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TBV Statement on the Pillaging of Black Life in the Age of COVID-19

Photo by Clay Banks via Unsplash.

“To be a Negro in this country and to be relatively conscious is to be in a rage almost all the time.”

~James Baldwin

This weekend, our communities mourned the loss of George Floyd, Tony McDade, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, David McAtee, and so many others–known and unknown–who have had their lives snatched from their bodies due to state-sanctioned violence. 

At the same time, the 2019 Novel Coronavirus continued to rage through Black and Brown communities at unprecedented rates. Black people are twice as likely to die from COVID-19. Additionally, Black people account for 24% of people killed by the police in 2019. As both of these realities collide, we are reminded of how national, state and local governments routinely fail our communities without recourse. 

We are outraged that the value of Black lives in the eyes of American society has become something so low. As a community, we are here to say enough is enough and demand that actual changes be enacted to better protect Black lives. 

This paradigm shift has charged all of us to rethink the current systems protected and guarded at the cost of Black, Brown, and LGBTQIA lives. As insurgencies spread across the country demanding justice and reform, The Black Voice would like to show its support to those caught in the crossfire of this budding revolution. 

We are committed to telling the stories of Black people at UW-Madison and across the world. We are invested in the liberation of all Black people. We will be donating to the Louisville Bail Fund to show our solidarity to everyone who has fearlessly stood up for Black lives and the necessary social justice needed to transform this nation.

Black lives matter. 

Sincerely,

The members of The Black Voice

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