Social Activism for Black Lives During COVID-19
The global pandemic of COVID-19 brought many changes to our daily lives in Lafayette. Quarantine has lasted a long time and has been hard for many people. The devastation left behind by the virus has been evident in our community but there are still positives that came from this situation. The quarantine brought to light the injustices being made against the black community for many individuals that were previously unaware. The pandemic has affected not only the public’s physical health but their mental health. Masks are now required to enter businesses and keep those safe around you, especially when protesting for the Black Lives Matter movement. Masks create a barrier for safety and ease the public’s mind when it comes to Covid-19.
This interview done by Kaci Breaux with Amanda, speaks on the intersection of the pandemic and the march for Black Lives Matter. As the co-chair of the University's socialist committee and a frequent participant of the BLM protests based in Lafayette, she presents a unique take on 2020 as a whole and stands up for the usage of masks.
The podcast above titled "Mental Health Disparities during Covid-19 and the Movement for Black Lives Matter", breaks down the effects of mental health created during this pandemic using interviews from University affiliated citizens.
2020 has been a time of great change and in order to continue advocating for the improvement of life, we must stand up for equality and safety by wearing masks and contributing to the movement. This not only will improve the physical state of the community, but improve people's mental health. Mask up and safely advocate for racial justice in America.