…dation is committing an additional $375 million to this work, to be used over the next three years. This additional funding won’t begin to fill the gap that proposed U.S. budget cuts could create. But it will help build a bridge to the women and girls we have yet to reach.
… rooted in American culture, extending far beyond the most egregious examples of racist aggression. Racism manifests in laws, in advertisements, in economic policy, in media portrayals, in criminal justice, and in general society. We have all been steeped in it, and that you as a person have been unaffected by it is highly unlikely.
Because in America, we have come to think of racism only in terms of its extremes (slavery, Nazis, the KKK, Jim Crow, etc.), when Black people call out systemic racism, the average White person, not seeing themselves in any of these extremes, responds with defensiveness. This resistance to being considered complicit in systemic racism is exemplified by the Twitter hash…
People were enraged. Multiple men in the office were described to me as being “up in arms.” I pictured them weaponizing their Twitter accounts with all the opposition research they could fire off to tarnish my reputation. Would they discover my C+ in AP Calculus? Uncover some moody junior high poetry? Use my psychiatric records to discredit me?
…day, and it dawned on me that ever since I joined the Border Patrol, I had not once let myself cry. As I looked up at the incomprehensible mess that is our universe, I knew I would never be able conquer the infinite unknown. It would always be a mystery to me. But now, instead of the fear and hatred my father instilled upon me of the “creatures” lurking just beyond the fence, a warm faith washed over me, blind yet certain, that whatever lay beyond the periphery of my own experience, across the southern border, across the ocean, beneath the earth, and past the atmosphere was ruled by a tenacious benevolence.
…rprise when one of the volunteers ran backstage to grab me, explaining that I had to come back out. All that screaming and cheering I was hearing out there was for me! I returned to the stage in a daze to discover a standing ovation. My brain stretched to incorporate this level of appreciation and connection.
…sfully performing emotional labor and easing professional burnout fall on the employee’s shoulders. One established method for curbing emotional exhaustion is called deep acting, or modifying one’s inner feelings to match outward expression. This, according to Hochschild, “from one point of view involves deceiving oneself as much as deceiving others.”