COVID-19 and the BLACK COMMUNITY - PART ONE -------------- APRIL 5, 2020

We all know the old saying:

When White folks catch a cold, Black folks get pneumonia ;”

and in general, this can be applied to most negative impacts on black life, however, it is the potential health and economic implications of COVID-19 that may prove to be even more devastating to African-Americans .

Please find below, varied articles we've gathered on the impact of COVID-19 on the black community and other communities of color.

These articles and accompanying Illinois statistics underscore how utterly inept the president's administration has been in dealing with this pandemic (be it the needs of the nation or targeted needs of black folk) and therefor requires that we, as a community, must determine what actions to take to blunt the affects of coronavirus, to save black lives, and to ensure safe passage through these deadly challenging times for our community.

Not ' with deliberate speed ', but rather, with a real sense of urgency .

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Early Data Shows African Americans Have Contracted and Died of Coronavirus at an Alarming Rate
No, the coronavirus is not an “equalizer.” Black people are being infected and dying at higher rates. Here’s what Milwaukee is doing about it — and why governments need to start releasing data on the race of COVID-19 patients. Read Article
Why You Should Stop Joking That Black People Are Immune to Coronavirus

There’s a fatal history behind the claim that African Americans are more resistant to diseases like Covid-19 or yellow fever.

[Recently], two African-American NBA basketball players have tested positive for coronavirus, and several cases have turned up among native populations in both African and Caribbean countries, puncturing any theory that black people are immune to the disease. Yet the memes persist. Read Article
March 13, 2020

The coronavirus is changing the way Americans live every day but for low wage workers who don’t have paid time off, health insurance, or the ability to take time off, the virus will hit them harder. Read Article
Why Don’t We Know Who the Coronavirus Victims Are?

The coronavirus is infecting and killing Americans of all races. But there’s little public data on whether the virus is having a disproportionate impact on some communities.
Director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University
APRIL 1, 2020
Today, america faces a new disaster—but it’s not clear who the victims of the coronavirus actually are. We have little publicly available data about the racial makeup of those Americans who have been tested, those who have tested positive for the coronavirus, those who have been hospitalized, those who have become critically ill, those who have recovered, or those who have died from COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus. Read Article
Public health expert says African Americans are at greater risk of death from coronavirus
Take this COVID-19 as serious as a heart attack, says Dr. Georges Benjamin

For a whole host of economic, political and historical reasons, Georges C. Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association, says it’s a threat that African Americans need to take particularly seriously.  Read Article
9 Ways The Coronavirus Has Affected Black America That Aren’t Related To Health
Written By  Bruce C.T. Wright Posted March 19, 2020

The  coronavirus  pandemic has changed life for everybody around the world in what seems like an overnight shift from normalcy to heightened urgency. But in America, where the  COVID-19  disease is spreading exponentially,  Black people  were bracing for consequences from the respiratory illness that has already affected them in myriad ways that are not related to their health.   Read Article

Health issues for blacks, Latinos and Native Americans may cause coronavirus to ravage communities   Read Article
As of April 5, 2020 Morning:
What We Believe
The Coalition of African American Leaders believes that it is important to examine the critical issues confronting the African American community where injustice, inequality and the absence of access and opportunity continue to prevail, thereby negatively impacting us as a people. COAL is an assemblage that advocates and organizes for appropriate and responsible public policy change, system behavior change and equality of opportunity. We aim to achieve for all of our people the fullness of the life experience without any form of racism or exclusion as a deterrent. We believe we must prepare ourselves for the opportunity of this full participation, thereby achieving the necessary education and training to participate.