The overwhelming majority of those who are losing their lives to COVID-19 are African American.
Across many parts of the U.S., black Americans are dying of COVID-19 at disproportionately high rates. In Milwaukee County, for example, nearly three quarters of those who have died of the virus were black. But only about a quarter of the county’s population is black.
National news outlets have drawn attention to Alabama for some of the highest coronavirus-related death rates and hospitalizations in the country, with African Americans comprising 35.7% of confirmed cases and 53.2% of deaths, despite only representing 27% of state’s population.
In Chicago, Milwaukee and New Orleans, African Americans represent 70-80% of the coronavirus deaths. And in St. Louis, according to the Associated Press, African Americans comprise all but three of the coronavirus deaths.
Although health disparities have always existed for the African-American community with factors like underlying health conditions, lack of insurance and substandard housing, this was never expected.
While the virus supposedly knew neither race nor class, the disease is disproportionately affecting low-income communities the most. The crisis accentuates the division between those who have access to resources and those who do not. It shows with crystal clarity that low-income black’s have no safety nets, that low income americans are at a disadvantage. Do you agree after seeing the statistics? What are your thoughts?