The pandemic calls for a show of humanity and consideration of everyone’s well being. International students arrive in millions to the United States because of the education they’re offered and bring a lot to the table, financially and otherwise. A consideration for their lives during a global pandemic isn’t too much to ask for.
Bringing myself to write this flooded me with heavy emotions, forcing me to think about the countless Black lives lost meaninglessly over the picking and choosing of who deserves human rights. I did not want to write down — making public proof — of the racist interactions I have endured throughout my lifetime.
Today’s interpretation of “All Lives Matter” is closer to “It’s OK To Be White” than the ideas such a movement would espouse on paper and this is blatantly wrong. Fixing this seems crucial now more than ever, as we find ourselves living in times that will likely be enshrined in history books for generations to come.
Are societies willing to sacrifice lives to protect the global economy, thereby reducing unemployment and economic suffering? Or must we put our financial resources into global health, so as to prevent even more extraordinary losses?
While it may be difficult to be overly positive right now, we can only hope that in sharing experiences and resources with one another, we can initiate a larger conversation surrounding work culture.
There is no better time for fundamental change than now.
The fundamental assumption when it comes to voting protocol should be as follows: everyone who is legally able to vote should be able to do so as easily as possible.
In the midst of an unprecedented pandemic that will likely leave a mark on humanity for eternity, it has become apparent that mere discussions about misinformation cannot suffice. We, as consumers of media, need to take action.
The unity demonstrated by communities across the globe in order to combat this virus is truly astounding. In the midst of the chaos, humanity prevails.
At the end of all of this, when the bodies are counted, they will likely claim they had no choice. They did everything they could and democracy is messy. We will know better, and we will vote like it.
Without the immediate issuing of these government-backed loans, companies will be unable to pay their creditors, let alone their employees — an undoubtable recipe for mass bankruptcy.
After Indiana, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and countless other states postponing their primary elections and expanding absentee voting guidelines, it comes as a shock that Wisconsin’s institutions have ruled otherwise.
The most privileged in our society are now being forced to face the reality that they aren't actually invincible, that there are some glaring gaps in services and support, and we can only hope that this leads to a revolution of sorts.
Perhaps disasters of this magnitude would always hit such groups the hardest, but the fact that a section of society lives life forever hanging perilously off a precipice highlights a deficiency in our society, where we are not able to adequately provide for all our fellow humans.
As the coronavirus pandemic tests our switch to alternative modes of education delivery, we should be reminded how online learning is increasingly relevant to ambitious and self-motivated students today willing to trade off the benefits of an on-campus instructional experience for greater convenience and flexibility.
I am exhausted. I imagine you are too.