Racism, The Other Pandemic
Late in 2019 remote instances of a novel coronavirus swiftly grew exponentially and became a pandemic. Known as COVID-19, the first pandemic in 100 years swiftly swept the globe riveting universal attention. As 2020 unfolded, around the world millions of infections and hundreds of thousands of deaths subsequently strained medical delivery systems, devastated families and economies and challenged governments’ capacity to respond. It is ongoing.
In some instances denial of its reality and dismissal of its severity delayed effective response and led to epic failure to curb its spread and resulted in senseless and avoidable deaths.
There is another pandemic, representing centuries of low grade infection. In 2020 multiple incidents of virulent Racism in the United States catapulted this one onto the global stage, its acute nature making it a second worldwide pandemic.
Denial of its reality and dismissal of its severity has also resulted in senseless and avoidable deaths.
COVID-19 and Racism share a continuum of similarities:
Social Distancing………..Red Lining
While a long term solution remains elusive for the virus there is a cure for Racism. It is predicated on an acknowledgement that something is not right, reinforced by a call for and the passion to implement sweeping change.
It demands the vulnerability to accept that there is always another way to look at things and a willingness for self-education and to take action. And it requires commitment to inclusion, and for staying the course. The Race issue is not a sprint.
Societies around the world stand at a crossroads. The choices we make now will impact the health and wellbeing of generations to come.
Choice is powerful. What are you willing to do to make the world a better place?
Anti-Racism = Pro Humanity.
Linda Wiener © 2020