We have a saying in the Black community: “When America catches a cold, we catch pneumonia.”
We are living through a crisis within a crisis. The pandemic kills us at double the expected rate. Public servants we pay to serve and protect us kill us off at three and four times the rate of our white sisters and brothers.
The Pilot seems to get it. Its reporters have done Pulitzer Prize work in exposing the county health department’s passivity in interpreting Dr. Mandy Cohen’s directives to take action when there are obvious spikes at nursing homes.
The Pilot covered the vigil and caravan led by Black organizations straight up. The Pilot gets it.
As Dr. King warned, we either change and learn to live as sisters and brothers, or we die like fools. It’s Transformation Time.
O’Linda Watkins-McSurely, President, Moore County NAACP
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