Poems, stories, and reflections, written by faculty, staff, and volunteers currently serving in the Village.
CW: white supremacy and violence against people of color
Today is a National Day of Mourning and Lament for the 100,000 people who have died from COVID-19 – a pandemic which has disproportionately affected Black, Indigenous and People of Color and exposed deplorable inequalities in health care.
We also continue to see communities of color across the U.S. fight for their lives against the insidious pandemic of racial violence, white supremacy, and police brutality that has been raging for centuries.
It’s also the beginning of Pride Month, a celebration of the LGBTQIA+ community and a reminder of injustices – particularly at the intersection of racism – that call for change.
I know I have a lot to learn and listen and act on in regards to the interconnectedness of racism, capitalism, colonialism, patriarchy, heteronormativity, and other systems that oppress people. It helps to have a community that shares resources and holds one another accountable to action.
I hope that as we continue to lament and process what is going on in the world, we can act together as a Holden community and continue the lifelong journeys of checking our privileges and working for justice.
1. The Case for Reparations by Ta-Nehisi Coates
2. Who Gets to Be Afraid in America? By Ibram X. Kendi
3. America’s Racial Contract is Showing by Adam Serwer
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Callie Mabry is Writer/Editor at Holden Village. This column was originally published on June 1, 2020 in a daily newsletter, "The Quarantine Quarter," which is compiled by various staff members and sent to all Villagers.