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We Need Our National Day Of Mourning

COVID-19 is a brutal evaluator, and the painful grips of racism and division are not absent from its reach.

We are in pain. We are angry. We are hurt. We are scared.

But we can overcome.

In all of our most hopeless moments: those we love died alone, no hopes of hugging, distant funerals on a screen, friends no longer seen in school; the next day that never comes;

Dances remain un-danced, practice in months’-long pauses, and our frontline workers are our soldiers.

In death’s struggle, we know no rank. Only lost love is what we know. The cashier, the manager wiping the carts, the doctor holding the phone for loved ones, and the one delivering pizza to your home are all one. An unknown researcher is now a potential MVP at the Super Bowl.

Though our veins are blue or hearts are red.

Great nations stand as one when tested to the brink.

Let’s have that national day of mourning, 100,000 deaths in three months.

I ask our governors to take up this cause, star by star and stripe by stripe because as a wise Navy Seal once said, in the darkest moments we must remain calm.

This year, let us have a parade, full of beautiful floats, that show all we’ve lost.

Let the empty spaces be the places that commemorate where they would stand.

Let your family make a standing image of each one of so many lost, so that they can come to life for us.

Let us grieve; let us cry, even the protested and protestors.

Because it is in the darkest moments that a new birth comes.

We are never alone if we chose not to be.

Let this day be a transition from grief to eventual hope.

True love provides us with the unbearable company of loss, while grief provides a pathway toward hope, and hope brings new beginnings and a new capacity to love those we would have never loved.

Instead of dying for breathing, we can thrive with hugging.

The eternity of life is in all life; it is in breathing … freedom from all that suppresses and oppresses us, whether it’s COVID-19 or in being forgotten and unseen.

About the author

Earl Yarington

Earl Yarington is a social worker (LMSW) and an associate professor in literature, writing, and cultural studies (PhD) at Prince Georges Community College and adjunct professor at Indiana University East. He is the author of many publications under his name and under pen name Justin Forest. Earl's focus areas are the representations of girlhood in media,, eroticism, and child pornography law, paraphilia, sex offending and criminal justice. He is especially interested in the treatment of those with sexual challenges such as minor-attraction (pedophilia, hebepedophilia) to help prevent child sexual abuse while providing humane support for individuals seeking help. His book Lolita in the Lion's Den challenges readers to address what is so often hidden and misunderstood about minor-attraction, sex offending, and the child emotional, psychological, and sexual abuse. Earl provides sex therapy under supervision for the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists. Earl writes about sexual issues, education, and occasionally politics. His writing is based on his expertise and knowledge, and such does not represent the opinions or positions of agencies, universities, and colleges that employ him, nor that of the Baltimore Post-Examiner. Contact the author.

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