“Plants brings us back to our ancestors. Plants are healing. Plants are medicine.”
to be Black in America right now is to bear the brunt of all of the world’s current crises at once: a global outbreak that is disproportionately affecting Black communities, racial tension and police brutality, and gun violence—just to name a few. To be Black in America is to live in a perpetual cycle of fear, anxiety, anger, and sometimes momentary happiness, before that sliver of joy is eclipsed by yet another wave of anger. I cope by revisiting a classic Black sitcom—this month, it’s A Different World—for a respite from the overwhelming sense of anxiety. But in seeing Denise, Whitley, Dwayne, and Jalessa revel in their blackness at the fictional HBCU Hillman College on screen, I’m reminded that it’s just not that easy for Black people in the real world to do the same, especially when we are being slain by cops and harassed by white supremacists in daily life. “Arrest the cops who killed Breonna Taylor” has become a frequent refrain on..