Isolated from one another due to COVID-19 social distancing restrictions, many of us have found ourselves with more time on our hands to pay attention to world events with a new kind of perspective informed by our increased introspection. Inequities in healthcare and treatment by police have led to a perfect storm of critical experience and awareness, thrust to the mainstream of consciousness by a string of recent killings of Black people in the United States.

The Black Lives Matter movement has ignited a global uprising of support for political and cultural reform. Protests and counter-protests debating the role of the police in cities and communities across the country show no sign of letting up.

At such a turbulent time, we thought it would be useful to focus on some of the fundamental truths that unite us. Once again, we turn to science as a tool for cutting through the tremendous amounts of rage and grief being expressed all over the country, to focus on the biological facts that can inform and clarify our perspective. Recognizing our shared humanity during this difficult time is foundational to our ability to foster constructive dialogue and cooperation as we chart a way forward. It is in this spirit that we present the following animation we created years ago, “One Body,” as a reminder of the things we share, the things that unite us as a human family.