I'm not smart enough about social media to make any kind of thoughtful comment here, but Sharon, to the larger societal point: my fear, and I suspect it's justified, is that the general American proclivity for very short term attention spans around issues has something to do with this. We do not have the stomach for long term work, witness our impatience with Covid, which is quite happy to kill us off over time due to our stupidity. We are far less likely to want to carry the ongoing burden of racism awareness for it IS a burden, and as long as our BIPOC brothers and sisters carry it for us, as they have forever, why should anyone else do the real work? While I can't say that's part of it, I will note that increasingly our ability to do the chop wood/carry water difficult work of dealing with what ails this country and our society is being undermined not only by a lack of backbone but also our desire to be entertained vs. challenged deeply. On one hand, we want to be on board whatever issue allows us to appear down with it. Until, of course, we tire of real work or another issue that is more pressing or fashionable rises. Racism is wicked-hard work, it's been with us for centuries. We can't get Americans to stick with the program for more than a month even if it's killing them off. As long as racism is killing off BIPOC, it strikes me as even less relevant to the larger population. As Dr. Y wrote the other day, one article about how some celebrity chews gum got massive coverage. OH FOR CRYING OUT LOUD.

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