MY COUNTRY DOES NOT YET EXIST

(Quarantine Essay #38)

“Does everything have to be about race?” is the frustrated, oft-heard cry of the privileged. In America, yes, because racism has never been faced here, and as James Baldwin said, what cannot first be faced cannot be changed.

Recently even the National Geographic observed: “In urban centers large and small across the U.S., the novel coronavirus is devastating African American communities. The environments where most live, the jobs they have, the prevalence of health conditions such as high blood pressure and…