In June, President Vincent Price published a statement about anti-racist initiatives. In December, Duke's alumni magazine published a letter to the editor that gaslighted anti-Black oppression, shamed BIPOC for their marginalization and demonstrated overt racism.
So when I talk about lungs, I'm working to not automatically think of my own mortality and the crumbling of our organs into ash. Instead, I'm beginning to see the breath and life that I receive and circulate and give—the parts of humanity that are beautiful, immortal, timeless.
The past couple of days have been a master class in how to take action without actually listening.