White Supremacy: Infecting the COVID-19 Response and Corrupting Democracy
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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.