COVID & Race


Asian Americans Are Rallying Together Against Coronavirus-Related Hate Crimes May 19, 2020 (by Lakshmi Gandhi – SuperMajority)
Asian American celebrities, community groups, and nonprofits are responding to a recent spike in verbal harassment and violence committed against the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community connected to the COVID-19 epidemic.

Hispanic Leaders Warn Census Could Undercount Minority Communities Amid Pandemic May 14, 2020 (by Rafael Bernal – The Hill)
Hispanic communities are lagging behind in 2020 census response rates, raising fears of low participation that could limit the reach of federal programs in those areas for the next decade.

Trump Accused of Racism after Clash with Asian American Reporter May 12, 2020 (by Adam Gabbatt and David Smith – The Guardian)
President appears to continue confrontation on Twitter seemingly in response to incident involving CBS News reporter Weijia Jiang.

A Woman Died of COVID-19 in a New Jersey Prison After Begging to Be Let Out of a Locked Shower May 11, 2020 (by Alice Speri – The Intercept)
Tiffany Mofield’s death highlights prison officials’ indifference to the health of incarcerated people in a state where 37 have died of COVID-19.

How This Writer Is Using Her Platform To Help Navajo People During COVID-19 May 9, 2020 (by Elly Belle – Refinery 29)
Indigenous people have been extremely negatively affected by the coronavirus pandemic, with food shortages hitting harder in their communities than many other places, and nearly 3,000 people testing positive for COVID-19 in the Navajo Nation specifically.

Over 30 Percent of Americans Have Witnessed COVID-19 Bias Against Asians, Poll Says April 28, 2020 (by Alex Ellerbeck – NBC News)
The surge in anti-Asian bias may reflect a growing tendency to blame certain groups for the pandemic, the polling organization says.

National Latino, Immigration Groups Say Trump Left Latinos Out of Coronavirus Aid, Ask Congress for More Help April 27, 2020 (by Adrian Carrasquillo – Newsweek)
National Latino and immigration groups released a letter that criticized President Donald Trump for his coronavirus response that they say disproportionately affects communities of color and immigrants, and urged Congress to pass the CARES Act 2.

Help Is Available for Undocumented Immigrants in Indiana. Here’s a List of Resources. April 25, 2020 (by Natalia E. Contreras – IndyStar)
Amid the coronavirus pandemic, several Indianapolis-based non-profit organizations, community centers and activists groups are working with the Immigrant Welcome Center to provide resources for undocumented immigrants who have been affected.

Native Americans Being Left Out of US Coronavirus Data and Labelled as ‘Other’ April 24, 2020 (by Rebecca Nagle – The Guardian)
Misclassification raises fears of hidden health emergencies in one of the country’s most vulnerable populations.

Rep. Deb Haaland: Indigenous Communities Have Been Denied ‘the Fundamental Needs to Live’ April 19, 2020 (by Ali Velshi – MSNBC)
Democratic Rep. Deb Haaland of New Mexico, one of only two Native American women in Congress, explains the disproportionate rates of coronavirus infection among the Navajo and other tribes.

Why COVID-19 Is Hitting Black Women So Hard April 17, 2020 (by Treva Lindsey – Women’s Media Center)
Black women are uniquely situated within overlapping systems of oppression to sustain disproportionate losses of both life and livelihood during this pandemic.

California to Give Cash Payments to Immigrants Hurt by the Coronavirus April 15, 2020 (by Adam Beam – TIME)
California will be the first state to give cash payments to immigrants living in the country illegally who are hurt by the coronavirus, offering $500 apiece to 150,000 adults who were left out of the $2.2 trillion stimulus package approved by Congress.

Covid-19 Has Inflamed Racism Against Asian-Americans. Here’s How to Fight Back. April 11, 2020 (by Emily Liu – CNN)
While most Americans are struggling amid the Covid-19 pandemic, Asian Americans are doing it while also fearing for our safety, says Emily Liu. She offers practical advice on how to curb the toxic effects of coronavirus-related racism.

Being a Person of Color Isn’t a Risk Factor for Coronavirus. Living in a Racist Country Is April 10, 2020 (by Renée Graham – The Boston Globe)
High COVID-19 deaths in communities of color are shocking, but not surprising

Black Women Have Long Faced Racism in Healthcare. COVID-19 Is Only Amplifying Them.  April 10, 2020 (by Erin Clare Brown – The Appeal)
A Brooklyn teacher tried three times to get treatment for the coronavirus. Now she’s fighting for her life.

Coronavirus Is Disproportionately Killing the Black Community. Here’s What Experts Say Can Be Done About It April 9, 2020 (by Elizabeth Thomas and Dr. Nancy A. Anoruo – ABC News)
Numbers broken down by race have shocked the nation.

Taraji P Henson Creates Free ‘Virtual Therapy’ Service for Coronavirus-hit African Americans April 9, 2020 (by Andrew Pulver – The Guardian)
Empire and Hidden Figures star’s virtual service aimed at African Americans, who are suffering disproportionately from Covid-19.

Structural Racism Is Exacerbating the Coronavirus Pandemic for Black People—Especially Black Women April 9, 2020 (by Kendra Bozarth and  – Ms. Magazine)
It is not merely an accident or coincidence that Black people appear to be more likely to contract or succumb to COVID-19; it is the result of policy choices that have led to widespread racial inequality and poorer health and economic outcomes for Black people.

Data from US South Shows African Americans Hit Hardest by COVID-19 April 8, 2020 (by Lauren Zanolli – The Guardian)
The coronavirus is disproportionately infecting and killing African Americans across much of the south, a region where black Americans are more likely to live in poverty.

Asian Americans Report Influx of Racist Attacks Since Coronavirus Pandemic, Data Finds April 7, 2020 (by Layla Abbas)
An advocacy group said it has collected more than 1,100 reports recently of disturbing incidents of hate directed primarily at Asian Americans since the outbreak of the coronavirus.

Coronavirus May Be Hitting Harder in Black and Latino Communities April 7, 2020 (by Andrew Ryan and Kay Lazar – The Boston Globe)
As a virus, COVID-19 does not discriminate, but a patchwork of data appears to show the pandemic is having a disproportionate impact on communities of color, several of which are reporting infection rates that outpace their population.

The Coronavirus Is Killing Black Americans in Alarming Numbers April 7, 2020 (by Jameelah Nasheed – Teen Vogue)
This op-ed argues that we need to talk about race when we talk about this pandemic.

Coronavirus Is Newest Threat to Latinos’ Census Response, as Groups Pivot on Outreach March 30, 2020 (by Suzanne Gamboa – NBC News)
In Texas, Latino-heavy neighborhoods are scrambling to ensure an accurate count as the pandemic prevents previously planned community outreach efforts.

Latinos Projected to Bear Economic Brunt of Coronavirus March 24, 2020 (by J. Edward Moreno – The Hill)
Latinos are projected to be disproportionately impacted by the coronavirus pandemic as governments impose shutdowns on non-essential businesses and healthcare resources run scarce.

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COVID Gendered provides news stories, research reports, action items, events, and other forms of content that look at the global crisis through a gendered lens, amplifying efforts to create change.

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