This week marks the anniversary of the murder of George Floyd. Last summer’s large-scale protests have ended, calls to defund the police have subsided, and white Americans’ support for Black Lives Matter
has declined. Then we have the absurd: Amy Cooper
is suing her former employer for racial discrimination. None of this, of course, is a surprise.
As you reflect and consider your next steps, please consider reading this week’s lead article, “Stop Hustling Black Death
.” It’s a profile of Samaria Rice, mother of Tamir, who was murdered in 2014 when he was 12. Ms. Rice challenges the repetitive, performative actions taken by white journalists and Black national leaders (including BLM) after Black men and Black boys are killed by the police. She’s a mom, she says, and she has no desire being a “mother of the movement.”
If that piece is too much for you today, take in some wisdom
from our elders, contemplate the power of envy
, and find out how you can help your pet
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