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Why Black, Indigenous and other people of color experience greater harm during the pandemic

from Smithsonian Magazine

Today’s compounded public health crises of COVID-19 and police violence have disproportionately impacted Black, Indigenous and other people of color and elevated the global discourse around structural racism. The recent police killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, and the recent police shooting of Jacob Blake clearly reflect historical and contemporary manifestations of structural racism in the form of police violence. This same structural racism is also equally responsible for the elevated rates of COVID-19 infection and death among Black, Indigenous and Latinx people. This particular moment is a blatant reminder of just how embedded structural racism is in American society, both historically and in the present. more


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