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This week’s Pause is written by Krista:

Dear friends, 

I’ve been thinking a great deal this past year — and with new intensity these past weeks as the murder trial of Derek Chauvin began to unfold here in Minneapolis — about the shape and sweep and meaning of time. I can’t help but wonder what humanity will see a century from now — and not see — when they look back at our generation in time, all of us alive now.

I lived in divided Berlin in my 20s. And after the Wall in that city fell in 1989, I never imagined that there would be another event in my lifetime which would so clearly signify a Before and an After for the whole world. But the murder of George Floyd, in the context of the last year, was such a turning point and Minneapolis a new kind of ground zero. 

What happened here rippled out across this city and then across the world. What happened here was about our world. And what was world-changing is, in large part, what started to happen inside many of us. 

Ever after, when I use the word “we” or “us,” I understand in a whole new way that I do so in a White body. I will be walking and living and working with that understanding for the rest of my life. And — both/and — I hold that knowledge together with my clarity that when time becomes history, the generations for whom we are the ancestors will see an “us.”

We watched the murder of George Floyd almost a year ago all together, with our hearts and beings softened by the species-level trauma of the pandemic. There was a new quality of seeing — of more of us moving from being spectators, as Rabbi Ariel Burger might say, to bearing witness. A hope was unleashed, and a muscular commitment and calling that crossed so many of our divides: that we must and would create a world worthy for all of our children — all of our children — to inhabit.

My pain and fear walking into the Chauvin trial has been a sense that that hope was betrayed — that muscular commitment delayed, at best — by all the other dramas of 2020 that followed. And the horror of what happened to George Floyd was not fundamentally new. It had happened before, and it has happened since, even in Minneapolis, where our hearts are breaking anew. Say his name: Daunte Wright. 

And — both/and — from the Healing Our City virtual prayer tent I’m attending in Minneapolis every morning right now, to the conversations I have on air and off, to the  wise and graceful lives I encounter in this far-flung community of On Being, I keep rediscovering that hope and that fierce commitment still alive and growing. I am persuaded that indeed enough of us are preparing to be the generation, in bodies of every color, ready after so many generations of betrayal and blindness, to step onto that long arc of the moral universe that Martin Luther King Jr. invoked — and bend it, bend it, towards justice and towards the Beloved Community.

As a companion for that long arc of work both within us and in the world around, we’re turning this week to the conversation I had with Resmaa Menakem a year ago. It has been an anchor for so many, and now amidst new traumas and fresh pain we feel the need for Resmaa’s grounded wisdom anew. I’m also so pleased to point you below to a few of the offerings from Healing Our City — short reflections by former On Being guests Rami Nashashibi and Ruby Sales, and by Konda Mason who is on our board, which we also call our Wisdom Council.

Thank you for being my far flung wisdom council, too, and part of my beloved community.

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- Krista 

 

 

 


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The therapist and trauma specialist with old wisdom and very new science about our bodies and nervous systems and all we condense into the word “race.”

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