“In This Together” To Overcome Adversity and Injustice

Authored by Analeigh Marie Sanderson

If there can be one lesson we are learning from the adversity of the Coronavirus, it is that weare all connected. We are unified in the fundamental biology that makes us vulnerable to illness, and gives us our unique appearance. Yet the beauty of our diversity has been morphed throughthe monster of supremacy, and white people have been feeding the monster under the bed for generations. Passivism no longer passes, and the light of action has been turned on bright. It’s time to wake up.

Powerfully peaceful protests and antiracism demonstrations have dotted the national and global map in solidarity to police brutality and George Floyd’s death on May 25​ (1​).

People are taking action to prove that “we are in this together” reflecting the same responsive ideology to COVID-19 ​(2, 3)​. The year 2020 will be known as revealing a second, hidden pandemic that has been inherited through family dinner-time conversations, formulated in government regulations, and dispersed to the masses through municipal justice systems. The dis-ease ofracism against black people has plagued America forfar too long, though there are many vaccinations that, in turn, affect all layers of society.

Minneapolis downtown employee boardsworkplace windows to safeguard against riots.Instagram. @a_alseth. May 29, 2020.

Social justice organizations are swelling with support to address “unfinished business to create for us a more perfectunion” (​4)​. Popular media platforms such as Netflix, Spotify, and Facebook have made specific channels to support and disperse the black narrative. Schools from Maryland to California are being pressured to adjust curriculum to include anti-racist education​ (5, 6)​. State and local officials are addressing police brutalityand funding through “unprecedented reformmeasures”​ (7​). Conversation, education, and systemic reform are key factors that politicians, educators, organizations, and law officials are addressing to saythat yes, Black lives do matter.

The literal burning of downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota sparked a passion for justice in ourhearts, igniting a wildfire of global action for eradicating social and systemic racism. Why did George Floyd’s death create such global unrest? Because we are learning that life is too short to stand by and watch each other die.

Sources and further readings:

  1. NBC News. ​Map: George Floyd Protests Around the World. ​June 9, 2020. https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/map-george-floyd-protests-countries-worldwide-n1228391
  2. UNESCO. ​Resiliart: The Road to Recovery​. May 27, 2020. https://en.unesco.org/news/resiliart-road-recovery  
  3. UN News. ​Even During COVID-19, Art ‘Brings Us Closer Than Ever’. ​April 15, 2020. https://news.un.org/en/story/2020/04/1061802
  4. NAACP. Twitter @NAACP. June 25, 2020. https://www.naacp.org/issues/criminal-justice/
  5. Education Week Teacher. ​Attention School Leaders: Students are DemandingAnti-Racist Curriculum and Instruction.​ June 9, 2020. https://blogs.edweek.org/teachers/teaching_now/2020/06/students_are_demanding_anti-racist_curriculum_and_instruction.html
  6. The Atlantic. ​What Anti-Racist Teachers do Differently. https://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2020/06/how-be-anti-racist-teacher/613138/
  7. CNN. ​Police Reforms Quickly Take Hold Across America. It’s Only Just Getting Started​. June 14, 2020. https://www.cnn.com/2020/06/14/us/george-floyd-national-police-reforms/index.html
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