It’s lockdown time now because of the COVID-19 pandemic and many married people aren’t happy.
So, we condemned China last month for the video beating of black people on the streets of Guangzhou, and this month we must condemn the United States for the wanton murders of black people, the latest one on video being the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota. We declare that Afrocentricity International in its quest for African unity stands with those courageous people who defy any racial or cultural attacks on Africans anywhere.
The murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery are visceral in our collective consciousness. All three murders were completely unnecessary and vividly demonstrate that all men are not created equal under American Law and the American Constitution. The 13th Amendment drafted in 1865, which was supposed to abolish slavery clearly created a loophole for continued slavery through incarceration summarily reads: “slavery shall not exist in the United States…except as punishment for a crime whereof the party has been duly convicted”. The vistages of the 13th Amendment have fueled the growth and development of a criminal justice system where blacks are incarcerated at five times (5x) the rate of whites, and is a direct product of police brutality against blacks. The recent murders and the inability of the criminal justice system to respond in an equitable way has led to protests and/or riots in all 50 states.
As Florida slowly reopens and people start getting back to work, I want you to know that Florida Power & Light Company understands just how disruptive the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to be. As neighbors and fellow Floridians, we’re in this together and FPL remains here to help, especially if you are experiencing hardship.
In this covid-19, coronavirus pandemic, in 2020, Black Americans have the highest morality rates and worse health outcomes of any racial group in the country. There is a major gap in healthcare, education and economics across the country and it becomes imperative for Black Americans – “To Put the Black Community First.”
"The thing we have learned throughout this pandemic is that the best defense against the spread of this virus in our community is our residents having access to accurate and reliable information about the virus and how to protect themselves and their loved ones." - Albert Bryan Jr., Governor, U.S. Virgin Islands
For three years Americans have been waiting to hear from past President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle Obama. Don’t get the wrong impression that in the last three years that Barack and Michelle have not been working. During the week of April 17th, 2020, President Obama gave two powerful commencement speeches, one to HBCU’s graduates. The other to High School graduates, carried on many different television stations, and media networks - on how he thought President Trump was handling the coronavirus pandemic.
There are very few statistics in America on how many Black people have died as a result of the coronavirus. There is a high chance everyone knows someone who has died. Everyone is walking around with a broken heart, and dying will become a part of living during the pandemic epidemic. Everything that is bad comes to Blacks first in disproportional numbers. Our healthcare outcomes are the worst in the country, which is no surprise. In addition to all of that, recently more police and white men are using Black people as target practice.
It was only just over 100 years ago, on January 1, 1914, when the world's first scheduled passenger airline service took off. Since then, air travel has been taken for granted. In the interim, the world has experienced World War I, the Spanish flu, the Great Depression of the 1930s, World War II and the 2008 financial crisis. Advent COVID-19 and we find that the world's passenger airlines have been grounded and some will never return.