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June 2020

A World Controlled by COVID-19

Back when New York State, along with the states of Connecticut and New Jersey, were crushing under the deadly weight of the Novel Coronavirus and its COVID-19 disease, Governor Andrew Cuomo, in one of his highly respected, informative and leadership updates on the disease to his people, conceded: "...the virus is in control".

Governor Cuomo's blunt assessment of the prevalence, veracity and seriousness of the still spreading deadly pathogen, stunned New Yorkers into accepting responsibility for containing the Novel Coronavirus by staying at home, social distancing and wearing facial masks.

Pangs of 2020 - Dilemmas to Define a New Humanity

Just halfway through this fateful year, 2020, pangs - some unprecedented, some historical, are impacting global societies and their effects will surely define a new humanity of tomorrow and beyond.

The Novel Coronavirus and its COVID-19 pandemic - an unprecedented health affliction upon modern humanity, still active, spreading and deadly, infecting more than 10-million people worldwide thus far, and killing upward of 500,000, has already forced major social, health and institutional changes upon humanity.

A Season of Uncertainty Dawns

In the clear absence of rational national leadership toward inclusiveness, protecting public health and unity, a season of uncertainty dawns among the people in the United States (US).

As the COVID-19 pandemic stays prevalent, deadly and still spreading across numerous American communities, uncertainty mounts as global COVID-19 infections climb above 10-million people and as the death toll approaches 500,000 victims. In the US - the wealthiest nation on the Planet with the most advanced health system and research institutions, the absence of national leadership and management of the pandemic, is witnessing infections soar above 2.

Wearing Facial Masks - Beneficial to Containing COVID-19

According to health experts, there are life-saving benefits to individuals and communities by people wearing facial masks during the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Wearing facial masks, the scientists affirm, reduces the spread of respiratory droplets that harbor COVID-19 disease, thereby reducing the spread of the deadly Novel Coronavirus in communities. 

That some science-doubting people, acting upon fallible political rhetoric, resist the wearing of the simple device, which provides protection to doubters as well as communities, is plain dumb and ludicrous.

Waning Unity - Deepening Divide

Encouraged to partake from the wide-mouthed pitcher of 'spiked-Kool-Aid' towards its offerings of freedom, equality, opportunity and justice for all, I drank. I gulped like an out of water guppy thrown back to fresh waters, not the toilet bowl, and attaining a renewed quencher on life.

That was my acceptance of the ideals of democracy. That was my forgoing of pursuits to revolution and socialism. I gladly embraced the American dream. Taking an oath to defend the honor of the Republic naturally followed without hesitation.

COVID-19 - Still Deadly, Still Churning

Modern humanity has never faced such a formidable, invisible and deadly enemy as the Novel Coronavirus and its COVID-19 disease, which is still very much an active spreading pandemic infecting more than 9-million people worldwide, thus far, and killing more than 470,000.

The persistence of the pandemic across the United States (US) clearly rejects the non-scientific jargon that the disease would "disappear" in the warmer months. The US, at time of writing, has upward of 2.3 million COVID-19 infections and deaths of over 120,000, as according to a CNN report, half of the States are recording increases in infections, including the warmer States of Arizona, California, Florida and Texas.

The Character of the Movement for Final Social Justice

Ceteris Paribus- all other things being equal; the current and evolving global movement for final racial equality and social justice appears to be a peaceful exercise by the people to meeting the ends to end historical wrongs.

However, given the many variables at work to impede achieving universal human rights, continued acts and rhetoric of division, and aspirations to retain elitism, the scope of the final demand for racial equality and social justice could easily change in proportion to efforts to maintain a fallible status-quo.

On Freedom

At graduate school, Georgetown, Washington, DC, in the 1990s, a fellow student - the daughter of a former President of Ireland, gifted me one of her self-created pieces of art - a sketch of an equine in motion with a caption: "Freedom is a Gift".

Though I have lost communication with Tessa Robinson over the years as she ceded art to read law in London, and as I went to study law in New York City, her kind gift continues to resonate with me as an American living in a land of supposed freedom and opportunity for all.

A Personal Note on this Issue of Race in America

In the seven-years since I started writing this Blog, I've resisted many opportunities to include aspects of my own story. However, this recent global exposure of systematic racism, brought to the fore by the innocent slaying of George Floyd, at the knee of police, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States (US), compels me to provide a public statement.

As if all of you have not figured it out by now, I am Black, and very proud. I was born of the Caribbean Island of Barbados, where possessing an independent pen as a young journalist prompted a conflict with the late Prime Minister Tom Adams, which forced my immigration to the US in 1984.

To Right Historical Wrongs - a Step to Human Unity

The fact is: Racial equality and social justice must be respected, safeguarded and be firmly established into the culture of all societies.

Current quests for full recognition of these dignities of humanity will continue until the good people are satisfied that their aspirations have been fulfilled. 

While some demonstrations demanding basic universal human rights may have abated due to the deadly and spiking Novel Coronavirus and its COVID-19 pandemic, authorities should be well advised that this lull in protesting does not represent any ceding of efforts toward racial equality and social justice.