One Real Thing: The World Watches America Sputter

Cartoon by Alex Bowman

Boy, are we blowing it. After the July 4th holiday weekend cases of COVID-19 surged in the United States due to a piecemeal response by governors throughout the country. Last week, the EU banned American travelers, while Canada is fining them and Mexico is working to introduce tighter restrictions on them. It seems as if there’s no longer the same privilege of holding a U.S. passport.

Our unchecked air pollution is compounding the effects of the virus for frontline communities which means that Black and Latino people have been disproportionately affected by the coronavirus in a widespread manner that spans the country, throughout hundreds of counties in urban, suburban and rural areas, and across all age groups. Extreme partisanship has made a coordinated response to the virus virtually impossible and has eroded America’s image with the international community.

It doesn’t have to be this way, but this is the path we’re choosing.

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