Tuesday, December 6

The System is Working Just Fine

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Went to sleep tight.
Woke up tight.
The mental gymnastics required to even function as a Black person in Columbus, Ohio right now is ridiculous.
More less function in
Youth advocacy and care.
Activism.
Organizing.
Any professional setting.
Raising your child.
Sitting on virtual meetings.
Caring for others.
Getting out of bed.
And being asked to do so
In the face of an officer who clearly is not from our community.
Who does not understand how many levels there are to de escalation in the face of a group fight.
That we even have to debate that.
I’m not going to debate that.
And y’all want us to get up.
Bathe.
Eat.
Speak.
Function.
Be articulate.
Care for our families.
Mourn some more.
Run our businesses.
Hold space.
Forgive all your microaggressions.
Educate all your bias.
Coddle your tears.
Like, come on.
Come onnnnnn.
I heard so many Black women say idk what they want me to do.
To Black people in Columbus today
Find your moments to breathe.
Be off camera.
Do what you have to do for you first.
I know a lot of you are up and ready right now.
I am too.
And please, take moments today.
Don’t watch the footage if you can avoid it.
Step away from social media at some point.
Don’t read news comments under the video.
Don’t engage with trolls who don’t value human life.
Call on your Folx.
Say no.
Set your boundaries.
Protect your energy.
Journal.
Eat.
Pick up the phone and say what you need.
Don’t apologize for being a wreck.
Check on your village if you have the energy.
You don’t have to have the answers.
Relax your shoulders.
Breathe.
Remember.
Find the life inside you.
Connect to it.
Remember.
The system is doing what it is designed to do.
It is not broken.
It is designed to try and break us.
The system is working just fine.

About Author

Karen Hewitt is a perpetual learner and educator. Ze thrives in building community and relationships that expand the individual, the community, and organizations. Karen is a practitioner and facilitator in the spaces of Leadership Development, Organizational Development, Transformative Justice, and Healing. Specific to Diversity Management, Karen specializes in Anti-Racism, Gender and Sexuality, and Intersectionality. She is a non-negotiable stand for the most marginalized and centers the experiences of Black, Queer, Trans, Enby (Non-Binary), and NGC (Non-Gender Conforming) individuals and communities. She is an invitation into what is possible when we connect with our inner radiance. As an artist, ze is a published author, poet, creative, and musician. Musically, she sings, drums, and uses her voice to unlock permission to thrive. Karen's articles have appeared in the Columbus Dispatch, Cultural Daily, The Buckeye Flame, and most recently, Leadership Columbus' monthly blog, LC Today. Karen Marie is her pen name and she was one of eleven authors published in a collective work entitled, The Black Woman's Guide to Love and Business. She has also published two poetry books, Grounded (2018) and Fire: Poetic Memoirs of a Movement (2021). Karen is a 2020 recipient of the Create Columbus Columbus Visionary Award, a 2021 Cohort Poet in Scott Woods' Rhapsody and Refrain, an ensemble member to Counterfeit Madison's 2020 Aretha Franklin Tribute, and was recently named a 2022 Columbus CEO Future 50 cohort member. Karen Marie just recently produced her book launch show for her second poetry book to a sold out Club Lincoln at the historic Columbus Lincoln Theatre, on April 2nd, 2022.

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