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

Publisher’s Note: This is a letter to the editor, submitted by a reader, and reflects the opinion of the author. The Pilot welcomes letters from readers on its Opinion page, which serves as a public forum. The Pilot is not in the business of suppressing public opinion. We are a forum for community debate, and publish almost every letter we receive. For information on how to make a submission, visit this page: https://www.thepilot.com/site/forms/online_services/letter/

(6) comments

Joyce White

O'Linda - thank you for your thoughtful comments. I too agree the Pilot has been doing a good job reporting on issues Black citizens have had to deal with that the rest of us don't, which is what I expect a quality newspaper to do.

Janet Cunningham

Thank you for the well deserved praise of The Pilot's courageous reporting, especially given the politics of many of their readers.

Peyton Cook

What about the black on black crimes rates in cities like Chicago run by Democrats for decades. That is the real tragedy. Why don’t the NAACP and Black Lives Matter get involved in helping these citizens?

Kathleen Eaton

Hatred, which could destroy so much, never failed to destroy the one who hated, and this was an immutable law. . . . I imagine one of the reasons people cling to their hates so stubbornly is because they sense, once hate is gone, they will be forced to deal with pain.

James Baldwin, 1924–1987

Mark Hayes

The Pilot gets it, I don't. " The 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 "???.

Jim Davis

The writer sets a very low bar for "Pulitzer-Prize" work.

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