Santa Marta, a beach town on Colombia’s Caribbean coast, was a nice change of scenery. The actual city center is a bit gritty and loud, and of course it’s unfathomably hot and humid there, but watching the sunset from the pier, Scuba diving for the first time and making new friends who invited me out for vegan food and to Afro-Caribbean dance classes was EXACTLY what I needed!
During Medellin’s 164 day self-isolation, which included many days where we weren’t even allowed to go outside to walk or exercise, I made a vision board. My vision board is the product of self-isolation induced free-time, a craving for creative expression and a desire to put together some sort of “life plan” amidst the chaos that is 2020.
I am not sure what to do with the feelings of confusion, anger, sadness, disbelief and loss that I am still sitting in. My hope is that writing about this situation will not only help me process the emotions it evoked, but will also help others who are confronting family and friends who oppose Black Lives Matter.
I have been self-isolating in Medellín since March 20, 2020. Over the past 4+ months, I have gotten very familiar with the domicillio vegano (vegan home delivery) options near me. Here are my favorite domicillio vegano options in Medellín.
For my 31st birthday, I have decided to share 31 things about 31 year old me!
Socialism Resources coming soon!
It has taken me longer than I would have liked to publish this post. I have been grappling with exactly what to say, and how to say it, for over a month. I know it will change, possibly even end, some of my relationships. That is a risk I am willing to take because Black Lives Matter.
Here is a list of resources for UN-learning and RE-learning history!
Unlearning and relearning history is vital to understanding how we got to where we are today. We must understand our history, our true history, before we can dismantle white supremacy and make America anti-racist.
Here is a list of resources to understand what it means to be anti-racist and how to do better… We must do better.
“The opposite of racist isn’t ‘not racist.’ It is ‘anti-racist.’ What’s the difference? One endorses either the idea of a racial hierarchy as a racist, or racial equality as an anti-racist. One either believes problems are rooted in groups of people, as a racist, or locates the roots of problems in power and policies, as an anti-racist. One either allows racial inequities to persevere, as a racist, or confronts racial inequities, as an anti-racist. There is no in-between safe space of ‘not racist.” Ibram X. Kendi
Please also visit the history resource page. In America we are taught a very whitewashed version of history. Unlearning and relearning history is vital to anti-racism.