“There’s a virus going around. You may have heard of it. It’s highly infectious and can infect whole swathes of the population at any given time. It is not known how susceptible children are to the virus, but it has been confirmed that they can carry it, even if they show no explicit signs of disease. Adult carriers of the virus can display dramatic signs of illness and complications that can develop into life-threatening situations, and even death.
Many millions have been infected.
The virus can also lay dormant within an individual until activated by stress or other exterior provocations or aggravators. Many carriers display symptoms that are so common that they go unrecognised and undiagnosed, and thus untreated. A shortage of personal protective equipment has meant that transmission of the virus has reached epidemic levels.
The name of the virus, of course, is colonialism. And if you were born, raised or educated in what is commonly referred to as ‘the West’ at any point in the last 400 years, you have contracted it…”
Author: Jeffrey Boakye, English Teacher and author of Black, Listed
Date: 3rd June 2020