This edition of the Nonprofit Quarterly was assembled during societal upheaval so massive it is like a rent in the universe. Since we published last, police in the United States murdered Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Tony McDade, and Rayshard Brooks—and a father and son chased down and murdered Ahmaud Arbery, because, according to a Georgia Bureau of Investigation agent, the father “had a gut feeling that Mr. Arbery may have been responsible for thefts that were in the neighborhood previously.” These amid very many others whose names the world is only just now learning, and many who may well never make it into international or even national news. Followed by a still-ongoing wave of brutal attacks by police on folks protesting police brutality.
And this on the heels of a pandemic that has overtaken the planet, bringing with it widespread unemployment and suffering that has occurred disproportionately among those already marginalized financially and socially. Those attending and counting the hospitalizations and deaths have observed that Black and Brown people are falling ill and dying in greater numbers; they are being laid off in greater numbers, too, even though they make up a strong contingent of those deemed “essential workers”—those putting themselves at greater medical risk than others.
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