The pandemic has shone a new light on the harms of racism in our society.
Narrowly viewed, COVID-19 affects Black, brown, and Native people more often and more seriously than people who are white. And broadly speaking, the pandemic has also laid bare fundamental injustices in our social order.
Today, we pause to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and his legacy of hope for America’s brighter and more just future. We are reflecting on Dr. King’s call to end racism and repair the harms it has writ upon our society. We are mourning what we have all lost because the talent, insight, science, and wisdom of people of color are–still–too often not at the table.
We are reflecting on the progress we have made since he wrote these inspiring words in 1960 and the steps we still need to take to achieve his vision of justice.
We are taking Dr. King’s good advice to keep moving forward, even when the path is difficult. And it has been difficult this year.
“If you can’t fly, run; if you can’t run, walk; if you can’t walk, crawl; but by all means keep moving.” – Martin Luther King Jr, 1960
Here’s a good resource for an important step toward justice: empowering ourselves and our kids to talk about race.
The Embrace Race website also has a section that curates COVID news, racial disparities, and racism.