Kendi published “How to Be an Antiracist'' in 2019, and after last year’s national attention on the Black Lives Matter movement, his message remains stronger than ever: “We know how to be racist. We know how to pretend to be not racist. Now let’s know how to be antiracist.”
It’s 11 months into the COVID-19 pandemic. You’ve spent hours upon hours scouring through Netflix, Hulu, and Disney+, not to mention the unhealthy amount of YouTube that you’ve consumed. You’ve scrolled to the bottom of your Instagram explore page (who knew it had an end?) and you’ve watched every reality TV show in existence, multiple times. Unfortunately, the pandemic is far from over, so what now?
As a child, waking up to a backyard covered in snow was an amazing experience every time, and I never failed to make the most out of it. That’s the beauty of being a child: everything is magical. But that’s no longer the case.
Picture this: you are a second semester freshman at UP. You traded a wild and eye opening first semester of college for four months of Zoom classes and Discord chats in your childhood bedroom. Now with the first glimmer of hope for establishing a new normal, you have taken a leap of faith — making the challenging decision to leave behind your family and brave the complexity of living on a college campus amidst a global pandemic.
On a Friday night roughly 15 years ago, Portland Pilot Megan Rapinoe scored two goals in the Women’s NCAA Soccer Tournament quarterfinal and predicted her future. In her own words, “When we won 3-1 that night at Merlo Field, we were so over the moon you would think we had won the World Cup.”
A hot mess of chaos. That’s the wording that psychology instructor Renee Crowgey used to describe her home on a typical school day. As if teaching four sections of classes isn’t enough, she and her partner have been raising a three-year old and five-year old with virtually no help throughout the pandemic.