The fallacy of a ‘new’ normal

Over the past month, we’ve been inundated with messages from influencers, philanthropists, individuals, companies, and any moderately progressive institution about how the normal never served the masses. It’s true, the inequity that COVID-19 has laid bare for all to see (or anyone will to), is centuries in the making.

Activist voices have highlighted these issues for decades, they are not new or accidental— essential workers on the frontlines are disproportionately people of color. In New York City, 75% of frontline workers are Black, Latino, and Asian. Today, African Americans…