Today is a hopeful day, it's Good Friday and our very first anniversary at J Reed Consulting!
It also reminds us of the violence and inequity we still must eliminate in our society. Yesterday, many of us witnessed the vivid assault on democracy that happened in Tennessee. Their statehouse has expelled two Black politicians who were involved in protests supporting gun control legislation. This latest political action is one of several public-facing incidents of racism and anti-Blackness in the U.S. this week.
The LSU Women's Basketball team has just had a national title win. Yet, countless insults and critiques have been rallied against Angel Reese, one of the starting lineup. Specifically, Reese has had to defend a gesture directed towards Caitlin Clark, an opposing team member they played against in the final game. This conversation points to the long-standing history of misogyny often directed at Black women and femmes in the United States.
This is why more than ever, we need to celebrate how Black people continue to shine in a society that constantly diminishes their self-worth and humanity. Recently, New Orleans Teens Solve “impossible” Mathematical Equation, Calcea Johnson and Ne’Kiya Jackson of St. Mary’s Academy made significant strides in the world of academia after solving a mathematical equation involving the Pythagorean Theorem that has stumped mathematicians for the last 2,000 years.
Watching the Masaka Kids Africana perform “This is Africa” can also create a burst of much-needed joy as we go into the weekend reckoning with all the ways our society impacts us and those we love. We can also begin to explore what many scientists call the ecological turn as we develop new ways to learn how to be an ethical earth dweller for the other living orgasms that surround us.