to children, the daycare teacher and all the preschool and primary grade children were Black.
I was in college in Washington, DC from 1962 to 1968, years that included the August 28, 1963 “I Have a Dream” speech by Martin Luther King, Jr. and the assassination and death of President John F. Kennedy (November 22, 1963). I stood along the street with the people of Washington, DC as the funeral cortege of the beloved president passed by on November 25, 1963.
It was truly a time of change when there seemed to be great leaders who clearly saw the pain and challenge of Black people in our country and the opportunity to change all of our lives. Events in Minneapolis in June 2020 show that change is still a dream.
Voices crying for the establishment of justice today
Now too there are eloquent voices. These are my favorite Medium writers and publications to read now. Check them out, clap, and follow them
Vanessa Robinson. Vanessa writes clearly and with feeling about her experience of racism in I’m Guilty of Being Black. Her recent articles, What America Needs is Love and George Floyd was in Handcuffs about the murder of George Floyd and its aftermath are backed up by Vanessa’s usual thorough research.
Mayeen Malik’s story Asian Americans Have a Responsibility to Protest George Floyd’s Murder was so excellent that it’s inspiring copycat articles.
As I appreciated these writers, I discovered the publications that included their work. Perhaps you will choose to follow them as I did.
An Injustice is a publication which has published Vanessa Robinson. Another current article calls out spotlight-seekers posting visual brags about their support for Black Tuesday rather than sharing the accomplishments of Black people. Read why one writer doesn’t care about looting. Debbie Walker writes about being erased from her family when she, a white woman, married a Black man.
Breakthrough published Tiffany Amoakahene. There is a section devoted to Race and one focued on Equality. Now you can read articles on Student Loan Debt’s impact, the time Mohammed Ali saved a man from jumping from a building and gender balance in a COVID home.
The time of hte pandemic has been a time to rethink where we have been and choose a new road. The cry of anguish heard and seen in Minneapolis calls for renewal and recommitment ot our values and taking action on them together. This is not a job for a lone wolf but an open empathetic collaborative community. Are you in?
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