Starting to dig through the photos from Utah, here Nelson Day takes in what options he has midway up this Indian Creek offwidth. www.garrettgrove.com
Church Roof, Sibiu, Romania - 2011
How this sketchy rooftop tourist attraction hasn’t been shut down yet, I don’t know. But it’s a beautiful church regardless.
I know this is touchy. But the truth is that sometimes, white, “middle class” America (& those who aspire to that or are entrenched enough in assimilation to believe they are that or that that is even a possible, real thing) get a taste of war. & only then is it that they decide to do something about it. This time, instead of just complaining about it and calling out racist institutions, the history of violence that this country was built on, etc., I’m going to say, okay. I’ll take it. I’ll take it, folks. Even if you are in a privileged enough position that this is the most uncomfortable you’ve ever been - seeing news about 20 of other people’s (white) children get murdered. It’s not cool, right? We have to do something about it, right? We have to examine the institutions, the culture, the lack of support, the lack of conversation, the ROOT CAUSES of such horrific violence. So, okay. I’ll take it. Let’s talk about it. Let’s decide on a course of action. Let’s practice it. Let’s change things.
BUT. All I’m asking, is don’t leave the rest of us behind this time. When we talk about this violence and horror inflicted on white American children’s bodies, THIS TIME, let’s not leave out what it would mean to actually move toward a world in which this could not, would not happen. This would necessitate some uncomfortable conversation. Are you ready, America? We have to talk about race. We have to talk about poverty. We have to talk about the US as a perpetrator & supporter of the most horrific war crimes humanity has known. (We have to talk about our complicity in this - as individuals, as families, as communities & states & as a country.) We have to talk about drones. We have to talk about imperialism & colonialism. We have to talk about misogyny, heteronormativity, transphobia. We have to talk about ability & disability, & femininity-shaming, fat-shaming, queer-shaming culture. Of course, we have to talk about mental health & how to shift a sick, sad culture that shapes such perpetrators. Sure, okay. Let’s talk about guns, too. But let’s also talk about how to create the kind of world in which ALL humans, ALL bodies are valued & precious. And then let’s put that shit into practice. Are you ready, America?"