Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio Cortez recently called for reparations for Blacks and Hispanics who are dying from the coronavirus at a higher rate than whites and Asians. Cortez claims that ‘environmental racism’ is the reason for this but that is just not the truth statistically.
According to recently released data from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, it is true that Blacks are dying at higher rates than whites and Asians, but none of the reasons for this are ‘racism.’ Blacks make up 12% of Michigan’s population, but of the state’s 433 COVID-19 deaths, approximately 40% are Black, 26% are white, 18% are Asian, and the rest are mixed race or unknown.
COVID deaths are disproportionately spiking in Black + Brown communities.
Why? Because the chronic toll of redlining, environmental racism, wealth gap, etc. ARE underlying health conditions.
Inequality is a comorbidity. COVID relief should be drafted with a lens of reparations.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) April 3, 2020
The outbreak has been a far deadlier threat in New Orleans than the rest of the United States. New Orleans has a per-capita rate of death that is far higher than even in New York City. Doctors, Virologists, and public health data say that the high levels of obesity and related ailments may be most of the problem.
Some 97% of those killed by COVID-19 in Louisiana had a preexisting condition, according to the state health department. Diabetes was seen in 40% of the deaths, obesity in 25%, chronic kidney disease in 23% and cardiac problems in 21%.
Thanks to the CDC, we have really good data on the obesity rates in America by race, and when this is broken down for AOC, it might make a lot more sense to her:
Population density is also a major factor in the spread of COVID-19. Blacks and Hispanics tend to live in more densely populated areas and closer together. Hispanics, Blacks, Whites, and Asians all tend to self-segregate from each other on average across the nation.
If we look at data from the national racial dot map, we can see that Black Americans are at a much higher risk.
Black Americans on average also seem to be refusing to practice social distancing. Across social media, we have seen well documented proof of this. The hundreds of viral videos going around the top three social media sites may be considered anecdotal by some, but I am willing to bet these videos are representative of a broader issue.
Police in New Orleans and Michigan have even admitted during press conferences that they are having difficulty efficiently enforcing social distancing in urban communities. This is obviously because of the sheer refusal of certain groups on average.
Here is one example of this:
As the coronavirus crisis ravages the U.S. economy, millions of Americans are about to receive help from Congress in the form of direct cash payments.
If you made less than $75,000 in 2019, you will be eligible for the full payment of $1,200. Couples who filed jointly and made less than $150,000 will get $2,400. An individual who filed as “head of household” and earned $112,500 or less gets $1,200.
As far as reparations are concerned, if we look at which ethnic groups in America are paying into the system more than they’re using, and then compare this to the individual and household income by race, a clear picture is painted for everyone to see.
From widely available income and welfare data, we can see that on average White Americans and Asians are paying more into the system than they use, and largely will be footing the bill for the economic relief package.
Let’s also not forget that for weeks state leaders, health officials, and media have been telling millions of people in the most populous areas of the country not to worry about contracting the coronavirus, and to carry on with your lives as normal.
Outside of the Washington Post telling Americans that the ‘flu is much worse,’ Bill Deblasio, Nancy Pelosi, and the New York City health commissioner were telling people to do things like ‘go to China town’ for parades, and get out to the theaters to see your favorite movies, even giving recommendations.
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