Discussion of news topics with a point of view, including narratives by individuals regarding their own experiences

Since the pandemic started, the vulnerability of Black lives has become magnified. The police killings of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Tony McDade and others, combined with the disproportionate number of people of color dying of covid-19, has been overwhelming for me. Amid it all, I have found a sense of safety and care through my connections with other Black women.

Teaching in the pandemic is tough. But after a whole year, there are important takeaways.

I run high-school art classes online and in person

I used to feel ashamed crying in public. Now I embrace it every time.

In 2020, I started keeping my ‘crying diaries’

I used to laugh off anti-Asian jokes. Now, I will stick up for myself every time.

It’s been too easy to downplay racism in the past