Monday, April 12

Intersections

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I stand here

On the edge of many intersections.

Reckoning.
With pride.
With so much pride in who I am.

All the experiences that have shaped me.
That have hurt me.
Times when I have hurt others and hurt myself.

I hold weight for generations that I hope to undo.
Of shame and embarrassment and hope.
Hope for a future that is hard to see unfolding.
Hope for a world that has equity and beautiful diversity.
Hope in hopelessness.

Grounding in chaos.

I see us trying to reckon with years of oppression.
Years of race underlying and acting like it doesn’t exist.
Years of pretending not to see what is right in front of us.
Years of pain.

I move forward knowing that change is on the precipice.
It
Is
Right
Here
Asking us to acknowledge it.
Own it.

Accountability.
I’m here for it.
Knowing that if we actually do get it
We can move forward.

We can shift.

It’s actually a choice.
Your choice to stand on the right side of history.
Pushed down.
Pushed out.
Let that push us forward.
Our resilience is still right here.

We are still right here.

And this is where the healing begins.

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About Author

Karen Hewitt

Karen Hewitt is committed to doing the work of holding space to create connection, belonging, and community. Ze currently serves as Deputy Director for Kaleidoscope Youth Center; and additionally facilitates and consults in the areas of Anti-Racism and Diversity Management through K Hewitt Consulting. Karen is also a creative. She is a 2020 recipient of the Create Columbus Visionary Award, a 2021 Cohort Poet in Scott Woods’ Rhapsody and Refrain, and an ensemble member in Counterfeit Madison’s Aretha Franklin Tribute; which performed in front of a sold out Lincoln Theatre in February 2020. In 2019, Karen self- published hir first book of poetry, Grounded; and is excited to release Fire: Poetic Memoirs of a Movement in 2021. Karen serves on numerous committees, commissions, and collectives to further advance the work of racial and social justice, and to foster visibility and representation for Black, Queer, Women (presenting), Non-Gender Conforming and Non-Binary individuals and communities. Her work and presence compels others to journey inward, and encourages them to see the world in more expansive and hopeful ways. She is a non-negotiable stand for the most marginalized and the dignity and value of every human life.

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