Last night in Boston, a protest for the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police turned violent after, from what I can glean on Twitter, excessive police force. Protests and riots also occurred in some two dozen other American cities.
There's a lot we can do to address systemic racism in this country, and beyond, and I have found this list useful: https://medium.com/equality-includes-you/what-white-people-can-do-for-racial-justice-f2d18b0e0234. I've been alarmed to dig into The Sentencing Project, from the above list, and find out that the average incarceration rate for blacks in the country is 5 times greater than for whites. In Massachusetts, where I live, and thought of as a progressive state, the rate is worse than the national average at 7.5 to 1. So, there is lots of work to do, starting at local levels.
This fall I'm scheduled to teach astronomy at Norfolk Penitentiary, a medium-security state prison,and though I remember from last time many black men in the prison yard, far fewer were able to take my class. I doubt it will be much different this fall.
In the newsletter, which I try to keep generally upbeat, I've got more cool stuff from Doug Tallamy's book, "Nature's Best Hope: A New Approach to Conservation that Stars In Your Backyard," this time about how much birds need to eat to get out of the nest. I also feature a short tale about visiting the Lonely Tree in Wales last year, and I have a true story about meeting Santa Claus in disguise(!) while kayaking in Quebec. Plus other goodies, of course. Do let me know what resonates with you. The link is below
I hope you stay safe and healthy, and thanks for reading,