Mid-March, the world seemed to come to a dramatic halt. Planes stopped flying, borders closed, factories shut down, rush-hour traffic vanished. “What if you thought of it / as the Jews consider the Sabbath?” Lynn Ungar asked in her poem Pandemic. “Cease from travel. Cease from buying and selling / just for now,” she suggested. As humans have been forced into this time of extended Sabbath to avoid the spread of COVID-19, you might wonder whether the earth is getting a much-needed sabbath from us.
In White Fragility, Robin DiAngelo, a white anti-racism educator, describes the defensive moves that white people make when their ideas about race and racism are challenged. She terms these defensive moves “white fragility” – reactions characterized by emotions such as anger, fear, and guilt and by behaviours such as argumentation and silence. She argues that our largely segregated society makes these reactions possible, as it’s set up to insulate white people from racial discomfort.
Anne With An E is a coming-of-age story about an orphan and outsider who overcomes many difficulties to find friendship, love and family in the town of Avonlea, Prince Edward Island. The three-season series is set in the late 1890’s and centers on a young Anne who, after an abusive childhood spent in orphanages and the homes of strangers, is mistakenly sent to live with the aging Cuthbert siblings, Marilla and Matthew.