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Hate in the time of Covid

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THE Covid-19 pandemic has halted life as we know it but has also brought the world closer in facing a common enemy. Most of us follow similar routines — marked by fear, anxiety and frustration that are almost unprecedented in their intensity.

New global sensibilities are coming to the fore; the emotions and concerns we feel now may stay with us for longer than what would be expected by many. In fact, one of the starkest manifestations of our growing emotional imbalances is evident in the increasing hate and divisions that we see around us.

Covid-19 is not the first global pandemic. However, faster modes of transport and greater intermingling means that the contagion has spread in no time at all and its effects are being felt across the world. Modern technology has made it possible to bring news and warnings to our screens, tablets and handsets. What is interesting is that despite the rapid flow of information, humanity has still not been able to forge a common front for the fight against the pandemic. In fact, technology’s darker side is that it has become a source of spreading hate and xenophobic views.

Most global strategists agree that the coronavirus has so far posed two major challenges for the world; the first challenge is linked to the projected economic recession, and the other entails hate and hate speech.

Despite the flow of information, we have still not been able to forge a common front against the virus.

The economic challenge is quite critical and has already caused a reduction in production and the loss of millions of........

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