Indiana Writers Center Believes that Black Lives Matter - June 5, 2020
The Indiana Writers Center stands in solidarity with all who raise their voices to oppose institutional racism, white supremacy, and police brutality.
The mission of the Indiana Writers Center is to reach out to those whose voices are rarely heard and help amplify them — without regard to what you look like, where you are from, your age, different ability, or whom you love.
And, the Indiana Writers Center believes that Black Lives Matter.
If there is ever a time for that message to be heard, it is now.
While the horrific death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, provided a spark that ignited widespread protests and demands for change, the fires of oppression and suppression have long burned like an inferno for people of color in our city, state and country.
While there are some voices clamoring in the midst of a pandemic to return quickly to “normal,” we believe this country should never return to a normal that includes the continued dehumanization of our brothers and sisters — a dehumanization that ends too often in unseemly, unjust death, as it did for Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and Dreasjon Reed.
In our mission, the IWC strives for all to experience the healing and joyful benefits that the written and spoken word brings. We also acknowledge that language can also emancipate and empower.
The late Toni Morrison once said:
“There is no time for despair, no place for self-pity, no need for silence, no room for fear. We speak, we write, we do language. That is how civilizations heal. I know the world is bruised and bleeding, and though it is important not to ignore its pain, it is also critical to refuse to succumb to its malevolence.”
Support Black Writers in Indiana
Here are a few suggestions:
Read and share the poem "A Small Needful Fact" by poet and essayist Ross Gay, then enjoy his delightful short essay collection (and this month's IWC Book Club for Writers selection), The Book of Delights.
Buy Map to the Stars by Adrian Matejka, Poet Laureate of Indiana for 2018-19.
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