We invented Whiteness for power and profit, and then forgot we did that.

Photo by the author.

(Click here to read the companion essay, The White That Binds)

Whiteness is an idea that some people made up in order to protect their money and power.

Each time the idea began to crumble along its obvious flaws, each time the profits based on the idea were threatened, it was shored up and…

The personal concern of “will I (or someone I love) become infected?” is not the scariest problem we have.

Coronavirus protests at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus, April 18, 2020.
Coronavirus protests at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus, April 18, 2020. © Ɱ / Wikimedia Commons / Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International

*(Updated April 23, 2020.)*

This past week, people protested stay-at-home orders in several states, often bolstered by bizarre tweets of encouragement from the President to violate recommendations he himself has made.

Photo of the author receiving chemotherapy before bone marrow transplant, October 2017.

Everyone is scared of COVID-19 (the disease caused by novel coronavirus). I get it. I’ve been in the hospital a lot in my life, and I definitely don’t want to go back. But a lot of the advice that I’ve seen lately about how to stay safe is pretty ridiculous…

When all this is over, I’m going to be grateful for every day that I wake up without pain.

The things no one wants to do, I will be ecstatic for — like getting up early to go for a run in the morning the way I used to. I’m going to be grateful for every meal that I get to enjoy without this little mountain of pills in…

A.M. Carter

A.M. Carter earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Florida. She writes about philosophy, science, politics and current events.

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