It is perhaps for the first time that the entire world united in ‘fear’ as lockdowns followed the spread of Covid-19 infection. ‘Fear’ is also the basis of politics of ‘discrimination, dividing humanity and creating inequalities’, that has been on the rise lately, aided by, and also reinforcing, the post-truth politics.
Not surprisingly therefore, Covid-19 exposed the existing and continuing inequalities in the world. Besides the incidents of people of color being falsely accused/abused for spreading the virus, statistics reveal how the systemic inequalities have put the racially discriminated people at a far greater risk, even in the first world. Societies that are relatively more equal and people friendly are coping much better.
Covid-19 thus becomes a pointer to a skewed system that we accept as a ‘normal’, where, for example, ‘economic indices’ are more important than humanity itself.