Hi everyone! It’s been two weeks interning with McEachern Labs, and I can say it’s been so much fun learning and exploring topics related to our project! However, before I talk more about the work I’ve done in the last two weeks, I also want to talk briefly about what’s going on the world right now.
I’m sure all of you have heard about George Floyd and the ongoing protests and civil unrest going on. However, the death of George Floyd barely scratches the surface on the racial injustices black people face everyday. Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and going back to Tamir Rice, Eric Garner, Sandra Bland, and as Michelle Obama said, “It just goes on, and on, and on.” I can’t even begin to understand the struggles black folx go through and their pain, fears, sorrows, and anger, especially experienced on a daily basis, but we have a duty and responsibility to stand with them, support them, and fight with them to the best of our abilities. If you want to learn more about this, there are great resources online that you can educate yourself with. Learn more on ways you can help, (even sharing posts on social media can help educate others!) sign petitions, contact local representatives, register and remember to vote, support black businesses, donate to organizations, join (and stay safe in) protests, and remember those who have needlessly died. Also, having conversations about racism and with people around you, such as with friends and family, is super important, especially if they become uncomfortable and difficult to have. Discussing these issues can help inform yourself, hear different perspectives, and help share your perspectives and educate others. Keep supporting and fighting to make changes, and keep the momentum going into a long-term movement.
Thanks for reading, and I look forward to sharing more about my experiences soon!