Willie Richardson / April 8, 2020

Now the Coronavirus Is Racist?

Many folks are worrying that blacks are disproportionately affected by the pandemic.

A noun is a person, place, thing, or idea. A person can be racist. A place can be deemed racist. An idea can totally be racist. However, now a thing is racist. This thing called the COVID-19 virus has now become a staple of racism in America. Yeah, racist. A virus can be racist or, shall I say, it can wreak havoc in African American neighborhoods. I thought a virus could wreak havoc anywhere people are carrying the virus and not using healthy measures to prevent its spread. But I digress.

Let’s take Chicago, for example. According to Chicago health officials, glaring statistics underscore the heavy toll of coronavirus on black Americans. Chicago has seen a total of 98 deaths from COVID-19, with 72% of them black residents. Black Chicagoans account for half of all coronavirus cases in the city and more than 70% of deaths, despite making up just 30% of the population. According to reports, other cities with large black populations, including Detroit, Milwaukee, New Orleans, and New York, have become coronavirus hotspots.

According to the Chicago Sun Times, there’s nothing sunny about how the virus is impacting the windy city. As 29% of the population is responsible for 70% of the city’s COVID-19 deaths, Leftmedia outlets are blaming black skin again. Even presidential candidate Joe Biden said, “And we have to finally get some data how this coronavirus is really hurting African Americans and minority communities.”

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot reported, “This new data offers a deeply concerning glimpse into the spread of COVID-19 and is a stark reminder of the deep-seated issues which have long created disparate health impacts in communities across Chicago.”

To take it a step further, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law on Monday called for the federal government to release racial and ethnic data relating to the pandemic. The group says it wants to “ensure that communities of color receive equitable health care and treatment during this crisis.”

What? So, what does washing your hands and staying six feet apart from your neighbor have to do with “equitable health care and treatment”?

Does skin color or behavior void of skin color determine these alarming statistics? Does melanin save anyone or place people in a crisis? Why do leftists have to make everything, including an invisible virus, about racial or ethnic undertones?

Could it be that some people of color, in certain areas, have a level of apathy that puts them in higher probability to suffer disproportionately to an alien virus? I often see the behavior of a people before I would ever deem their skin color the problem. I guess the Left will milk this virus for all it’s worth. The fear of the virus in America is more contagious than the spread of it, though maybe not so much in the black communities of Chicago, New Orleans, or New York. Go figure.

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