The impacts of COVID-19 have made information essential to our daily lives on a scale we have not seen before. Something positive we can take from all of this news is the long overdue narrative we are seeing for frontline workers. Doctors, nurses, janitors, caregivers, law enforcement officers, grocery clerks, mail carriers, and delivery drivers have all been justifiably lifted up as heroes, and we are learning about their stories. It shows that when a true narrative is told, we can do better.
Narratives are not only stories; they are power.
One of the recurring themes we’ve heard while on our southern listening tour was the role narrative plays in how people are perceived and, as a result, how they are treated. An essential piece of the work of E Pluribus Unum is to correct the false narratives that have kept so many people on the fringes and replace them with new narratives that help us define our common humanity and interdependence on one another.
If we learn nothing else during this global pandemic, let us learn that. This summer, we will be launching a new narrative project specifically with this goal in mind. Stay tuned for more.
One way we can change existing narratives is to ensure our government’s makeup is more representative of the population as a whole. To that end, the census plays an important role in making our government and systems more representative and accountable. Check out more info on why the census is important in building power and why it’s important that we help the many southern states who are behind target right now.
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