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Hines 1 Deborah Hines Sari Carter 7 August 2020 Is Empathy Important? Ask yourself do you have empathy towards a disease or a pandemic? Many of us have challenging thoughts on whether or not we should have empathy for this ongoing situation. In “Race and the Opioid Epidemic” Cohen expressed to us how the drug pandemic was such a huge issue and also showed how race was the main issue. Like do we have empathy for this drug addiction? Then we begin to look at “Devil’s Bait” and we see that Jamison main focus is to show us how many people think this is a joke and how many people are triggered by this. She begins to question the readers but also herself. Both Cohen and Jamison call for more empathy in relation to an addiction and a rare disease. I would like to extend their argument about the importance of empathy in order to think about how empathy has formed the current responses to the Covid-19 pandemic. In the current pandemic there seems to be a division between who is most likely to get it or who most likely cannot afford the medical attention to get the help. Imagine if you had a young niece who died from Covid-19 because she did not get the proper help and attention. How will you feel? Will you have empathy for them? Being A woman in today’s society is such a huge thing. Women can be judge and have a target on them in so many ways. As we see in Jamison's article

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