• Jen Hunt

All Lives Will Not Matter until Black Lives Matter

To protest or not to protest, this is the question. “Whether tis’ nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune. Or to take arms against the sea of troubles and by opposing, end them.”

What was it that propelled me to grab my “mask” and head up to a rally for Black Lives Matter, in Litchfield of all the places?

Was it the horrific news of George Floyd’s dying plea, or the opposite reminiscence of the March on Washington, which took place when I was 13 years old.

Perhaps it was that, combined with “cabin fever” and feeling disconnected to the real world, having been quarantined for nearly three months, as an over 60 citizen. Whatever it was, it was satisfying to see people risking their lives, sort of, to speak their mind in, oh wait, is this still a democracy?

The statement that really got me was, “All lives will not matter, until black lives matter.” We evolved as Masque Family Theater to embrace not only the Hunt family members, performers, collaborators, but the larger human family no matter the race, ethnicity, gender, or religion. It saddens us to witness these acts of racism and bigotry, we stand with the Black Lives Matter movement.

After reading through several statements and articles, trying to decide which words would be right for a blog post like this, I came across an article by Sierra Club which helped to propel this post and inspire the right words.

Find the article here:

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 With the support of the Department of Economic and Community Development, Office of the Arts, which also receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency