25 Sep 5 Friyays – September 25
Happy Friday, all! If you’re like me, and you feel like you’ve crawled into Friday, it’s time to stop the doom-scrolling for a minute and breath. 2020 is the year that keeps coming, even when we think we’ve had more than enough. This week was no different. With the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, averaging 1,000 COVID deaths/day as a country, and the horrifically unjust decision in Breonna Taylor’s case, these are truly dark times. There were sprinkles of joy, hope for progress, and time for reflection thrown in as well. Let’s see how my Friyays turned out!
Honoring the Remarkable Legacy of RBG
The Good Doctors were devastated at the news of Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s passing last Friday. A true icon of equality for women under the law, we owe so much to her work as a lawyer (winning 5 of 6 cases in front of the Supreme Court) and her work as an Associate Justice to that same court. As is only right, she will lie in state at the Capitol building. When this decision was made, many were shocked to learn that she would be the first woman to do so (and the first Jew). Though anyone who knows how hard Justice Ginsburg had to fight for equal rights, should not be surprised at all. We’ve come a long way, but we’ve so much further yet to go.
Honoring the Complicated Legacy of RBG
A problematic cultural trait of humans is our propensity to heroicize, romanticize, and thereby edit, the life and work of influential or important figures after their death. Justice Ginsburg fought tirelessly for equal rights for many marginalized groups – including women and LGBTQ persons. However, her record on Indigenous issues and cases was a bit murkier. The systematic erasure of Indigenous folks from our memories, histories, and perspectives makes it that much harder to give space to their voices, stories, and experiences. Thankfully, our friends at Indian Country Today laid out her rulings on Indian Country so that we can remember all the parts of her career.
Legal Help for our Native Sisters
On Monday, the House of Representatives passed Savanna’s Act. This law is meant to help law enforcement work on resolving a crisis facing Indigenous women in North America. Native women are abducted and murdered at a horrific rate. Lack of media coverage, coordination between tribal, local, state, and national governments, and lack of funding mean few, if any, of these cases are solved. The law heads to the President’s desk to be signed, hopefully starting the process of changing how we investigate missing and murdered Indigenous women.
Sports in the Age of COVID
As sports return around the world, each sport has to grapple with the reality of playing in front of empty stadiums. As a die-hard hockey fan, I’ve been watching faithfully since the NHL restarted at the end of July. It’s been fascinating to me how they’ve struck a balance between ‘authentic’ fan noise and cheapening the game. Finding this interview with one of the sound technicians hit all my nerd buttons in relation to process, planning, creativity, and hockey. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
The Joy of the Roses
We had our first award show of the COVID-era Sunday night with the live but remote Emmy Awards. The show was fabulous – it was fun to see people comfortable in their homes, and celebrating with their families. I did not miss the audience or the red carpet, and we got some fabulous reactions from Mark Ruffalo, Uzo Aduba, and Zendaya! Far and away the most fun of the evening was turning on the broadcast and watching the cast of Schitt’s Creek win every major award in the comedy category. It’s a beautiful, quirky, hilarious show and well worth celebrating. I really wanted a live feed from their cast party but I’ll settle for the memory of watching their joy unfold.
That’s my Friyays for this week. Keep on surviving folks – lean toward justice, hope, and a future free from all this heartbreak and we’ll see you next week!