[Blackstudies-l] Black people and the Coronavirus

Maria Lima lima at geneseo.edu
Sat Apr 4 11:22:32 EDT 2020

Current policy on C-19 leads to these results.  Its time to speak up about

As of Friday morning, African Americans made up almost half of Milwaukee
County’s 945 cases and 81% of its 27 deaths in a county whose population is
26% black. Milwaukee is one of the few places in the United States that is
tracking the racial breakdown of people who have been infected by the novel
coronavirus, offering a glimpse at the disproportionate destruction it is
inflicting on black communities nationwide.

In Michigan, where the state’s population is 14% black, African Americans
made up 35% of cases and 40% of deaths as of Friday morning. Detroit, where
a majority of residents are black, has emerged
as a hot spot with a high death toll. As has New Orleans. Louisiana has not
published case breakdowns by race, but 40% of the state’s deaths have
in Orleans Parish, where the majority of residents are black.

On Friday, the Illinois Department of Public Health became one of the few
state offices to release some racial data
And the data showed a pandemic within the pandemic: African Americans are
significantly overrepresented in infection rates in Illinois, while whites
and Latinos are significantly underrepresented. African Americans make up
<https://www.census.gov/quickfacts/IL> 14.6 percent of the state
population, but 28 percent of confirmed cases of the coronavirus. White
people comprise <https://www.census.gov/quickfacts/IL> 76.9 percent of the
Illinois population, and 39 percent of the confirmed cases. Latinos comprise
<https://www.census.gov/quickfacts/IL> 17.4 percent of the state
population, and 7 percent of the cases. In Illinois, Asian Americans were
the only racial group without a significant disparity between their state
population, at 5.9 percent, and confirmed cases, at 4 percent. (Nearly a
third of cases were recorded as “other” or left blank. Illinois did not
release racial data on Native Americans, or on testing, hospitalization,
and death rates by race.)

The coronavirus is infecting and killing an alarming proportion of Black
residents in Michigan.

Black people make up 12% of Michigan's population. But of the state’s 417
coronavirus deaths, 40% are Black, 26% are white, 30% are unknown, and 4%
are mixed race or other, according to data released Thursday by the
Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS).

Of the nearly 11,000 who tested positive for the coronavirus, 35% are
Black, 25% white, 34% are unknown. An additional 6% represent other races.
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