Given the extent to which the coronavirus has shaken up the world it’s hard to imagine a disease more virulent than Covid-19, but there is one. It has infected hundreds of millions of people, contaminated institutions around the world and disrupted countless lives in unimaginable ways. That disease is racism.

Just when you might have thought nothing would push the coronavirus off the front page or replace it as the lead story on the evening news, we’re confronted with another story about a white cop killing an unarmed (and defenceless) black man. You would think that with the introduction of body cameras by most big-city US police departments, the proliferation of Instagram (which ensures such incidents will go viral within minutes after they happen) and the huge protests after the last such incident, that police officers would finally get it. But that’s the epidemiology of a virus. It is errant. When and where it pops up defies logic. ..

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