Monday Blues and a Call to ActionJuly 15, 2013 5 Comments
This morning we came into the IISC Boston office ready for a two-hour staff meeting and a four-hour training. We sat down, looked around the table, and began with a question not about what was on the agenda, and instead about what was present in the room. The question was: How does the Zimmerman verdict affect us and our work at IISC?
The conversation was a mix of what we know, what we feel, and what is needed. We talked about our families, our children, and our work. Some of us shared that we’d been longing for a space to talk about the Trayvon Martin case all weekend and others of us talked about what it is like to work with and care about people for whom this kind of experience is so new that it evokes shock. Many of us, black and non black, talked about what it is like to raise our black sons. There was real pain in the room and deep longing by some for a place for our children to grow up free. For black boys and young men in particular to be able to just be.
We are frustrated by trying the same old ways to address this and we need to create structural change. Several of us were at the rally in Trayvon’s honor last night in Roxbury and left wanting more and new ways to come together. For some, this weekend’s events highlight ongoing and deep isolation within ourselves and between us – one person was left saddened that no one from their family reached out, and another noticed that their mother in Texas needed space to talk about the verdict. For others, it reaffirms bonds through trauma rather than strength and hope.
We made a decision right then that we were not going to do business as usual on this day. In formal race caucuses and informal conversations, we began to talk about what it would be like if young black boys in particular and young people of color in general knew that no matter where they went, they were SEEN, LOVED, AND SUPPORTED. We see this as a call to action. What do you think it will take? What do you think it will it look like when we get there?
We recognize the urgency and opportunity to respond collectively to this set of events in a way that truly builds toward the future that must emerge.
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