Thursday, June 4, 2020

I Think We're Not in Quarantine Anymore

We're wearing masks and trying to stay away from one another, but we're also taking to the streets and demanding overdue justice and denouncing police brutality.

I've worn my mask to the protests, but I don't think we could call the protests "socially distanced," as we've been wont to call things lately. Sometimes, I guess if you're able, you need to take calculated risks to do greater good? At least that's what I'm telling myself.

In any case, this moment feels like a tipping point to me. I don't know anything, but that's what it feels like. The protests and outrage feel more urgent, more desperate, more widespread, and more obvious: lots of things have got to change and as fast as we can get them to change.

I'm in for the long haul. Olympian Marielle Hall wrote a really excellent piece for Runner's World this week, and she reminds us that "[f]ighting racial injustice in America is an endurance sport. It is going to take time, and sustained focus, to galvanize our communities. Being tired is not enough. The race can be won, but it requires dutiful action from all of us."


LH said...

Fantastic post.

I'm still in quarantine, but things do have to change and I'm going to be part of that change.

jdoc said...
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jdoc said...

Amen to all of this. We are still in quarantine, too. I have done some writing and calling and need to do more. Every day. Endurance sport. So true.

mm said...

Yes. Yes. Although I'm mainly in quarantine, I feel that protesting with a mask is important

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KC said...

Kelley! Thanks for stopping by, and THANKS for reading the book. :)