Weekend Reading | June 6

Here are the articles that informed our perspective this week.


What the COVID-19 Pandemic Means for Black Americans

Uché Blackstock, Scientific American, April 7

This older piece by Uché Blackstock explores how the COVID-19 crisis amplifies racialized health disparities. “Black Americans will be more vulnerable to the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic because of several manifestations of structural racism, including lack of access to testing, a higher chronic disease burden and racial bias within health care institutions.”


I’m a black climate expert. Racism derails our efforts to save the planet.

Ayana Elizabeth Johnson, The Washington Post, June 3

Our racial inequality crisis is intertwined with our climate crisis: people of color disproportionately bear the burdens of climate change. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson weighs in for The Washington Post.


Who Is Most Likely to Die From the Coronavirus?

Yaryna Serkez, The New York Times, June 4

This short read by Yarnya Serkez points to data collected from major cities across America, illustrating health inequities at a larger scale. “Decades of systematic racism have also left their marks on health inequality. In low-income communities that are also deeply concentrated with people of color, the prevalence of health conditions that are risk factors for Covid-19 is two to three times higher than the median.”


The American Nightmare

Ibram X. Kendi, The Atlantic, June 1

This article from Ibram X. Kendi draws important connections between public health and criminology, between the pandemic and the murders of Black individuals.


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