While I was re-reading “Mockingjay” last month, I came across a quote that I hadn’t noticed the first time. It really struck out to me. It said: “Outbursts are short. It’s stories that take time.” I found that quote to be incredibly powerful and had a noticeable amount of truth behind it.
The quote resonates well with not only “Mockingjay,” but also with what’s been happening in the news as of lately. As we all know, our justice system is proving itself to be completely screwed (let’s just say it as it is). On November 24th, it was announced that former Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson will not be indicted for shooting and killing unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown. Then, earlier this week, we find out that New York police officer Daniel Pantaleo, who killed Eric Garner back in July with a choke hold (a move banned by the NYPD) will also not be indicted for his very illegal actions. In both cases, it was a white cop that had killed an unarmed black man. Continue reading “How Storytelling Will Lead to Change”