Two years ago, life was very different. I was in the midst of a cross-country move and a big job change and at the same time I was so impressed with all of the social justice/art/expression blogs that I came across on a daily basis. My life grew more hectic, with less time for blogging, and I became convinced that the small corner of the internet that was Parading Around wasn’t really needed. There were other voices addressing the issues I brought up. Was I really contributing to anything? I let my blog go, and chose instead to focus on my career in the education nonprofit sector, a few other side projects, and political actions.
Fast forward to November 8, 2016. We all know how that went. To me, that night watching the numbers roll in…it felt like hate won. It still does. We have seen a frightening rise in discriminatory language and actions across the country and the past month has been one of uncertainty and fear for minority groups. The oppressive actions taken by the president towards Muslims, refugees, and transgender youth, to name a few, is unacceptable and un-American. The approval of cabinet members with no prior experience, and a few who would like to see the end of the very departments they are now leading, is despicable. In a little over a month, America has transformed back into a country of exclusion and discrimination that is likely to continue for the next fours years to come.
But we have also seen resistance.
Four years is a long time. In deciding to reactivate this blog, I asked myself one thing–would I really be contributing to anything? Well, at this point, every voice matters. YOURS and mine included. The more we hear from each other, the more we can bridge understandings to cultivate much-needed compassion.
Make no mistake–the marches we have seen in the past month are their own parades of solidarity, identity, and patriotism. Upcoming posts will highlight stories of unity and resistance in Greater Boston and showcase forms of art dedicated to uplifting and embracing the multitudes of human identity.
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