June 11, 2020

From Isha-Charlie McNeely, Director of Outreach, Inclusion, and Community Engagement, Trauma Informed Oregon & Darrlyn Moorer, LMSW, Pediatric Social Worker

COVID-19 has impacted everyone in this country significantly. It has brought forth a mixture of experiences and emotions that have collided and contradicted simultaneously. Speaking from my own personal experiences, I have felt confused about what I should do, but I’ve never been clearer about what needs to be done. For example, I sometimes feel I am not doing enough to keep my family safe through social distancing, however, there are times when “keeping safe” is through community which is the exact opposite of what is being recommended. This is a struggle within the black community because this is how we have overcome so much adversity and oppression—through uniting and taking care of one another—and yet, this same thing can bring grave harm.

This is just one of many examples of how uniquely everyone is experiencing this virus due to culture, race, positionality, and many more factors. In this vlog with Darrlyn Moorer, LMSW, Pediatric Social Worker, you will receive some insight of how COVID-19 has affected the black community but even more so, how the virus has spotlighted a dark, deep, and long history of racial injustices. Everyone across the country is having their own REAL TIME experiences with this virus, while blacks, specifically, are being reminded that we are still fighting and being faced with the same struggles which COVID-19 has brought to light—the economic and health disparities faced in our community are far more vast than whites. This stems from systemic racism that includes: the lack of opportunities for acquiring wealth, denial and improper healthcare, higher interest rates, and the list goes on. This vlog speaks directly to some of these issues and experiences blacks face in this country but it also offers encouragement and hope on how we move forward as a country.