Weeping Willows

Its drooping boughs offer seclusion and shade in fields and near rivers and ponds. It’s no surprise that these trees are often prized specimen in yards or long-time friends of people who trek in the wild places of the world.

How to Cure a Sick Weeping Willow By Doug Johnson Updated November 05, 2019

Wind blows Weeping Willows, as the sun fades of its brilliants, the season is in the midst of change. Every gust of wind skims digits from the thermometer. Darkness expands, and the light yields. The day begins to take on a sense of insignificance. The twilight hurries upon us this time of year, as the winter approaches. Words, songs, and existence itself opaque the stress internalized by the questions of what comes next?  


Breonna Taylor received no justice for her killing. Two of the police officers involved in her death escaped indictment for her killing. The third officer was charged with wanton endangerment, not for Breonna’s death but for shooting up the apartment next door. 

Breonna’s story reinforce questions about what comes next. As the wind of injustice blows, the African American humanity fades of its brilliants. These winds skim digits off of lives. With every killing and act of unfulfilled justice, the darkness expands, and hope in this community yields. There is a renewed sense of insignificance. The twilight hurries upon the children of the African American diaspora.

The effects of social atmospherics are real, especially in the world of the marginalized communities of color. Social Determinants of Health manifest itself by exposure to an environment, resources, and bias. These factors, among others, are inflicting pain on African Americans. 

“Racism not only impacts us personally, culturally, and institutionally. Racism also operates on us mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually. Racisms Psychological toll /Staff Reporters

The Weeping willows are susceptible to Defoliation by chemicals, insect infestation, disease, and grazing. It is only a matter of time before the willow breaks down and prematurely dies.  

Black Lives Matter far more than Weeping Willow trees. The Willows Defoliation is a figurative description of the human body when weathering occurs; a critical factor in COVID 19 fatalities is the cytokine storm. The word storm is a synonym for rage. African Americans have displayed a more volatile cytokine storm reaction to the novel Coronavirus. It is a storm of the body’s aggressive response to a viral attack. 

Due to the constant stress of Systemic Racism, the systems of the body can begin to weather. It is like a home electronic device in standby mode; it appears to be off, but it is still consuming power in the background. Stress hormones produced in the brain that regulate blood pressure and the cardiovascular system may malfunction. The malfunction results in hypertension and cardiovascular disease, among others. The hormone group involved in this process is (RAS).  

RAS is a hormone system that regulates blood pressure, electrolytes, or minerals within the body that help regulate muscle and nerve function, and cardiovascular function. The Chronic Stress of Being Black in the U.S. Makes People More Vulnerable to COVID 19 and Other Disease.

Introduce COVID 19, and the elevated inflammation resulting from the aforementioned morbid disorders; one has the development of the perfect storm. In coronavirus terminology, the storm could become the acute cytokine storm, an enraged immune response.

“There’s a reason why novelist and activist James Baldwin said in 1961, “To be a Negro in this country and to be relatively conscious is to be in a state of rage almost all of the time,” a rage that weathers our bodies and psyches.” The Weathering of Black America by Tracey Rogers. 

With November on the horizon, and an election is close at hand, all must take a collective sigh and Vote. Many are sick and tired, both literally and emotionally. Albeit, so many have been brutalized, beaten, and killed in the past for the very American right to vote. No measure would stop them in their resolve against nearly impossible odds.

THESE are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.

Thomas Paine

This time must be no different. The Weeping Willow has another spring. The leaves can return, and justice can prevail in America if all do their part.

Weeping endures for a night but Joy comes in the morning” Psalm 30:5

By Kevin Robinson Executive Director of Accord1


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  2. […] about time for America to explore the possibility of declaring racism as a public health crisis. The way violators of air pollution and emissions controls are held legally responsible for […]

  3. […] The Weathering effect generated by the microaggressions of messaging exasperates the whole dynamic. The reality is, there’s no question to be asked. It is plain to see that systemic power dynamics of bias, racism, policies, redlining, education, criminal justice, economic, and access to affordable healthcare disparities spell out the causes.  […]

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