To our Polychrome community,
I know you hurt. I know the fear and the sadness and the anger that comes with moments like these; moments we are so explicitly reminded of their hatred. I know you’re not surprised. That the words they’ve said and the actions they’ve taken are nothing close to new for us. And I know that you’re tired - how many years will pass until we can merely exist without tragedy?
I think, in all the time I’ve spent wondering how to address you all, I’ve been made aware of how vitally important you are to me. I was nervous to write this, and while looking at my feelings of inadequacy, I realized they exist because I cherish this community and value it unconditionally.
I want you to know that you inspire me. I want you to know that the music and paintings and essays you make have comforted me. I want you to know that you’re so strong. That despite the injustices we face in our lives, you all manage to give a beautiful piece of yourself to this vicious world. And I want you to know that you’re absolutely a force of nature - how long will they pretend you’re anything but deserving of a safe life?
If you need some space or time, take it. If you need to talk, please reach out to us. And if you need a reminder that you are valued, we’ll always provide it. Discovering your work, spending time with you, and learning alongside you is our greatest passion.