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Sorry to COVID-19 Heros & Heroines

Your Transition was Preventable


Dear COVID-19 Heros & Heroines,


I don't know you personally but I love you. Don't know all of your names but I miss you dearly. Don't know exactly when you transitioned but you will forever be my Heros & Heroines. You gave your life to an unrelenting and vicious enemy, COVID-19.


You were all alone in your hospital room or at home, with no chance to gripe or complain. You suffered an unimaginable end with no miracle within ear shot.


For those of us who remain, while not taking for granted an abundance of oxygen and functioning organs, there are no words.


I'm sorry that 447,459 of you died with 204k medical scientists, 160 medical schools, 535k active medical doctors, and 486.4k primary care physicians in the wealthiest country in this part of the Milkey Way Galaxy. I'm especially sorry that 31% (138,716) of you who perished were the descendants of slaves. Our melinated brothers and sisters.


I'm sorry that because of greed, pride, racism, gluttony, sloathfulness and wrath that you paid the ultimate sacrifice. You didn't need to transition, it was indeed preventable.


I'm sorry that your immediate family was not allowed to hold your hand or stroke your brow for essential soothing and for holistic comfort.


I'm sorry that the fruit of a loom underwear stain at 1600 Pennsylvania drug his feet and didn't move faster to get you needed help in time. He deployed vitriolic and bigoted excrement from the oval office. Spewed racist deification from the east room. Filled the American social and political environment with suffocating and toxic flatulence.


According to John Hopkins University and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, if he had been an adult, just, righteous and moved faster the majority of you would still be with us. When the numbers for COVID-19 deaths in New York were reported in April and May that included a majority of black and brown deaths, he sat on his hands and did nothing. Hoping to appease white supremacists by aiming for a million dead Black Americans.


To the families and survivors of the victims of the COVID-19 please remember the 22nd Psalm of David to the chief Musician upon Aijeleth Shahar:


"My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from helping me, from the words of my groaning?


O my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer; and by night, but find no rest. Yet you are holy, enthroned on the praises of Israel. In you our ancestors trusted; they trusted, and you delivered them.


To you they cried, and were saved; in you they trusted, and were not put to shame. But I am a worm, and not human; scorned by others, and despised by the people. All who see me mock at me; they make mouths at me, they shake their heads; "Commit your cause to the Lord; let him deliver let him rescue the one in whom he delights!"


Yet it was you who took me from the womb; you kept me safe on my mother's breast.


On you I was cast from my birth, and since my mother bore me you have been my God. Do not be far from me, for trouble is near and there is no one to help.


Many bulls encircle me, strong bulls of Bashan surround me; they open wide their mouths at me, like a ravening and roaring lion. I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint; my heart is like wax; it is melted within my breast; my mouth is dried up like a potsherd, and my tongue sticks to my jaws; you lay me in the dust of death.


For dogs are all around me; a company of evildoers encircles me. My hands and feet have shriveled; I can count all my bones. They stare and gloat over me; they divide my clothes among themselves, and for my clothing they cast lots. But you, Lord, do not be far away! my help, come quickly to my aid!


Deliver my soul from the sword, my life from the power of the dog!


Save me from the mouth of the lion! From the horns of the wild oxen you have rescued me. I will tell of your name to my brothers and sisters; in the midst of the congregation I will praise you: You who fear the Lord, praise him! All you offspring of Jacob, glorify him; stand in awe of him, all you offspring of Israel!


For he did not despise or abhor the affliction of the afflicted; he did not hide his face from me, but heard when I cried to him. From you comes my praise in the great congregation; my vows I will pay before those who fear him. The poor shall eat and be satisfied; those who seek him shall praise the Lord. May your hearts live forever!


All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the Lord; and all the families of the nations shall worship before him. For dominion belongs to the Lord, and he rules over the nations.


To him, indeed, shall all who sleep in the earth bow down; before him shall bow all who go down to the dust, and I shall live for him. Posterity will serve him; future generations will be told about the Lord, and proclaim his deliverance to a people yet unborn, saying that he has done it."


Remember the encouraging words of Apostle Paul to the church at Philippi. Paul wrote in Philippians 4:19, "And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus."


In Psalm 94:18-19 the psalmist tells us, "I cried out, "I am slipping!" but your unfailing love, Lord, supported me. When doubts filled my mind, your comfort gave me renewed hope and cheer."


Apostle Paul tells us in Romans 5:8, "But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners."


If we are to remember anything during this pandemic, we must remember our main assignment in this life. In Matthew 28:20, Christ commanded believers to, "Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age."


In Deuteronomy 31:6 it declares, "Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you."


Our sisters and brothers that were victims of this pandemic have now returned to the Host of God from which their souls originated. We will join all of them soon and very soon.


Your brother in the struggle for truth, justice, righteousness, reciprocity, balance, order and harmony,


Dr. Michael Carter Sr., Th.D
Black Wall Street USA Global
Office of the President




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