Freedom dreams are grown and nurtured out of the hardest, barely yielding soul. Our gardens must grow. That is a metaphor and a literal truth. When the bruised and battered seek refuge from the storm, may all of us who believe in freedom remain ready to feed and sustain them.
Religion & Politics Editor Marie Griffith sat down with Glaude for an interview. His words are more presicent than ever today as the country confronts mass protests over the latest killings of black men and women, most famously Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd.
Sarah talks to Princeton professor Dr. Eddie S. Glaude Jr. about the country's response to the killing of George Floyd, the significant difference between passive and active support, and the lessons that can be learned from the #MeToo movement in the fight for racial equality.
I suggest that one approach would be to make a distinction between listening to black living and to black life. Listening to black living means not solely listening for what the victim or perpetrator has to say, but also attending to the entire soundscape. This is a sonic terrain of sociality that is irreducible to a quote; it can’t be circulated on social media or mobilized as a proxy for politics. To listen to black living is to hear what endures long after the video has stopped or the scene of murder has been cleared.