After George Floyd’s death, captured for all to see on a video that’s gone around the world, even the willfully blind can no longer deny what is painfully obvious to Black people at an early age: all of us live in a dermocracy (pun intended) that privileges whites, marginalizes nonwhites and punishes those striving against the odds to live while Black.

That such a diversity of people has joined together in protesting Floyd’s death is cause for hope. Maybe, finally, at long last, a change of consciousness has taken root. If cultivated and expressed in grassroots political activities, this change of consciousness may bring forth policy changes that will ensure a more equitable society.

Joe Wallace, Seattle