A Word on Disproportionate Impact
It’s key to recognize that COVID-19 has had a disproportionate health and economic impact on Black and Brown communities, as well as in communities living in poverty. This is due to a number of factors, including historic underinvestment in health services and systems and a reliance on work that required people to continue working in person even when it wasn’t safe to do so.
There are notable racial and ethnic differences in experiences with the illness or death of loved ones, as well as job losses and pay cuts. In many cases, this is tied to underlying economic, geographic and health circumstances.
- Black and Hispanic/Latino communities are more vulnerable to Covid and more likely to die.
- Xenophobia and anti-Asian verbal attacks and violence are on the rise against the backdrop of blame being placed on Asian communities for the pandemic. Anti-Asian hate crimes in 16 of America’s largest cities increased 149% in 2020 according to the Center for the Study of Hate & Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino.
Source: Financial and health impacts of COVID-19 vary widely by race and ethnicity | Pew Research Center
These are difficult facts and numbers to share and take in… and even more difficult as lived experiences. Let the collective art from young people also express the collective grief that we are experiencing. In words, images and video, teens across the United States show us how they have met life’s challenges in the midst of a pandemic.
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