The Unseen Victims
Another Tuesday, another week of coronavirus. Under normal circumstances, you’d probably be reading this at work. I’d probably be in class right now. But we’re not, and we just have to deal with that.
There isn’t a ton to say about pandemic life that hasn’t been said already. I wish I studied more when I took History of Plagues (the closest thing an art school has to a science requirement), but other than that, I don’t have a ton to add. We’re all hearing about the heroic paramedics, the hospital workers, the grocery store workers and the delivery drivers who are risking their health to give us something that resembles a functioning society. And say what you will about America, but I think the public doing a pretty good job of appreciating these people and doing what we can to help them.
But the deeper you look, the more you see that there are victims everywhere. People who are being crushed by this virus who aren’t medically vulnerable or working a job that puts their lives in danger. And we still need to help them.
It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of live music, and I had a bunch of concert tickets for this summer that I was disappointed about likely missing. But once that initial wave of selﬁshness went away, I started worrying about the road crews from my favorite bands. People whose entire livelihoods revolve around summer concerts and sporting events, and likely won’t be able to work this year. Or at the very least, will be working in a dramatically reduced capacity. I’ve spent much of the last week contributing to various charities that have been set up to help these people. Some of my favorite bands have been selling special merchandise with proceeds going to their crews, and some big concert promoters have set up funds to help these people. Again, it’s a testament to how compassionate our country is being about this.
None of this is to say that you need to donate money to rock and roll roadies. That would certainly be a waste of ink. But I implore you to ﬁnd the unseen victims in whatever circles you run in, and see if there’s some way you can help them. After all, we’re in this together.