Racial Disparities During the Covid-19 Pandemic

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So far, the Covid-19 virus has taken the lives of over 420,000 people worldwide. In the United States alone, there have been over 2,000,000 confirmed cases, and 117,000 deaths. African-Americans have accounted over one third of coronavirus fatalities, even though they make up only 13 percent of the U.S. population. So why is this? Pre existing inequities tied to race, socio-economic status, and access to healthcare are contributing factors as to why there are a disproportionate number of deaths between black and white people. In Wisconsin, African-Americans are only 6 percent of the population, but make up 40 percent of Covid-19 deaths. Socio-economic disparities between communities of color and white people have led to a difference in health outcomes due to lack of accessible resources for many inner city communities. Covid-19 has brought to light the impact of years of environmental racism and systemic oppression. As a direct result of slavery, colonization, and segregation, people of color have been forced to occupy inner city neighborhoods, which are much more susceptible to infection than suburbs or affluent parts of the city. People of color have never been as successful as their white counterparts because of generations of violence against them. On top of that, the government has enforced capitalism as a system grounded in white colonialism to ensure POC continue to live life in the cycle of poverty. Food deserts, medical apartheid, and poor air quality are just a few factors that contribute to higher rates of heart disease, asthma, and high blood pressure in inner city neighborhoods. These diseases leave individuals with compromised immune systems and leads to a lower survival rate of Covid-19. In hospitals and centers where Covid-19 is being treated, there have been far too many occasions when doctors and nurses disregard black patients. This stems from the false stereotype that black people can sustain pain more than white people, and they therefore receive less or no treatments. Bringing forth equality in the U.S. will only come once everyone acknowledges the systemic racism and oppression that marginalized groups face in this country, and actively work to reconstruct these systems.

https://www.vox.com/coronavirus-covid19/2020/4/18/21226225/coronavirus-black-cdc-infection

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8 Comments

  1. So so sad that you are writing this article in a Houston where the numbers are rising every day in the past week. You article has highlighted who is being affected and why. Yes who is going to what hospital and who is holding the best insurance is more likely to survive COVID than some one on Medicaid or no insurance at all.

  2. Emmerentia Asafor Nupa.
    Thank you for this article that comes at a time of a global cry against racism and black marginalization.
    You are absolutely right when you make reference to “medical apartheid, systemic racism and false stereotypes “
    We remain hopeful for a more equitable social system.

  3. Well written and very true. The poverty and low incomes of blacks in the US resulting from systemic racial discrimination has led to them being disproportionately affected by all diseases. These for a long time have included diabetes, high blood pressure, all cancers, HIV/AIDS and it would have been a surprise if COVID-19 had been different. I am however, very impressed by the fact that at your young age you are aware of these disparities. You and your peers can only protect yourselves if you know this.

  4. Congratulations Mambo, I have the feeling that this is just the beginning of more geat things to come from you. I love, stay blessed

  5. More thought-provoking to me, is the fact that you are so full of awareness at your age. I believe in you and your upcoming class of global citizens because your activism will change lives. Please continue to stay plugged in, toiling, eager, learning and ready to share your opinion. This here is practice to seize the moment and effect change. Do not wait for the opportunity to be given to you – seize it, define it and change. Bring it to those who need it.

  6. Great article – quite impressive from a teenager. It really sheds light on this pandemic & how it disproportionately affects African Americans. Good job, Reyna

  7. The world is in a better place when our children start taking up the task to right social wrongs. A very proud uncle.

  8. So true and aptly put my dear Reyna. When the young start thinking and preaching social justice, we are confident that the future will be better than the present. Very proud aunty here

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