The fact that racial minorities are so many times more likely to die from Covid-19 than their white counterparts in the UK and the US is also no surprise—the racism of income and health disparities are well known—and yet that injustice can still be experienced (by white people) as new. And further, those of us who are the universalised, privileged minority able to ‘shelter-at-home’ are encouraged in our paranoid vigilance in respect of those who have no choice but to take up public space in our stead.
In seinem Artikel With Apologies to Susan Sontag, We’re Going to Need Metaphor to Get Through This Global Illness diskutiert David Farrier die Gefahren und die Notwendigkeit von Methaphern im Umgang mit Krankheit – mit Susan Sontag und Virginia Woolfe:
Sontag wrote that “everyone who is born holds dual citizenship, in the kingdom of the well and the kingdom of the sick.” […] The terms of our dual citizenship mean that, to be a good citizen of both, we must imagine ourselves already ill. […] We cannot afford to read ourselves literally, when every touch of hand to face feels loaded with potential consequences. A kind of metaphorical being takes over instead: we must continue to act as if we have the virus, regardless of how we feel. […] Understanding ourselves as possibly ill—carried between the kingdoms of the sick and well—allows us to go beyond what we know and enter the experiences of others.
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