“Racial inequity is a problem of bad policy, not bad people.”
—Ibram X. Kendi, How to Be an Antiracist
It's been a devastating week here in the USA. On top of the unnerving daily anxieties we are all living through with the Covid-19 pandemic – which has been compounded by the failure of the federal government to treat the crisis with the attention and focus it clearly merits, leading to a chaotic, poorly coordinated response – we as a nation must once again confront the horrific consequences of our failure to address the gross underlying inequalities in how our people are valued and treated as a result of perceived differences that have been constructed by the dominant culture with the primary purpose of maintaining power. These constructions of difference must be deconstructed to reveal their largely fictional, imaginary and false bases. We can do this, we can change. We are all Americans, and, ultimately, we are all inhabitants of the one and only planet that will have us. We are all in this together.