Systemic racism is as ubiquitous as rain. You hardly ever see it, but you see its effects all around you.
This is one of the messages from a panel discussion on race Monday, hosted by the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce and 100 Black Men of West Texas.
Topics ranged from education to crime to COVID-19, inviting doctors, the city's only Black psychologist, and experts in the fields.
One of the main points is Black people need to use their voice in the decision-making process at all levels of government.
"If we don't have a voice and we don't give our opinions," said Cicely Alexander, executive principal of the Lubbock Partnership Network. "If we don't give our stance on different decisions that are made for us...then decisions will continually be made for us that may not have our best interests at heart. And the best interests of our children at heart."
Doctors explained how COVID-19 affects minorities due to long-standing pre-existing health conditions. Doctors want everyone to know there is help out there if you have been affected by the pandemic, whether it's mentally, emotionally, physically or financially.
Click here - for the city's COVID-19 page, which includes links to available resources.