The Pandemic's Impact on Black Americans
Trump's addressing it undercuts the Democrats' false narrative that he is indifferent.
Earlier this week, leftist “social justice” warrior and socialist Democrat Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez raised the issue of race and the China Virus, ridiculously asserting that the reason minority communities have been hit harder by the pandemic has everything to do racism and inequality. It was the typical leftist political claptrap one would expect to hear from AOC.
That said, data does appear to show that urban minority communities and specifically urban blacks have suffered a higher rate of infection and deaths from COVID-19 than have whites. On Tuesday, President Donald Trump acknowledged this disparity, stating, “We are actively engaging on the problem of increased impacts. This is a real problem, and it’s showing up very strongly in our data on the African American community. And we’re doing everything in our power to address this challenge, which is a tremendous challenge. … They’re getting hit very, very hard.”
Dr. Anthony Fauci also addressed the data and explained why the urban black community has been hit harder by the virus. “Unfortunately, when you look at predisposing conditions that lead to a bad outcome with the coronavirus — the things that get people into ICUs, require intubation, and often lead to death — they are just those very comorbidities that are unfortunately disproportionately prevalent in the African American population,” Fauci noted. “So we’re very concerned about that. It’s very sad. There’s nothing we can do about it right now except to try and give them the best possible care to avoid those complications.”
To put it bluntly, American blacks suffer from higher rates of underlying health problems such as obesity and diabetes, which translates into more extreme and deadly cases of COVID-19. It has been well documented that those with underlying health problems are most at risk.
However, this should not bolster the divisive political complaints the Leftmedia and Democrats peddle in their effort to reinforce their false narrative that America is a nation founded upon racism against minorities. Case in point was Sen. Kamala Harris’s statement: “Those who have always been at the short end of the stick, in a moment of crisis, it becomes even more evident, and in this case even more fatal.”
Ironically, where blacks find themselves most “at the short end of the stick” are on those longtime Democrat-run urban poverty plantations. As Nate Jackson noted earlier this week, “Could it be that the inner-city communities around the country — where populations disproportionately depend on government checks, government food stamps, and government housing — are simply not complying with warnings or protocols regarding the current pandemic? In other words, rather than a failure of social justice, is it a failure to abide by social distancing?”
Back in 2005, the Leftmedia and Democrats were effective in falsely tarring George W. Bush as at best indifferent to the plight of blacks in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina. Trump is acting to cut off this ridiculous and false narrative before it gains traction. By raising and addressing the disparity in the virus’s impact to the black community, Trump isn’t letting Democrats and the Leftmedia freely craft a false narrative of his supposed indifference. Trump, whose policies have demonstrably benefited all Americans and especially black Americans, acknowledged the disparity, reinforcing his commitment and concern for taking care of and bettering the lives of all Americans.