Karrie Quirin

Stories from Karrie Quirin

Wednesday, January 13th, 2016

The following submission is in response to the following article: http://www.yesmagazine.org/people-power/i-cant-breathe-until-everyone-can-breathe and writing prompt: Like Gerald Mitchell, dig deep to identify and explain how you personally can treat people more justly. Describe what treating people fairly and humanely looks like to you. How might your actions make a difference where you live (school and community)? In greater society?

BY KARRIE QUIRIN

Every human- white or black, rich or poor- has a connection to another. When I began reading Gerald Mitchell’s article “I Can’t Breathe Until Everyone Can Breathe,” I already felt connected to him because he mentioned Ferguson. I am from a small town in Illinois about 45 minutes outside of Ferguson. And after the death of Eric Garner, I immediately saw the negative effects. Internally, I was enraged and wanted to take action. Far too many times I had heard the cases of police brutality against African Americans, often ending in death. But when I brought up the topic with a few of my black peers, I vividly remember receiving the response “How does this affect you?” Although I lived where they did, came from a similar social class as them, and even went to the same school, they thought the death of another human wouldn’t impact me because I wasn’t black.

 

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014

Human Nature

 

Faith in itself has been lost

Greed and envy have come to replace

The world has been covered in a great arctic frost

that proceeds to eradicate; erase

 

Erase the truth of it all-

The indefinite reason why we all exist