WIL in Lockdown
9 June 2020
This is America - Childish Gambino
How are you feeling today?Sad, angry, and hopeful. I kept pushing off submitting my lockdown story submission because I wasn't sure what to add, and the view out my window is okay but not terribly inspiring. However, the events of the last few weeks have dramatically shifted my experience of the COVID-19 pandemic. After the most recent instances of police murdering Black women and men, including members of the trans community, protests have occurred daily in all 50 states of the United States in solidarity with Black Lives Matter.
This shift in behavior from being at home to being out on the streets is cause for some cognitive dissonance. We were staying at home and following social distancing rules in order to take care of ourselves but also to care for others. Now, it is clear that while the virus is still very much a threat, there is an imperative to be present for those who have suffered systemic racism and police brutality. For those who can, we now leave our houses to be on the street with others in order to care for others, and to use privilege as a tool to for change.
What are you most thankful for?I am grateful for my health, and that of my friends, family, and neighbors. I am grateful for the tools of communication that have made it possible to continue to teach through the end of the semester, work with clients, and connect with friends around the world. Grateful that I have been able to reconnect to a practice of meditation, focusing on breath and breathing. Grateful I can breathe.
What are your hopes for the future?That we don't pick up where we left off. This time has upended all of our day-to-day routines, and can be a time to question what we want to return to, and what we want to change. How do we support working parents and caregivers? How do we learn to be supportive of our communities through education and equitable design practices?
“We’re all under the same sky and walk the same earth; we’re alive together during the same moment.”
Maxine Hong Kingston, ‘The Woman Warrior’
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