Series: White People Homework (25) Forever Young

A little mom boast: I’m proud of my sons for helping teach me and lead me in ways I didn’t anticipate, but joyfully embrace. From their corrections and discussions to help me better understand transgender friends, their role in the world and their participation in the #BLM protests, readings, and writings. I know first-hand that Seattle is not a “hot mess” according to one Fox viewer who told me so. I mean, well, it is a mess, because the homeless and income disparities and the police violence, you know — that mess, so yes, it is a mess, but #CHOP and #CHAZ were like a big street party. But it’s not peace–it’s power to peace, power to love, and power of protest.

Young Asians and Latinos push their parents to acknowledge racism amid protests

Young organizers led N.Y.’s protests. Now they’re taking charge of policy change.

And this is from 2018: 10 Times Youth Activists Made A Difference

And Ben & Jerry’s has been doing some great work to help educate us: From Slavery to Mass Incarceration (but I and my family knew this because we love Ben & Jerry’s and Ben and Jerry’s loves Bernie.)

I remember when I was little, I asked my mom why/how did the Vietnam war end, and one of the first reasons she cited was the protests. That the American people did not want this war, and wanted it to end. But now we’re facing bigger threats: a very old one, and a new one: systemic racism and COVID19. I have to hold onto hope that knowledge, love, and truth will prevail. I have to believe that more people are doing good work, lending their voices and and energy to create the world they want to live in. And here’s the secret: those who are not doing the work, or in fact counter-attacking, will also receive the benefits and joy of a better world. It doesn’t seem fair, does it?

U.S. coronavirus deaths now surpass fatalities in the Vietnam War

Update: the virus has now killed over 120,000 people in the United States:

Your homework: read more about Audre Lorde, protests in the United States, the murders of men and women by police in our nation (Fred Hampton is a place to start).

Illustration by Meredith Stern: Find on the Teaching Tolerance Website