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This report examines “1.How are racial and ethnic disparities in the economy showing up in the COVID-19 epidemic?” 2. “How are racial and ethnic disparities showing up in the public policy response to the COVID-19 epidemic?” and looks at how economic effects of Covid impact inequality (Democracy Collaborative, 2020).
“Yes, years of police killings of unarmed African-Americans had stacked up like dry tinder. True, George Floyd’s public murder furnished the spark. But freedom’s forge must finish its work while the coals are hot. This is the hour to reimagine what America could become if “We the People” meant all of us” (William Barber II et. al., 2020)
“The George Floyd protests are not just about police violence. They’re about structural racism and the persistence of white supremacy; about the unresolved and unaddressed disadvantages of the past, as well as the bigotry that has come to dominate far too much of American politics in the age of Trump” (Jamelle Bouie, 2020).
Freedom of expression brings the spread of “false, offensive, harmful” content. “As more aspects of our lives increasingly move online, we must contend with operating in a digital public square owned by private entities...where freedom of expression falls...under emergent standards being shaped by technology companies” (Knight Foundation, 2020).
“The silencing of victims of political violence — the reduction of those who have suffered to lamentation and weeping — demonstrates its worst consequence: its paralyzing power...art matters because it articulates and materializes painful experiences into images that are capable of breaking that hold” (Doris Salcedo, 2020).
"Could the Covid-19 crisis accelerate the adoption of a new, more equitable and more sustainable development model? ... There must be a clear change in priorities and a certain number of taboos in the monetary and fiscal sphere must be challenged. This sector must work to the benefit of the real economy and used to serve social and ecological goals." (Piketty, 2020)
"The French economist Thomas Piketty is the bestselling author of Capital in the Twenty-First Century (2013) and its follow-up, Capital and Ideology (2019), a sweep through 1,000 years of the history of inequality. Speaking to the Guardian, he said he had been thinking about the opportunities this pandemic may present to build fairer, more equal societies." (Spinney, 2020)
“More than a thousand years before the Greeks invented democracy and the Romans undermined it with imperialism,” Ugarit and Mycenae “of the Bronze Age laid the foundations for what is often called Western civilization...the final decades of Ugarit and Mycenae tell us a lot about why cities fail — and who survives amid the ashes” (Annalee Newitz, 2020).
"In recent years, the market economy has become the market society. The virus could reverse that trend" (Carney, 2020)
"A funny thing happened in 2008: I lost the right to vote. Having been a non-resident of Canada for five years, I could no longer cast an absentee ballot. And not being a citizen of the United States, I could not, still cannot, vote where I live. So there it is. I am, in the eyes of the world’s elections agencies, an extravagant and wheeling stranger of here and everywhere." (Mohamed, 2020)
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