I’ve been taking a little break from my regularly scheduled posts. With everything that’s been happening in the news over the last month, it’s been hard for me to speak excitedly about the bounties of summer.
I want this blog to be a place where we can speak openly and honestly. In my mind, food is not just about survival. It’s about nourishment, community and understanding other people’s experiences.
Right now, a lot of people are experiencing pain.
In the last month, there have been horrific mass attacks in Orlando, Istanbul, Dhaka and Baghdad, claiming hundreds of lives who were targeted for their sexual orientation, nationality, political beliefs and religious beliefs.
In the last week, two black men were killed by police officers, who—as I see it—fired their weapons rashly and needlessly. These killings happened just a day apart, sparking fear, anger and protest—and in my case, an exceedingly cautious optimism that Alton Sterling‘s and Philando Castile‘s respective investigations will yield justice for their families and loved ones. Within a day of Castile’s death, five police officers were killed at a protest in Dallas, causing even more outrage during an already fragile time.
This isn’t easy for me to say, but I think we have a gun problem and I think we have a tolerance problem. And as much as these thoughts have been weighing on me, I do believe that if we really listen to each other, we can at least start to tackle our tolerance problem.
We all have our struggles and we all know what it’s like to hurt. And right now it’s important to listen to and learn from the people who are hurting most. We may not be able to truly understand or identify, but it’s important to hear them out.
I talk a lot about gathering around a table, understanding fully that we’re not always going to agree or get along. My only hope is that we can acknowledge our disfunction and make every effort to stand together in spite of it.
I’ll be back in a few days with something to eat. In the meantime, I wish you all well, and I thank you so, so much for spending time here with me.