Academic journal article South: A Scholarly Journal

Holding Pattern

Academic journal article South: A Scholarly Journal

Holding Pattern

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Toni Morrison once wrote, "there were no marigolds in the spring of 1941" (The Bluest Eye, 1). Her object in that book was the failure of community; its specific iteration was in blackness, but her call was for us to take stock. Her purpose perhaps, was to map for us all the ways in which our heads incline toward looking away rather than looking at.

In the wake of November's 2016 election, we paid dearly for our looking away, for our surrender to appeasing nomenclatures for quotidian problems. Winter barely touched us, her repudiation complete and frostless. Spring came to us, but briefly and with it apocalyptic flooding--rising waters all around. Water, water everywhere and not a drop to drink. Maybe history will remember this April as indeed one of the cruelest months in our nation's democracy.

On January 20th, we inaugurated a president with clear ties to white supremacy and whose campaign, much like that of other international candidates in this fiscal year's cycle of presidential elections, trafficked in anti-Muslim,-immigrant, and-Black feeling, thought and action--while utilizing all of the tools of rape culture to pull public sentiment in his direction. This new now is our woke moment.

Whatever the arc of history might unfold, we are learning old lessons again. …

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