• Robert Louis Shepard, PhD

Time Will Tell

The article below by Arundhati Roy is powerful and well-written with some perspectives that I fully embrace. She closes her article with this, and I quote, "We can choose to walk through it, dragging the carcasses of our prejudice and hatred, our avarice, our data banks and dead ideas, our dead rivers and smoky skies behind us. Or we can walk through lightly, with little luggage, ready to imagine another world. And ready to fight for it." Unquote.

Through my lens the dominant group in society has already crafted the narrative that will "drag the carcasses of their prejudice and hatred" to the other side of Covid-19 as it relates to the Black race. On the other side, the negative aspects of the virus relative to the pristine Manhattan district in the Upper East Side of New York will soon be forgotten and the major devastation will be levied on New Orleans where a high concentration of Blacks reside.

The narrative will continue by linking the 2020 Mardi Gras spectacle to the spread of Covid-19. The death and destruction will be linked to Blacks inability to follow basic instructions of honoring the "Social Distancing Policy." Soon to follow will be that Africa leads the world in Covid-19 deaths, and so on. By now, the narrative should be known by individuals who can think for themselves.

While this negative perspective is being reported, time will show that the dominant group has continued to convene in extremely large crowds and gatherings at beaches and other close quarters around the globe. Look for it.

Over time there are things in society that one can transcend. However, from my lens "prejudice and hatred" is a lexicon that appears to be perpetual and will remain an eternal part of America's fabric.

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