|Ocean swimmers going in from the Terrigal Haven rocks this morning|
Trump has rightly publicly condemned the recent shooting death of a black jogger in Georgia and the asphyxiation of a black suspect by police in Minnesota, but has said and done little to repair the underlying problems that have led to the subsequent riots.
The latest black death was a catalyst for the riots, but Trump's long-standing subliminal (to him) racism -- treating white supremacists with equivalence at Charlotte, questioning Obama's place of birth, denigrating Mexican immigrants as "rapists", and so on -- sets the tone for the nation and gives racists succour.
This undercurrent of racism has been greatly exacerbated by the pandemic. The COVID-19 restrictions have created economic and emotional stress generally in the US, but the impact on the poor has been much greater. Statistics from 2018 show that 20.8% of blacks in the US live below the poverty line as against just 8.1% of whites. With inadequate safety nets, the economic effects of the pandemic must be hitting the black population particularly hard.
|Watching a whale from Terrigal Haven this morning|
(too far offshore to make a picture worthwhile)
Having said all of that, although he has helped perpetuate it, Trump cannot be blamed for long-standing racial bias and inequality in the US. However, he can be blamed for the very poor response of the US to the pandemic. Back in January, when the pandemic first hit the global radar, Australia and the US had the same information from their intelligence sources (Five Eyes) and from the World Health Organisation (WHO), yet the US has a death rate 77 times higher than Australia's. No amount of China- or WHO-bashing should be allowed to obscure these facts.
I walked (mostly) and jogged 6km again this morning. The hip flexor was bothersome, but not enough to cause limping or stop the running comeback plans.