Structural Racism Is Exacerbating the Coronavirus Pandemic for Black People—Especially Black Women

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It’s not a coincidence that Black people are more likely to get coronavirus: It’s the result of policy choices leading to poor health and economic outcomes. Pictured: Protest against the deaths of black women in police custody in Minneapolis, July 2015. (Fibonacci Blue)

Structural racism in America means that the victims of the coronavirus outbreak will predominantly be Black.

But despite warnings from health care professionals of the disproportionate risk to Black and brown communities, many states and localities “aren’t releasing or [even] collecting the data to help fight back.”

The crisis here for the Black community is not only about diagnosing COVID-19—but also about treating it.

“This lack of information will exacerbate existing health disparities and result in the loss of lives in vulnerable communities. It will also hamper the efforts of public…

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