The recent tragedies and subsequent protests are indicative of a long, systemic history of racism. There are many, many things we need to do on a nationwide scale to repair our inherent brokenness, but we can each do work individually. We must work—actively work—to become actively anti-racist. One of the most important ways to do this, for my fellow white brothers and sisters, is to listen, really listen, to our brothers and sisters of color.
Recently a friend admitted that she had a strange reaction to the coronavirus crisis. “For the last few weeks it seems I’ve taken most of my feelings: sadness, happiness, anxiety, excitement, and put them in a little box in the closet. I’ve told myself that when this crazy cruise ship docks I can have my big feelings again but for now I’ll just go into robot-caretaker mode. But it seems that, like Gilligan’s island, this is no longer a three-hour cruise. The whole show is going to be about what happens on the island.”
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