COVID-19 – National

The COVID-19 Crisis Continues to Have Uneven Economic Impact by Race and Ethnicity

By Steven Brown
Reposted from Urban Institute
July 1, 2020

“These effects are not shouldered equally; evidence shows the pandemic has more severely affected people of color because of structural racism’s persistent influence.”

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The people in power don’t look like the people hit hardest by Covid-19

By Fredreka Schouten
Reposted from CNN
May 8, 2020

“Ras Smith’s first inkling of a serious problem at the Tyson Fresh Meats processing plant near his Waterloo, Iowa, home came a little more than three weeks ago. A relative who works at the plant was on the phone, outraged that the plant’s managers had not told her about a co-worker testing positive for Covid-19.

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Mass Evictions Predicted as Short-Term Economic Relief Runs Out

By James Brasuell
Reposted from Planetizen
May 4, 2020

“Henry Louis Taylor, Jr., a professor of urban and regional planning at the University of Buffalo, is featured in an ABC News article about the ongoing risk of mass evictions as the country’s millions of renters collides with tens of millions of new unemployment claims across the country.”

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‘Mass evictions’ on the horizon as US confronts coronavirus housing crisis: Advocates

By Deena Zaru
Reposted from ABC News
May 1, 2020

“More than 30 million Americans have filed for unemployment insurance since the COVID-19 crisis hit the U.S. in March, and despite a range of temporary federal and state eviction moratoriums, some Americans are still being served eviction notices amid a public health crisis that requires many people to stay at home.”

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Black health experts say surgeon general’s comments reflect lack of awareness of black community

By Curtis Bunn
Reposted from NBC News
April 15, 2020

“Black health care professionals are offering unsolicited advice for Surgeon General Jerome Adams after his much-publicized remarks about “drugs, tobacco and alcohol” and “big momma” related to the black community and the coronavirus: Watch your mouth.”

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Stop Blaming Black People for Dying of the Coronavirus

By Ibram X. Kendi
Reposted from The Atlantic
April 14, 2020

“On April 1, hardly any states, counties, hospitals, or private labs had released the racial demographics of the people who had been tested for, infected with, hospitalized with, or killed by COVID-19. Five days later, citing racial disparities in infection or death rates from five states or counties and the racial demographics of the worst coronavirus hot spots, I speculated that America was facing a racial pandemic within the viral pandemic. But we needed more racial data to know for sure.”

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Black Businesses Left Behind in Covid-19 Relief

By Natalie Hopkinson and Andre Perry
Reposted from CityLab
March 30, 2020

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (Cares) package is an attempt to offset an impending recession caused by mandated and voluntary social distancing, which will last until at least April 30. Congress should also pass a relief package for people who’ve suffered from the de jure and de facto social distancing of racial segregation, which still sets African Americans apart from white people today on both a spatial and economic basis.”

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A Green Stimulus Plan for a Post-Coronavirus Economy

By Brentin Mock
Reposted from CityLab
March 24, 2020

“If we’re going to recover from the coronavirus pandemic, then let’s do it in a way that shakes up the status quo. This is the message that a group of U.S. economists, professors, and veterans of the last financial crisis sent in a letter to Congress yesterday asking for “green stimulus” legislation to jump-start the economy in a way that controls for climate change and poverty.”

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How Coronavirus Affects Black People: Civil Rights Groups Call Out Racial Health Disparities

By Royce Dunmore
Reposted from Newsone
March 13, 2020

“Disparities Black people face when dealing with the coronavirus could affect everything from voting to being incarcerated to socio-economic status, and more.”

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A Golden Opportunity for a Green Stimulus

By Kate Aronoff
Reposted from The New Republic
March 13, 2020

“New polling finds support for big, earth-friendly spending—fighting both the coronavirus-fueled recession and climate change at once.”

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