In the era of COVID-19 we have been given another reminder just how unequal our society can be for communities of color.
The rise of this deadly pandemic and the shutdowns it has necessitated have proved difficult, dangerous, and draining for us all, but for some, this time of hardship and uncertainty has been magnified and exacerbated by underlying inequalities that have existed in this country since its inception.
Long before the Coronavirus, and viral videos, and the Civil War, and Jim Crow laws, Black people have been suffering. This country was built at the expense of Black communities, Black families, and Black lives. To acknowledge this does not diminish anybody else's suffering, but to fail to acknowledge it is to increase the suffering of many.
The killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis Police, preceded by Breonna Taylor, Philando Castile, Tamir Rice, and Eric Garner to name only a few, has served as a catalyst for the greater American populace to remember just how dangerous it can be to be non-white in America, and how the power of the state can be used injudiciously and without regard for human life.