Rutgers University professor Dr. Brittney Cooper, in her memoir/social commentary Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower, unpacks key moments of her life in the context of Black Feminism within the American patriarchy. She describes complex relationships with peers, family members, and policies, and (at one point) suggests, “Perhaps we could start with empathy.”
For white friends who are new to racial justice issues, here is a summary of what I have learned by listening to Black People over the past few years and the past several days. If we're in it for real, we're in it for the long haul.
These lists are a little of what I'm holding as April comes to a close. What items are on your lists?
Thursday is one of the days when I participate in a weekly online professional gathering at noon. This week's topic was navigating disorientation, something we all seem to be able to relate to these days. My wise psychologist colleagues pointed out how routines serve to ground us and help us mark time. This insight has me thinking about ways I can introduce additional day-of-the-week routines to my current state of being. Are you feeling disoriented about what day and/or date it is? Do you have daily rituals that help you mark time? What routines do you find helpful or comforting?
Throughout this difficult time (and maybe more this past week than previously), my emotions have been ping-ponging around to stress, fear, anxiety, grief and occasionally a sense of security or normalcy. No wonder I'm exhausted by day's end. How have you been experiencing these strange days? What's keeping you grounded and connected to gratitude?