Two Viruses in the US: Coronavirus and Racism

May 28, 2020

Justice for George Floyd and his family.

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The outrage from the black community and across this country is understandable, it’s palpable. People are exhausted from their neverending fight for justice, they are outraged, and they feel powerless, not heard by our judicial and legal system.

I fear what may happen in this country if the powers in Minneapolis don’t arrest Derek Chauvin, as well as the three officers, Thomas Lane, Tou Thao, and J Alexander Keung , who stood by as George Floyd suffered dreadfully, pleaded for help and breath, and tragically died. They did nothing. The four men should have been immediately arrested and charged like any one of us would have been arrested and charged.

What did our president do? He incited violence tonight, “Any difficulty and we will assume control, but when the looting starts, the shooting starts.”

In my view, he is escalating the violence and taunting Minneapolis. I worry that the pain, outrage, and looting will play directly into the hands of Trump and his minions, who would love to see more chaos, division, and violence in this country. I don’t believe in violence. But what can be done? What’s the answer? Waiting years for our deeply flawed justice and legal system to do the right thing while the killings of black men and women continue? Not acceptable. It never was acceptable, yet it continues in this country.

American racism is lethal, endemic, and every bit as dangerous as the novel coronavirus.

Be safe.

Eleanor x

ABOUT ELEANOR:

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Puerto Rican-born Eleanor Parker Sapia is the author of the multi-award-winning, debut novel, A DECENT WOMAN, set in 1900 Puerto Rico, published by Winter Goose Publishing. Eleanor is featured in the anthology, Latina Authors and Their Muses. The author lives in Berkeley County, West Virginia, where she is working on her second novel, THE LAMENTS, set in 1925 Puerto Rico. Her adult children are out in the world doing amazing things, which fills her with enormous pride.