Learning to ride, falling down, getting back on
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Tim McKee is the publisher at North Atlantic Books. He lives with his family in a small house with a big backyard in Oakland, California.
You can’t just change consciousness and expect that institutions will follow. They’ve got to be overthrown, replaced, altered.
The work of the mature person is to carry grief in one hand and gratitude in the other and to be stretched large by them. How much sorrow can I hold? That’s how much gratitude I can give.
I think it’s helpful to remind white ethnics that they, too, came here in boats; that they, too, lived in slums; that they, too, had yellow fever; that they, too, were stigmatized as incorrigible; that they, too, had the highest homicide rates and the highest incarceration rates and the highest rates of mental illness; and that everything that was said about them in those days is now being said about Salvadorans, Dominicans, African Americans, Mexicans, Vietnamese, and Cambodians in our inner cities.