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Racism and coronavirus double the damage inflicted upon African Americans
Dr. Martin Luther King taught us that racism must be exposed.

By Contributor Apr 13, 2020, 3:05pm CDT
Rabbi Seth M. Limmer
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In this April 7, 2020, photo, two women pass each other and an African-American mural as they travel to and from a local grocery store on Chicago’s Southside. As the coronavirus tightened its grip across the country, it is cutting a particularly devastating swath through an already vulnerable population, black Americans.
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Today we are all sheltering in place. To defeat a lethal enemy, we sacrifice freedoms, limit contact with others, surrender financial security, and restrict ourselves from things we would like to be doing, in service of greater good of saving lives.

In past weeks, I have often heard that we are living in unprecedented times. That is likely true, but deceivingly so. This date in history remind us that staying in less-than-ideal places has more than once been a strategy for saving lives.

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Fifty-seven years ago, on the spring date of Good Friday, 50 courageous individuals chose to be commanded by the government to remain in place; they did so to combat a pernicious, nation-ravaging evil that had taken countless lives and seemingly knew no borders. Led by Martin Luther King, Fred Shuttlesworth and Ralph Albernathy, these peaceful protest marchers were incarcerated by Bull Connor. They intentionally remained in jail, eschewing bond, to combat the deathly evil of racism.

From that very Birmingham Jail, Dr. King would pen his rightly famous letter, first published 57 years ago this very day. He challenged us to pay attention to what his moment made clear, bringing to the surface the problems already present.

“We bring [racism] out in the open, where it can be seen and dealt with. … Injustice must be exposed, with all the tension its exposure creates, to the light of human conscience and the air of national opinion before it can be cured.”

Dr. King taught us that racism must be exposed. In the age of COVID-19, racism certainly has been exposed as a stubbornly infectious and lethal American virus. Racism is combining with coronavirus to double the damage inflicted upon African Americans.

We learned last week that people of color are dying disproportionately of the novel coronavirus. While some sing the chorus “the virus knows no color”, African-Americans are dying of the disease at alarming rates: people of color constitute 42% of COVID fatalities, but only 21% of the national population. Here in Chicago, the statistics are more stark: 70% of coronavirus deaths have found victims in our African-American community.


The injustice has been exposed is that both COVID-19 and Racism are killing the black community in Chicago and throughout America. This is not the bias of petty personal prejudice, but racism entrenched in American institutions: the legacy of intentional racist policies that led to tragic disproportions in housing, educational opportunities, food availability, employment prospects, and wealth generation.


Racism kills. It killed through the master’s whip. It killed through lynchings. It killed through the KKK. It kills through mass incarceration, with Cook County Jail serving as the worst current example. But racism also kills through the continuing effects of centuries of American policy that are every bit as lethal.


Yes, we are seeing death by COVID-19. But we are also witnessing death by racism. And through our history, racism has a much higher and even more tragic body count.


Fifthy-seven years ago, Dr. King did more than shelter-in-place to combat racism; he went to jail.

I imagine Dr. King might be encouraged to see all we are sacrificing to counter COVID. But I know he would also challenge us with this question: if we are willing to sacrifice to fight one deadly disease, what will America muster finally to combat the lethal virus of racism?

Americans have proven this month that, even without strong centralized leadership, we can unite to combat a pernicious killer. We can combine individual effort with state leadership and unprecedented federal investment to overcome a menacing threat.

Once we defeat the coronavirus, the time has come — and the road map has been drawn — for us as a nation finally to defeat the plague of racism.

Rabbi Seth M. Limmer is senior rabbi at the Chicago Sinai Congregation.
 

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It's a known fact that black Americans have higher death rates in the U.S health care system because whites are prioritized before blacks and people of color in general. If two people show up same time, be sure the white one will get the ventaliator and the other will not.
 
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It's amazing that this structural white racist hate is killing THOUSANDS of Africans in silence.

Chinese media is full of braindead shit heads who won't cover this and demonize the West.

... even though it was the Africans who violated quarantine and spread coronavirus and even bite the face of a Chinese nurse.

In contrast, Chinese media is run by fucking morons who can't even weaponize CENTURIES of INNUMERABLE events against hostile nations.

The solution to China's shit-tier soft power is NOT Confucian eunuch faggotry. It is to adopt a total war (in the realm of hearts and minds.) mindset against hostile nations.

... and the morons running Chinese state media don't show enough of it.
:agree: :agree:

Absolutely spot--on.

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Confucian EUNUCH Faggotry

Below is ( HU SHU LI ~ Cai Xin Media ) one of the head SLAVE Eunuch

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Below is ( YANG Jie Chi ~ Vice Premier ) one of the head SLAVE Eunuch



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@scope ,, @ChineseTiger1986

:hitwall:
I can not read Chinese characters.
Thus, I am quite blind on what happen inside PRC political landscape.

Could all of you educate me on who and who are the Top Decision Makers
and Traitors in CHINA that always support Cockroaches u.s.a. by implicitly acting
and behaving as the Head Eunuchs of the Cockroach KING Murican ??
 
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