The Other Silent Killer

In Pensacola, nearly 200 African Americans gathered at an apartment complex to celebrate Easter. They stood together unmasked, closer than six feet apart. They hugged, talked face-to-face and carried on with the jubilance of any holiday party. Normally, the takeaway would have been “a community celebrated the resurrection of Jesus Christ.”

But today, we live nowhere near normal. We live in a world where we cross the street to avoid passing our neighbor on the sidewalk. We video chat with our loved ones, wear latex gloves in the grocery store, hide our lower faces behind homemade shields, and rarely leave the house. This is life during a pandemic, and it is quickly becoming our new normal.

The police broke up the Easter celebrants, largely because they were violating the safe distance guidelines most of the world is adhering to: stay six feet apart, because if just one drop of your saliva contains the coronavirus COVID-19, you could infect another person and start a domino effect of illness. Now, we have more evidence that for Black people in America, that one drop could be deadly.

Read the entire story in the May/June 2020 issue of ONYX Magazine. Subscribe today. 

By D. Shenell Reed

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