As we mentioned last week, in our first edition of TWFT:
Twitter is awesome, but sometimes 140 characters just isn’t enough space to share all our thoughts about the amazing things happening around us! So in This Week’s Fav Tweets (TWFT), we’ll share some of our insights into the things we share.
This week seemed like a really tough one, so we weren’t so active on Twitter. Nonetheless, here are a few elaborations on things we tweeted about:
In last week’s TWFT we raved over Dance Theater of Harlem’s anticipated debut. They have a bright future ahead, and we were so glad to have celebrated them so early. They are about to embark on a multi-city tour, so if you’re going to be traveling in the next few weeks, be sure to check them out! For more info: http://www.dancetheatreofharlem.org/company/performances
Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Boston at this time. Stay safe.
Crises are bewildering and can incite an outpouring of our most base emotions, so it’s important in these times to take a step back and disassociate feelings of loss, fear, or anger from desires for revenge or other extreme reactionary measures. Colorlines has posted three articles that I think are amazing at deconstructing a lot of the destructive noise we’re hearing, and have definitely helped me wade through the complicated emotions surrounding the bombings in Boston. In her article, “How We Can Break the Cycle of Pain From Mass Violence,” Rinku Sen instructs:
Here’s what has to happen after such an attack. First, we have to take care of the people who have been hurt; they will feel this trauma for the rest of their lives. Then we have to protect the people who may suffer collateral loss from retaliation by vigilantes. The Twitter feed Yes You’re Racist was very busy last night retweeting accusations and threats against Muslims and Arabs.
Then we have to resist attempts to use the incident to rationalize war, restriction of civil liberties, and who knows what else American politicians will come up with. As Seth Freed Wessler reported earlier today, the meaning Congress made out of 9/11 was to vilify all immigrants as potential terrorists, derailing all promising movement toward comprehensive immigration reform for a dozen years. This would be a terrible moment to repeat that failure.
For the full article: http://colorlines.com/archives/2013/04/rinku_sen_boston_marathon_explosions.html
Other good pieces on the subject from Colorlines: http://colorlines.com/archives/2013/04/boston_bombing_media_analysis.html and http://colorlines.com/archives/2013/04/decoding_the_invisible_whiteness_in_boston_bombing_coverage.html.