For Black people in Charlottesville, fixing broken systems is life or death

“This ain’t livin’, this ain’t livin’” are the words of Marvin Gaye’s 1971 song “Inner City Blues” that still echoes across the decades and once again pierces our collective consciousness.

Life for many people in America, particularly Black people, is not living at all; rather, it is survival at best in a system that is fractured and failing. Furthermore, the recent pandemic and social unrest are clear indicators that our social systems are, well, broken.

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