8 minutes and 46 seconds.

If you are reading this, take out your phone and set a timer for 8 minutes and 46 seconds. Then sit there until the alarm goes off.  

Better yet, if you are reading this, take out your phone and set a timer for 8 minutes and 46 seconds. Then hold your breath until the alarm goes off. 

Being Black in America should not be a death sentence.  

As a white woman in America I can never know — I can never viscerally understand — what it means to be Black in this country.  I will never need to sit my son down and talk about what to do if he is stopped by the police.  I will never fear the police in the way that so many in communities around this country do — in the way that so many of my friends do.

Over the past several days — months — years, I have seen the anguish on my friends’ faces.  I have seen the fear on my friends’ faces.  I have seen the anger on my friends’ faces.  I have seen the hopelessness on my friends’ faces.  

As anguished, afraid, angry and hopeless as I feel in this moment, I can never fully grasp the depth and breadth of the sorrow and terror experienced by so many people whom I love and who suffer under the scourge of racism.

As an ally to communities of color, Stageworks Theatre and I, as its leader, stand with those who work toward Social Justice.  We stand with those who peacefully protest against injustice.  We stand with those who are angry as hell.

My friends, we stand with you, we stand beside you and we stand ready to to work with you.  

#GeorgeFloyd #AhmaudAubrey #BreonnaTaylor #EricGarner #MichaelBrown #TooManyLives Lost 

#BlackLivesMatter

 

Karla Hartley

Producing Artistic Director

Stageworks