Emily Bernard

Commentator

Emily Bernard is an associate professor of English and U. S. ALANA Ethnic Studies at UVM. Her essays have been published in the American Scholar, Best American Essays, Best African American Essays, and Best of Creative Non-Fiction.

The morning after the verdict in the Zimmerman trial, I woke up and read a text message from a friend. It consisted of one word: “heartbroken.”  I felt as if a relative had died while I’d been sleeping.

Every summer, my husband, daughters and I travel to Mississippi to see my mother’s family - and to eat. Food is a passion my black southern relatives and Italian husband share.