Day 5

Word of the Day


“Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me.” – Mark 8:34b

For Reflection

How do I want to be treated by others? How do I fall short of treating others respectfully? What three things can I do to better promote the dignity and wellbeing of all people?

Human Rights at the Center of a Post-COVID World

The health and economic crises brought about by the coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated the issues of poverty, racial inequalities and entrenched discrimination. In the United States, COVID-19 has taken a greater toll on people of color (POC) than it has white Americans:

  • Latinos and Blacks contract the virus at a rate three times higher than Whites
  • Blacks are dying at a rate 3.6 times and Latinos 2.5 times higher than Whites
  • 45% of Blacks lost their jobs or had hours cut at the start of the pandemic, compared to 31% of Whites

Today is International Human Rights Day and the United Nations is calling for pandemic recovery programs to address these racial inequalities by:

  • Ending all and any kind of discrimination
  • Address inequalities
  • Encourage all recovery efforts — at the local, state, regional and federal level — to include representatives from all socioeconomic and racial backgrounds for recovery efforts that meet the needs of all
  • Promote sustainable development that incorporates human rights and the needs of the environment