Entry from Mario Guarneri, August 15th, 2020
ART • EQUITY • ACCESS
We are living in challenging and momentous times. Our shared love and appreciation of jazz, America’s unique Black American art form, brings us together. We believe there is a cathartic way to approach these issues as a community, and we invite you to contribute to the Jazz Archive of Our Time. We are each creating our own narrative in dealing with these challenges, and we invite you to document your experience on this page
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These days it feels sometimes as if our world is splitting apart. Or maybe these tumultuous times are just what we need for our world to come together. I hope so. I can’t get over how surreal things seem as I see masked faces all around. On my darkest days it seems downright apocalyptic. And the social and racial inequities in our society, though in existence for many, many years, that have been laid even more bare during these times are the more glaringly apparent.
For me, my daily life has been put into perspective. It has placed the importance of health (of all sorts) back into focus because without the most basic needs any human has you don’t have much else. This can be said for the racial unrest that is sweeping the country (and world now) as well. The issues that some people thought were over are being brought to light. That makes for uncomfortable times. We need to sit in the discomfort of the racial inequity in order for us to actually do something about it.
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