Carrboro Town Council member Barbara M. Foushee. Photo courtesy of Foushee.
The OC Voice is a portion of the OC Report newsletter where local residents may have a platform to talk about local issues they care about. Barbara Foushee is a Carrboro Town Council member.
As our nation and our communities continue to grapple with the coronavirus pandemic, increasing social unrest and the election of our lifetimes, I am reminded of how far we have come and yet, how far we still have to go.
We have to wear masks, stay 6 feet apart and wash our hands more times a day than we can count to protect ourselves and others from the virus. Our lives have changed for the foreseeable future and we’re adapting to move on. It has been difficult, but we are doing it and we are surviving and we will remember the many lives that have been needlessly lost.
The disproportionate impact of the coronavirus on our Black and brown communities has been front and center for all to see. This disparity is disappointing but not surprising, as nearly every social indicator from income to life expectancy, housing, education and so on reveals the additional burdens American society places on people of color.
The question is: what now?