The coronavirus doesn’t discriminate, but the world we occupy does. The virus has illuminated in stark reality a grave social injustice. It has struck more viciously and with greater force in minority communities. What will we do about it?
“Let nobody give you the impression that the problem of racial injustice will work itself out. Let nobody give you the impression that only time will solve the problem. That is a myth, and it is a myth because time is neutral. It can be used either constructively or destructively. And, I’m absolutely convinced that the people of ill will in our nation – the extreme rightists – the forces committed to negative ends – have used time much more effectively than the people of good will. It may well be that we will have to repent in this generation, not merely for the vitriolic works and violent actions of the bad people who bomb a church in Birmingham, Alabama, or shoot down a civil rights worker in Selma, but for the appalling silence and indifference of the good people who sit around and say, “Wait on time.” Somewhere we must come to see that human progress never rolls in on wheels of inevitability. It comes through the tireless efforts and the persistent work of dedicated individuals. Without this hard work, time becomes an ally of the primitive forces of social stagnation. So, we must help time and realize that the time is always right to do right.” – Jim Wallis
Habitat for Humanity Metro Maryland is a member of the Montgomery Housing Alliance (MHA), a coalition of organizations focused on increasing the rate of preservation and development of affordable housing in Montgomery County. MHA has issued a Call to Action – COVID -19 CRISIS: BEND THE CURVE TOWARDS EQUITY AND JUSTICE. Read more here.
Advocate for Action by contacting:
Marc Elrich, County Executive, 240-777-0311 or @marcelrich
Sidney Katz, Council President, 240-777-7906 or @sidneykatz4mc