We’re Remembering this Memorial Day
First Up: The Good News
We were so glad to hear that Laura Jayne Ketchum was found safe.
But Then, Manchester
The terror attack on Manchester, as many have argued, was an assault not only on Western freedoms, but also specifically on young women and Ariana Grande’s message of feminism and empowerment.
The youngest victim was eight years old.
Hatred Breeds Terrorism
Yes, we’re taking a serious turn here, but the Manchester attack was horrifying.
But it’s also symptomatic of the toxic political climate we’re currently encountering from fundamentalist groups and many political leaders here in the US. Terrorism extends beyond a person’s religious ideology or skin color. It’s fed by ideologues, and based in hatred, fear, and bigotry. A desire not to honor the aesthetics of the past, but to go back to a time when only certain members of society had privileges. A desire to diminish people.
We just want to be completely clear: girls and women matter. Period.
But Kudos to Ariana
In the wake of the tragedy, Ariana Grande didn’t back down. She instead announced a benefit concert in Manchester for the victims.
The compassion, kindness, love, strength and oneness that you’ve shown one another this past week is the exact opposite of the heinous intentions it must take to pull off something as evil as what happened Monday. YOU are the opposite.
Date to be announced.