rooting for us

Oct 15, 2020

by Tashi Haig

This autumn, I’ve been struck not only by the usual eye-popping landscapes of fall foliage, but also by the individual trees that make up this display. Down to the very last leaf, each tree offers a unique rainbow spectrum of colors, shapes, patterns, and stages of decay, which harmonize and coalesce into the autumn aesthetic. Rather than seeing these autumn colors as a last gasp of life, I prefer to think that the trees are raising their voices in a collective, fortifying shout before weathering the winter. The trees are digging deep, bracing for the cold, yet ready to burst forth with life again come spring.

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While the onset of autumn chill has brought out peak performance among the trees, increasing tensions during this political (and pandemic) season have highlighted less-than-warming patterns which undermine America’s true, diverse colors. Systemic flaws in our country are an ice-cold frost which threatens to reach our core and freeze progress. As this election season draws to a close, we as individuals must root ourselves in strength while branching out in solidarity to uplift the beautiful lives which compose the landscape of America.

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