70 Percent of People Killed in Chicago by the Coronavirus Are Black

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      JonLP
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      The federal government still isn’t sharing any official statistics regarding the racial breakdown of coronavirus deaths. But this information is starting to seep out at the local level from some states and cities, showing that the pandemic is disproportionately killing Black Americans and other communities of color.

      In Chicago, new data released Saturday showed that 70 percent of people who have died from COVID-19 in the city were Black, according to a report by the radio station WBEZ. Black people make up 29 percent of the city’s total population.

      Similar numbers are emerging elsewhere. In New York, the epicenter for the coronavirus in the United States, the highest concentration of infections has been in low-income neighborhoods with big immigrant populations. In Wisconsin’s Milwaukee County, 81 percent of people killed by the virus have been Black, according to a ProPublica investigation, though just 26 percent of the county’s population identifies as Black. In Michigan, where Black people make up 12 percent of the population, 40 percent of those killed have been Black, many of them in Detroit.

      Similar numbers are emerging elsewhere. In New York, the epicenter for the coronavirus in the United States, the highest concentration of infections has been in low-income neighborhoods with big immigrant populations. In Wisconsin’s Milwaukee County, 81 percent of people killed by the virus have been Black, according to a ProPublica investigation, though just 26 percent of the county’s population identifies as Black. In Michigan, where Black people make up 12 percent of the population, 40 percent of those killed have been Black, many of them in Detroit.

      https://www.motherjones.com/coronavirus-updates/2020/04/70-percent-of-people-killed-in-chicago-by-the-coronavirus-are-black/

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      doh1304
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      that the virus is especially deadly to people with compromised immune systems, respiratory problems and inadequate health care.  If you were looking for such a population in the US where else would you look?

    • #299265
      3fingerbrown
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      and black folks in particular, don’t have enough shit to deal with in this racist country.

      All governments lie to their citizen's, but only Americans believe theirs.

    • #299269
      HubHeaver
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      Republicans are known for this.  Ronald the Ray-Gun considered AIDS a self-limiting problem.

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    • #299287
      snot
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      in the wealthier, whiter neighborhoods.  It could be because those people travel more, or it could be because that’s where the tests are being done.  But I have no doubt they’re getting better care.  See, e.g., “Brooklyn teacher denied coronavirus test three times now on life support” at https://thegrio.com/2020/03/27/brooklyn-teacher-rana-zoe-mungin-coronavirus/ .

      Destruction is easy; creation is hard, but more interesting.

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      eridani
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      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demographics_of_Chicago

      Meaning that being black doubles your risk of dying there.

      Jesus: Hey, Dad? God: Yes, Son? Jesus: Western civilization followed me home. Can I keep it? God: Certainly not! And put it down this minute--you don't know where it's been! Tom Robbins in Another Roadside Attraction

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