“Being treated like you’re normal is like living in a storm and being graded on the amount of sunshine you produce.”
That’s what Lil’ Jay says in Té V. Smith’s new young adult novel, Exit Ticket. It’s about the relationship between a black student named Lil’ Jay and his white teacher, Mr. Warrington. And in this moment in time? It kinda feels like the two of them have a lot teach all of us. About showing up. And about listening.
2020 is asking us questions. How will we answer? How will we each show up to this conversation?
But there’s something this 2020
Té calls it The Shift.
Té V. Smith is a writer and educator based out of New Orleans and Brooklyn. He can be found on Instagram and Twitter @tevsmith.
The song “Living In” was recorded by The Asylum Chorus on their 2017 ep “Take a Piece” Written & arranged by Sybil Shanell & Roan Smith: theasylumchorus.bandcamp.com/album/take-a-piece
Instagram @iamsybilshanell & @theasylumchorus
“Single Coil” was recorded by Will Bolton for the 2017 album Night Paths: wilbolton.bandcamp.com
Black Lives Matter protest sounds:
Portland: Tim Kahn
Zurich: Astounded, Christopher J Astbury, Switzerland
Editorial support provided by Shea Shackleford, Katie Fernelius and Bob Snead. Cover art by Amanda Cassingham-Bardwell. This piece was produced by Marie Lovejoy for the Antenna::Signals Podcast.
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