Ostara and the Moon of Mourning
Wednesday gratefuls: Kate’s intellectual and emotional honesty. Speaking her truth, always. Kate leaning her head against me. Kate, a glass of white wine, greeting well wishers at her retirement party at the MIA. 2011. Jon. Gabe, 13 tomorrow. Kep, snugged against me last night.
Sparks of Joy: Joe arrives tomorrow. Mary coming to Hawai’i. Chauvin verdict.
If sentience survives death (doubt it, but could be), there is at least one joyful soul there. Kate. Her heart was radical. Her politics emotional. She hated injustice, racism, climate change. Sexism. Gender related discrimination of all sorts. And those she met knew it, not just by her words, but by her love. Our hearts were one in these matters.
A Minnesota stain made fainter by a Minnesota jury. This may be the thin end of the justice wedge, a decision that will pry loose other, similar verdicts. May it be the fulcrum on which America leverages real racial justice. The Chauvin guilty is a beginning, far from the end. It does come, however, with a President who understands the Black vote put him over the top and with a Vice President who understands the Black experience from within her own skin.
It will be a Juneteenth celebration like no other. Perhaps one that can finally propel us into the world Abraham Lincoln so presciently imagined in his Gettysburg address:
“Four score and seven years ago our (ancestors) brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men (and women) are created equal.
Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and dedicated, can long endure…It is…for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us — that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain — that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”
This is a moon landing moment. A shift in the norms of our justice system and in our common life. I can feel it. It will not be an overnight change, but the gears may now crush those who commit injustice, rather than their victims.