This pandemic has not fallen equally across society. It has magnified crises that have always existed for Black and brown people. Now, more than ever, we need long-term solutions to these longstanding inequities.
This crisis will not be resolved soon. But Black and brown families, in particular, cannot survive a middling, incremental response. We need radical, unprecedentedly bold, race-forward ideas to bring immediate aid to communities on the brink of death and collapse. In the coming weeks, we need to bring that relief by addressing 5 core problems at the root of the current crisis.
Our Constitution was designed to protect the institution of slavery and has led to the centuries-long assault on Black people and the ongoing struggle to secure the right to vote. This is why we put forth a proposal to finally, fully guarantee the right to vote.
Gulf Coast communities face the same environmental and racial injustices they faced during Hurricane Katrina—except now with the overlapping crises of COVID-19, economic collapse, and uprisings for Black Lives. Policy change must undo this injustice.