Trump Ignores Communities Of Color Disproportionately Hurt By Coronavirus
July 6, 2020
As Trump downplays the surge in coronavirus cases, he is also ignoring communities of color who are disproportionately hurt by the pandemic.
Black and Latino residents are three times as likely to be infected with coronavirus, and nearly twice as likely to die from it.
New York Times: “Latino and African-American residents of the United States have been three times as likely to become infected as their white neighbors, according to the new data, which provides detailed characteristics of 640,000 infections detected in nearly 1,000 U.S. counties. And Black and Latino people have been nearly twice as likely to die from the virus as white people, the data shows.”
Nearly 40 percent of Black and Hispanic households are struggling to feed their families during the pandemic.
Politico: “Nearly four in 10 Black and Hispanic households with children are struggling to feed their families during the coronavirus pandemic — a dramatic spike that is exacerbating racial inequities and potentially threatening the health of millions of young Americans. The percentage of families who are considered food insecure has surged across all groups and is already much higher than during the depths of the Great Recession, according to new research by economists at Northwestern University based on Census Bureau data.”
Black, Hispanic and Asian American workers are disproportionately hurt by job losses during the pandemic.
Forbes: “The unemployment rate for Black men is now at its highest point in this recession, rising last month to 16.3 percent in June.”
FiveThirtyEight: “The unemployment rate for white Americans continues to be much lower than the unemployment rate for Black, Hispanic or Asian Americans. That’s an important reminder that some workers are continuing to do much better than others as the recovery creaks into gear.”