The Pattern

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Instrumentation: Pierrot ensemble (flute, clarinet/bass clarinet, violin, cello, percussion (snare drum, vibraphone, 3 tom-toms – high, medium, and low), and piano)

Duration: 7′

Program Notes: The Pattern (2020) serves as a case for reparations for the African-American community and embodies the tumultuous relationship between white Americans and black Americans – from the beginning of slavery, to today. Moments throughout American history demonstrate the many ways in which white supremacy has, very intentionally, created roadblocks against progress for African-Americans. For example, after the Civil War and during Reconstruction, black Americans began to participate in government and build their own communities. This was met by riots throughout the south, led by white mobs, and policy was enacted to overthrow the participation of blacks in politics. During Jim Crow, blacks were not only segregated from whites and received less resources, but they were also disenfranchised as voting citizens. Among many oppressive acts leading up to the Civil Rights Movement, black Americans experienced redlining, making it next to impossible to legitimately purchase a home and build wealth.

These incidences are indicative of a pattern that’s as American as apple pie.

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