In a robust essay for The Atlantic, Ibram X. Kendi writes about The American Nightmare.
To be black and acutely aware of anti-black racism is to stare into the mirror of your individual extinction. Ask the souls of the 10,000 black victims of COVID-19 who may nonetheless be residing if that they had been white. Ask the souls of those that have been advised the pandemic was the “nice equalizer.” Ask the souls of these compelled to decide on between their low-wage jobs and their treasured life. Ask the souls of these blamed for their very own demise. Ask the souls of those that disproportionately misplaced their jobs after which their life as others disproportionately raged about dropping their freedom to contaminate us all. Ask the souls of these ignored by the governors reopening their states.
The American nightmare has the whole lot and nothing to do with the pandemic. Ask the souls of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and George Floyd. Step into their souls.
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