Albert Camus wrote The Plague about Oran, a city inundated with a disease that devastates its residents with exponential spread. The worse the plague gets, the greater the panic becomes. Dr. Rieux is a physician who endeavors throughout the book to help as many people as he can, in spite of bleak results and increasing danger. Camus calls his readers to locate the plague in their contexts and throw the weight of their being against it.
Last week, a white man convinced of his racial superiority murdered nine black Americans. The extinguished lives of Cynthia Hurd, Rev. Clementa Pinckney, Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, Tywanza Sanders, Ethel Lance, Rev. Depayne Middleton-Doctor, Susie Jackson, Rev. Daniel Simmons Sr., and Myra Thompson demand our attention. Of the 9 victims, 6 of them were women. And then there is the five-year-old girl who survived by playing dead.
We cannot be timid about calling this what it…
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