This posts is about the 60th anniversary of President John Kennedy’s assassination, which was three days ago. This would have been more timely if I had posted it on the anniversary. But I wanted you to read this so I waited until after the holiday. Who reads a newsletter on Thanksgiving, right?
Thanks for your heartfelt note Molly. I feel your sadness. “We took care of all that (racism) years ago.” A few years ago I had a brilliant doctor, an infectious disease specialist, say to me in bewilderment’ “Why are you doing this work? Haven’t we solved all those problems? Isn’t everything ok now?” Legally…sorta. But there’s the problem right there. Ignorance is a terrible thing.
I read this morning that, thanks to the loss of affirmative action, companies and institutions are increasingly, actively shying away from DEI. Such a sea change from what felt perhaps momentarily like a renewed opportunity for forward movement in the wake of George Floyd’s death. In hindsight, those protests were so fleeting and ephemeral. I feel like we driven by force to forget the most important issues by a news cycle suffering from serious attention deficit disorder, and yet browbeaten by the same frenetic news cycle into not being allowed to have a break from unimportant-at-this-very-moment topics like the presidential election cycle. Americans are never allowed a break from being told to train their eyes always and forever on that top seat, above all else, and overlook the suffering and injustice of our fellow Americans because we are all supposed to worship the “democratic process”. I’m so weary of their notions: always pay attention to the humble, or not so humble, white guys who want to preside over you. Do not concern yourselves with “Racism”. Sure, we took care of all that legally years ago anyway.
I’ve shared this post, and will keep sharing. And I will be sure that I, a child of privilege, steps up beside my cousins for what is just. Thank you for this project, Wayne.