What if Abraham Lincoln, Harriet Tubman or any great leader were victims of a pandemic?
LISA DUBOIS | 4/9/2020, midnight
A pandemic encourages people to question their own mortality. When people do not take precautions, it costs lives. Statues of famous people remind us how the life of one person can alter the lives of so many people.
If Abraham Lincoln died from a virus before becoming president who would have taken up the cause for the freedom of slaves? If Harriet Tubman did not bring slaves north how many generations would have been lost? How long would India have continued to be under British rule if Gandhi had not fought for independence?
The coronavirus has created a paradigm shift in the world. Humanity is focused on survival. The tolls of this crisis will linger a long time after a vaccine is found. The year 2020 will be remembered as the year of the Great Pandemic when people walked 6 feet apart. An era when people were forced to reckon with a new reality.
We have access to advanced scientific knowledge unlike any other time in history. The best medical scientists will find the right treatment. It will not be 100% effective unless there is a global network that shares this information with the most remote parts of the world. The virus arrives at a time when the world is experiencing political tension. We are just recognizing our role in the effects of climate change. Race relations are steadily deteriorating. COVID-19 doesn’t recognize economic status, race, religion or sexual orientation. The coronavirus does not care if you are homeless or own a Park Avenue mansion.
Medical professionals agree that wearing an n95 protective mask would cut down on the spread of the virus. Wearing a protective mask continues to be controversial. Some people wear masks while others don’t. It’s difficult to buy a mask so some go without. It’s safer to wear a mask for oneself and for others. Some have access to quick testing while others will only find out when it’s too late.
Creatives, artists, photographers…express your love for humanity with a statement. Photos of statues of historic people wearing protective masks reminds us of what we can gain from saving one person’s life.
Lisa DuBois was born and raised in Harlem. www.duboisphotoart.com