Opinion

Racial Profiling and the Pandemic – Two Public Health Emergencies

Racial Profiling and the Pandemic – Two Public Health Emergencies

To help slow the spread of COVID-19, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have advocated for the wearing of face coverings in public spaces; a minor inconvenience that we should all be willing to endure for the benefit of those around us. In the United States, however, this has not been so easy a sacrifice for many within the Black community, who have expressed fear that covering their face in public could exacerbate racial profiling.

Why Stone Statues Don’t Represent Equally Enduring Beliefs

Why Stone Statues Don’t Represent Equally Enduring Beliefs

Over the past few months, while immersed in the coronavirus pandemic, Ireland has successfully “flattened the curve”, with daily confirmed cases finally reaching below 50 consistently. As wider society marks this triumph with the gradual easing of restrictions, people on the margins continue to suffer greatly, with little recognition or action. Covid-19 infection has increased rapidly in Direct Provision centres around the country.

Direct Provision and the Lasting Impact of COVID-19

Direct Provision and the Lasting Impact of COVID-19

Over the past few months, while immersed in the coronavirus pandemic, Ireland has successfully “flattened the curve”, with daily confirmed cases finally reaching below 50 consistently. As wider society marks this triumph with the gradual easing of restrictions, people on the margins continue to suffer greatly, with little recognition or action. Covid-19 infection has increased rapidly in Direct Provision centres around the country.

Judi Dench, 85, Becomes British Vogue Oldest Cover Star

Judi Dench, 85, Becomes British Vogue Oldest Cover Star

The “over-50s” category accounted for 47% of all cosmetic expenditure in the UK in 2019. The so-called ‘grey penny’, is the label given to the sizeable contribution by this category; a name that demonstrates the disregard by fashion firms to the needs of these consumers to see themselves in the products that they are buying. The excuse that ‘youth is beauty’ fails to cut the mustard anymore because evidently, beauty has no borders.

Life after Covid – a Move Towards Social Equality

Life after Covid – a Move Towards Social Equality

Likened in scale to major historic occurrences such as the 1918 flu pandemic and World War II, most of us today assume that Covid-19 will be the most dramatic event to take place in our lifetimes. While many agree that the pandemic has evidenced many societal flaws, by shining a spotlight on inequality, a crisis is always accompanied by an opportunity for improvement. Therefore, envisaging the aftermath of coronavirus, we as a society may hope that this collective experience will bring about many positive changes.