2019年11月30日 星期六

Race/Related: One Simple Question

What have we learned in 2019?
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By Lauretta Charlton

Race/Related Editor

And just like that, the year is almost behind us. Another turkey has been pardoned and another holiday season has begun. But what have we learned in 2019?

Multiple synagogues were attacked. A racist manifesto was circulated on a college campus. Elected officials, all women of color, were told to “go back” to where they came from.

But also, Montgomery, Ala., elected its first black mayor, and The New York Times Magazine published its groundbreaking 1619 project, to observe the 400th anniversary of the beginning of American slavery.

I like to think that the purpose of this newsletter is to ask one simple question: What would it take to bring us all closer together? That could make us less afraid of the things and places and people we do not know, who may look and act differently. And have a little more patience and empathy for the lives and experiences of others.

I sometimes worry that the answer is becoming more elusive. That the daily goings-on, the rush to get here and there, are making it all more difficult to see through.

I, of course, would never be so bold as to suggest that I have the answers. There is no silver bullet, and anyone who professes to have one probably has a bridge to sell.

But I’m encouraged by all the letters that we receive from readers who are equally enthralled by the idea that it is possible to bring a little more sanity into the world. To make it a little more difficult for the hate that we see to take root and spread and infect more minds.

So, I would like to say thank you for being on this journey with me and the Race/Related crew.

Have a wonderful holiday weekend.

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