“I have been involved in countless discussions among community leaders, mostly white, about the race-based gaps in Minnesota in education, health care, income, unemployment, and just about every other aspect of life. People express concern. People wonder about the causes and the cures. People rarely use the one phrase that is truly explanatory: a long history of systemic and pervasive racism in a state that likes to think of itself as progressive. That reality needs to be named before it can be addressed.” 05/28/2020
https://www.berfrois.com/2011/11/michael-katz-urban-collision/A long summary of MK’s book Why don’t American cities burn?
I loved this site anyway. Now they’ve published the work of one of my students! Love ’em more. (This was a great assignment for my history course during the pandemic.)
MR had turned me onto this book many years ago. These frames capture much of the noise in my mind and are also why I exercise.
Asking certain people to stay home for the sake of society is absurd, because these are people society has never cared about. ‘‘Stay home so people won’t die’’ is a hell of a thing to say to those who are dying of hunger. I keep thinking about floods, and how only after the waters recede do the bodies of the drowned become visible.
I loved this book. Some quotes I’ll churn on in the coming years:
Ole Thorstensen and Seán Kinsella, Making Things Right: A Master Carpenter at Work, (London: McMillan, 2018.)
“The artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without work.” —Émile Zola