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Though the LGBTQ community has made great strides, we still have work left to do. We must commit to ending racism and discrimination in the Black and LGBTQ communities in America by changing hearts and laws and challenging ourselves to do better.

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As the rate of newly reported coronavirus cases is surging in Athens and Georgia, the University System of Georgia is facing criticism for not requiring students, faculty and staff members to wear masks. In addition, the new surge in cases could hurt Georgia's economy.

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Athens and Georgia both saw an increase in their daily number of reported cases last week. In addition, the University of Georgia began Phase One of its reopening plan on June 15.

On June 16 as an editorial board, we reopened our conversation about capitalizing Black — the decision came quickly. We discussed the importance of a capital “B,” as many Black Americans identify as Black racially, ethnically and culturally. Together, we decided this was the best way to respect the Black community in our writing.