How did we get to August with over 150,000 people dead from Covid 19?
It’s bleak for sure, and for a long time people will struggle to answer that question.
I try to always see the positive side of things. Obviously with over 150,000 people dead from this dreaded virus that’s a challenge.
Has anything good come from the pandemic? I’d argue yes. The virus has spotlighted the inequalities in our country. I find it hard to believe anyone would deny that the folks who’ve been hit the hardest by the virus are older, poorer, minority members of our society, and folks with underlying conditions. One can’t help but wonder if the virus had primarily attacked wealthy white folks would the response from elected officials have been different or speedier?
However, because the problem has been spotlighted in way that cannot be denied, then we can begin to work to fix it. As long as you are in denial of a problem, you don’t see the need to act much less to search for solutions.
Despite the slow progress made over the years, the black/white divide has never seemed quite so stark.
From The Economist
Presbyterian Women of Ridglea, our women’s organization, has followed the lead of the Presbyterian Church USA. We’ve begun a 4-session study for the month of August called “In Black and White.” We’re reading and watching and listening to black authors and speakers. For too long white voices have been the primary voices to shape our world. We are taking a small step to decenter that whiteness.
The first article we read for last night’s session was “Decentering Whiteness in a Multiracial Society” by Stephanie M. Patterson printed in the September/October 2019 issue of Horrisons.
For next week’s class, we’re watching Baratunde Thurston’s Ted Talk Baratunde Thurston: How to deconstruct racism, one headline at a time
Then we’re reading an article I’ve shared here that I saw on Facebook: My White Friend Asked Me on Facebook to Explain White Privilege. I Decided to Be Honest, from Yes! Magazine. Here’s the link to my blog post with the link to that the FB comment. https://authormarsharwest.wordpress.com/2020/06/04/our-troubles/
Lastly, we’re discussing Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson either movie or book.