A message of solidarity

Dear MASCLab community,

All of you have been on my mind, and I am sorry it has taken me so long to break free from paralysis after witnessing the repeated acts of police violence that reached a crescendo in the last week. I am outraged, saddened, and horrified, but I am not surprised. State sanctioned violence against Black communities has been normalized, and the onslaught of images and other forms of media witnessing, as incident after violent incident unfolds, underscores this point. The nationwide protests in response to this violence are taking place in the context of COVID-19, a persistent health care crisis, and continued systemic racism that criminalizes Black people and lives. The weight of such layered inequities can be too much to bear.

My priority at the moment is your wellbeing, and I want to reassure each of you that MASCLab will continue to be a place for you to make connections and find a home, and to seek and receive support. Central to our mission is a commitment to using our voices (in all their forms) to examine, understand, and push for social change through media. I hope that in the weeks and months to come, we will find ways to rage and heal, alone and together.

There is surely more to say, and I hope to find the words in the coming weeks to do so. For now, I hope you are safe and have the resources you need. If you do not, please be in touch and we will find a way to help.

In solidarity,

Lalitha

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