Currently, there are two trials taking place that may impact you or someone you know. Below are some links so that you are aware of what is happening (local & national). One case is down the road in Kenosha County and the other is in Brunswick, Georgia. Know that in both cases, there is a connection to Race.
Trial of the Murders of Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber (Kenosha, WI):
Associated Press: https://apnews.com/hub/kyle-rittenhouse?utm_source=apnewsnav&utm_medium=featured
Trial of the Murder of Ahmaud Arbery (Brunswick, GA):
Associated Press: https://apnews.com/hub/ahmaud-arbery?utm_source=apnewsnav&utm_medium=featured
Some of us may not want to talk about the cases because of the visceral and direct trauma or connection; some of us may not want to talk about it because we aren’t aware or don’t feel connected due to our identities. Know that we may know someone in our life (family, friends, acquaintances, etc) who will experience significant impact of the trials and the eventual verdicts from these cases.
Many of us are overwhelmed as we think about George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Philando Castile, Eric Garner, Alton Sterling, Atatiana Jefferson, Botham Jean, Tamir Rice, Freddie Gray, Sandra Bland, Michael Brown, Daunte Wright and so many more. These verdicts may affect your emotional, physical and mental well-being.
To our Black staff members (including but not limited to individuals who identify as bi/multiracial & multiethnic, international, transracial adoptees), your emotions are valid, your safety is important, and you are integral members of our community. The outcomes from these trials will deeply affect members of the Black community and other marginalized communities who have experienced systemic injustice.
The Center for Cultural Enrichment in University Housing will be hosting two processing spaces this week for University Housing Residents and Staff:
- Wednesday, November 17 from 5-6PM CST (Virtual: https://uwmadison.zoom.us/j/92140458419?pwd=cXRVUmxPYzhHOFZ1dVFaNytQTGRPdz09)
- Thursday, November 18 from 5-6PM CST (In-Person, 125 Witte Hall)
Campus may send out more information for campus-wide processing spaces.
Here are some campus resources that may be beneficial to explore if you are looking to find community, seek support, or learn more about identity.
Multicultural Student Center
Black Cultural Center
UW-Madison Center for Cultural Enrichment
UHS Mental Health Services
Please take care. Connect with your family, chosen family and friends. Disconnect from technology, the news and social media. Stay hydrated and nourished. Rest. Reach out and ask for help if you need it.