A lot has happened in our world since my last post back in February: the death of two unforgettable icons, Muhammad Ali and the artist formerly known as Prince; the controversial performance of Beyonce’s “Formation” at the Super Bowl Halftime Show; the conversation surrounding the Stanford rape case; the *personally disappointing* selection of America’s 2016 presidential candidates; and the continuation of tragic events like the Pulse nightclub shooting of 50 LGBTQI persons in Orlando and the back-to-back murders of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, and 11 Dallas peace officers… and that’s hardly the tip of the iceberg. I mean, there’s been some good in the midst of all the bad though– how ’bout those Cavaliers?
In addition to the crippling self-doubt that I often feel when writing, I’ve found it difficult to write or even talk about recent events with my friends and loved ones. All I feel is anger and frustration and helplessness and the latter two don’t usually bring about results. I can’t help thinking of the old folk tale “Henny Penny” where Henny insists that the sky is falling around her because, honestly, that’s how I feel. Of course, it was just an acorn that fell on her head, but what if the sky actually was falling? Would she feel less helpless if she posted about it on Facebook or came up with a clever hashtag to get the king’s attention? Would she just be silent because everyone else is already echoing her concerns? Would she organize a rally to feel empowered or would she stay home from the rally, paralyzed with fear for her life?
What do you do? What do you say and to whom?