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Media Type: News / Op - Ed
Date of Publication: June 8
Year of Publication: 2020
Publication City: Oakland, CA
Publisher: Sierra - the national magazine of the Sierra Club
Author(s): Hop Hopkins
The ideology of white supremacy leads the way toward disposable people and a disposable natural world.
Last week, my family and I attended an interfaith rally in Los Angeles in defense of Black life. We performed a group ritual in which we made noise for nine minutes to mark the last moments of George Floyd’s life. My wife, my oldest daughter, and I played African drums to mark those nine minutes with the rhythm of a beating heart. Da-dum, da-dum, da-dum, over and over again.
While we drummed, I realized how difficult it is to keep up any physical activity for nine minutes straight. Most of us can’t even sit completely still on our butts for nine minutes; if you’ve ever meditated, you understand why they refer to sitting as practice.
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