“It’s like we’re holding hands at the edge of a white silence, with which we are to make music of our being here.”
While some of us work longer, harder hours to make sure the rest of us can still buy groceries and dispose of our trash, others are entering week six of social distancing. We’re trying to find a new use for this blank time, how we can make music of our being here inside, separated, but still together. But here is a fraught word these days. COVID-19 is here, potentially to stay, but 42,000 of our loved ones aren’t anymore. Many of us arrived here overnight, suddenly suffering from food, job and housing insecurity.
Through a variety of legal and organizing efforts, Southerners are banning together to fight not only the immediate COVID-19 crisis but the underlying housing crisis we’ve faced for years. Organizers from AL, GA, LA, and NC sat down with Scalawag.
What is the importance of art in a grossly-capitalistic nation? Scalawag editor Alysia Nicole Harris explains the thinking behind our latest issue and continuing support of Southern art, literature, and soul.
Last year Scalawag partnered with Texas artist-residency 100 West Corsicana to support Southern artists of color. In this editorial, Scalawag editor Alysia Nicole Harris overviews the unexpected impact of the arts.