Why @michaelharriot is so necessary:— @tiffanydcross (@TiffanyDCross) April 9, 2020
“As the media reports higher coronavirus infection & deaths rates for black America, it is also important to be as diligent at reporting why black people are disproportionately affected…” https://t.co/NIGwFXLCyF
African Americans in Mississippi account for 56% of coronavirus cases and 72% of deaths, state epidemiologist Dr. Paul Byers said. “We’re seeing some significant disparities, some racial disparities both in the percentage of cases we’re seeing and deaths." https://t.co/f3VxbKv0U3— CNN (@CNN) April 8, 2020
Fellow journalists: When covering Covid-19, please stop saying "people of color," "communities of color," when you mean black. It's inaccurate and speaks to your own discomfort, not to the facts.— Ida Bae Wells (@nhannahjones) April 7, 2020
It’s irresponsible to write “Coronavirus is killing black people” without explaining why.— michaelharriot (@michaelharriot) April 8, 2020
And we know why:
Poverty, medical redlining, doctor bias, profiteering…
It’s like reporting: “For some reason, Black people keep dying when the cops show up”
Black communities disproportionately suffer from pre-existing conditions, increasing coronavirus risk.— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) April 7, 2020
20% more likely to have asthma.
40% more likely to have high blood pressure.
Black women are 3x more likely to have lupus.
Racial justice is at the forefront of this crisis.
Covid-19 is ravaging black communities. A Milwaukee neighborhood is figuring out how to fight back. A sad, angering, hopeful dispatch: https://t.co/pzqzNM3udr— Robert Samuels (@newsbysamuels) April 7, 2020
Chicago's mayor says racial disparities in the city's coronavirus tallies "take your breath away." Black residents have accounted for 52 percent of the positive tests and 72 percent of the deaths. https://t.co/PohUE1vs7v— AP Central U.S. (@APCentralRegion) April 6, 2020
BREAKING NEWS: Louisiana just released COVID-19 data which shows that African-Americans account for 70% of ALL DEATHS in the state.— Elizabeth Thomas (@lizzkatherine_) April 6, 2020
African-Americans makes up roughly 32% of the population. #COVID19