Thu, Mar 04|
White Supremacy: Infecting the COVID-19 Response and Corrupting Democracy
his panel will discuss how the far right has used the pandemic to both exacerbate racial othering and undermine democracy, and how that is being felt on the ground in local communities. What forces have aligned during this crisis moment and how can the progressive movement work to counter them?
Time & Location
Mar 04, 2021, 2:00 PM PST
About the Event
On Jan. 20, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris were sworn in on Capitol Hill, ostensibly heralding the end of the Trump Era and a return to Democratic norms. Still, the brightness of the occasion was dimmed by both the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, which has taken the lives of 500,000 Americans, as well as violent events two weeks earlier, when far-right extremists stormed the Capitol in an effort to disrupt the peaceful transfer of power. These two crises—a deadly global pandemic and increasingly brazen far-right activity—are on their surface unconnected. Yet many of the same activists that supported or participated in the coup have also promulgated false information about Covid-19, largely as a tactic to undermine confidence in government, feed racist stereotypes, and build support for their own ideological movement.