Racism is woven into the very fabric of America. It is institutionalized in our Constitution. It was the primary reason for our most destructive war. It is a cancer which has plagued our body politic, lo, these past 244 years. Though it may go into remission for years or even decades, it is always there, ready to rise up whenever the country experiences weakness.
The coronavirus is definitely a weakness that has ripped the US apart, so it’s no surprise that at this point, the cancer came roaring back. We just need to listen to our best doctors (that would be the peaceful non-violent African and African-American activists that have been so eloquent about their response to this crisis), and we’ll be better off for it in the long run. Now is the time for active listening, not bluster and fearmongering.