Five Things for Today: October 28, 2020

A flag for every life lost to Covid-19 in the U.S.

 

1. On the expanse of grass in front of the DC Armory and RFK Stadium, over 227,000 white flags have been planted, one  for every life lost to Covid-19 in the U.S. — and more are being added every day.  “In America, How Could This Happen” was created by Bethesda-based artist Suzanne Brennan Firstenberg, and it’s being updated with the help of visitors who volunteer.  The sight is staggering, to say the least.  It’s free and open to visit,  or you can watch a live feed of the installation here. And view more pics from our visit last Friday when the number was just over 223,000.  By now, you’ve likely had a conversation with the kids about the many deaths caused by Covid, but if not, be prepared to if you bring them. (PS:  The playground at RFK Fields is very close, as is Kingman Island for other nearby activities.)

 

2. Rockville Recreation & Parks is hosting a Halloween Sweet Treats “Drive-Thru” on Saturday, October 31, for a fun and safe way to trick-or-treat.  Taking place at Glenview Mansion, you can collect yummy treats and craft at fun stations throughout the parking lot. Families are encouraged to decorate the car in the Halloween spirit — you could win a prize!  Space is limited, so registration is required.

 

3. The Baltimore Museum of Art has reopened.  Some galleries remain closed, but there are plenty accessible to warrant a visit.  Hours are 10am – 5pm Wednesday – Sunday, and timed entry passes are required.

 

4. Currently absorbed by Caste. Who else has read it?

 

5. Another riveting series from Humans of New York. (The first of eight parts; access the rest here.)

 

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One Response to Five Things for Today: October 28, 2020

  1. Rani

    2/3 of the way through Caste — so glad you’re reading it too, as it doesn’t seem to have caught the attention of anyone in my friend circle. Honestly, so far I’m still wondering whether distinguishing a racist society vs a caste system is just kind of making a distinction without a difference. I mean, the bases for ranking people in India, the US, and Nazi Germany might all be a bit different, but they’re all arbitrary and all lead to the fundamental dehumanization of certain people — no matter what you call the system. Her catalogue of the sheer horror of American slavery is searing and important for people to read. But in terms of her basic thesis, I’m kind of wondering what all the fuss is about. Would love to hear your thoughts!

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