Dear reader of The Exchanged,
As the Editors-In-Chief prepared to launch this edition of our paper on Sunday night, it just didn’t feel right that we do so without addressing the aching and hopelessness that many people in our community have felt over the past few days. 2020 has taken many beloved people from this world. It has stolen John Lewis, Chadwick Boseman, and Kobe Bryant. It has stolen 200,000 Americans who should be home preparing for the Holiday season with their family. It has stolen, or maybe more accurately, continued to steal the innocence of black and brown people and children in our country. Now, 2020 has stolen the legendary Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg from us.
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a fierce advocate for women’s rights and a staunch supporter of Roe. V Wade. Justice Ginsburg fought for all women, regardless of socioeconomic status, race, or sexual orientation. There are no words we could write in this article to express what she meant to countless women in our country. As the Editors-In-Chief, we want to not only express our sympathy to those in our community who feel afraid and uncertain due to the passing of Justice Ginsburg; but we want to tell you that we feel it too. It is a scary time to be a woman in America. Even more so, it is a scary time to be a woman of color in this country, or a queer woman in this country, or an uninsured woman in this country.
But, even in darkness there is light and so the Editors-In-Chief want to leave you with a message of hope. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg should inspire every reader of The Exchanged to unapologetically and fearlessly pave the way for true equality and freedom in this country. As Justice Ginsburg once said, ““Fight for the things that you care about. But do it in a way that will lead others to join you.”
As for the Editors-In-Chief of The Exchanged, we will join you.