A Grief Observed in Texas

Jaquaree Simmons, 1997–2021

Contrary to observation, Texas has not thawed out.

Hundreds of thousands of people still do not have clean water to drink. While power has been restored to most, an affordable bill is far from guaranteed in many parts of the state, and infrastructural necessities from water mains to power lines remain battered or broken. Against health advisories Governor Abbott has lifted the mask mandate in an effort to get Texans…