***written last year but unfortunately equally true today****

The world is on fire — literally and metaphorically.

But the flames that the world sees swallowing buildings can’t compare to the scorching firestorm in our hearts.

The uprisings across the US have given nonblack folks a free trial’s worth of insight into the ways that racism and white supremacy have weathered the health and sense of safety experienced by Black Americans. But it’s also left us to grapple with debilitating waves of grief and stress.

As a Black mother, I feel this pain ten-fold. I’m forced to mourn the impracticality of…

Rochaun Meadows-Fernandez

Rochaun Meadows-Fernandez is a diversity content specialist whose work can be seen in The Washington Post, InStyle, The Guardian, and many other places. Follow

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