HeartBeat

613,679 = 6 days + 26 hrs + 27 min + 59 sec

once per second; quiet ’til you feel it drop.

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And what is very much likely the awful reality of this undercounting [NPR report 050621]

The context – This work arises from the simultaneous realities that while 1 in 3 Black Americans know somebody who has been hospitalized or died of COVID-19, only 1 in 9 White Americans inhabit this space of personal and community grief. The invisibility of COVID-19 in White America does not exist outside of this lived disparity – it is the direct result of it.

For those of us who are White, we ask: how can we shoulder the weight of this reality so that those who grieve can properly honor their experience and who they mourn?

The counter.

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[Western Prom × Carroll; gelatin silver print; 2017]