By Chris White
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said Tuesday that city officials are preparing to release data he said shows a racial disparity in coronavirus cases.
“This disease is affecting people disproportionately in lower-income communities” and “communities of color” in particular, de Blasio said in a statement.
Data on patients’ age and gender are available, but tracking such information on race amid a health crisis is more difficult, he added.
De Blasio, a Democrat, was referring to what he and others believe is a racial component to coronavirus, which originated in Wuhan, China in early December before canvassing the globe, killing tens of thousands of people in the process. Other Democrats have expressed similar sentiments.
New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, for instance, said in an April 3 tweet that long-term environmental racism and income inequality were underlying reasons why the virus is impacting black neighborhoods.
“Inequality is a comorbidity,” Ocasio-Cortez told her Twitter followers before suggesting reparations should go to those people who are the hardest hit. “COVID relief should be drafted with a lens of reparations.” Some civil rights activists believe data on race is the only way to determine a solution to the coronavirus, or COVID-19.
“Our ability to fully understand and confront this pandemic requires and demands that we obtain racial data now,” Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, told NBC News Tuesday. Her group is calling for the release of racial and ethnic data on infections, as well as testing and deaths, NBC noted.
De Blasio, for his part, received scorn for downplaying the virus in February and early March. His office and New York City Health Commissioner Oxiris Barbot took turns telling citizens in those months that the virus was not as widespread as people thought. Data now show that the city is becoming the epicenter for the coronavirus, which has killed 883 New Yorkers.
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“income inequality were underlying reasons why the virus is impacting black neighborhoods.”
Sorry AOCrazio,, it probably has more to do with not listening to the safe distance, wash hands
orders…like they don’t listen to “stop or i’ll shoot” of the Popo…
How many of these left wing idiots have any inkling of an idea of the hammer blow to the U.S. economy that has been dealt by all this stay at home shelter in place hoss exhaust OR how/if/whether we’ll ever recover from that???
Common sense would dictate that we get right on that problem while we still have some economy left to save.
This hammer blow is aimed at those families with jobs and businesses.
This panic is increasing the ‘income’ of those in institutional multi-generational Poverty Status
…if the money ever begins to show up – perhaps after the virus has stettled
Yup, Liberals I wondered how long it would take before this became ” Racist “.
Let’s see NYC, I don’t believe anyone is worried about what color the 5,400 deaths
from this virus are or the 130,689 positive cases !!
Except for these two clown Mayor Bill de Blasio, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and
there BS stories, NY deserve these two fools.
NYC still has passenger flights arriving daily…….why ???
Flights daily from around the world. Flight Tracker Live! Check it out. Multiple flights coming in from Europe.
The correct number of New Yorkers reported to have died from Coronavirus is 5,489, as of today, not 883.
How many due to direct virus deaths? The CDC said to include deaths from other causes as due to the virus. One of many links. On this site there are many virus articles by professionals. View:
CDC Tells Hospitals To List COVID as Cause of Death Even if There are No Test Results Confirming it
Underlying medical conditions, not race, are the drivers of Covid-19 deaths. To use race alone as a factor in coronavirus deaths is nothing more than political racist drivel intended to foment hatred and dissension.
But the manual tells them to, for the specific intended purpose to bring about hatred, dissension to keep people purposely divided. People must be divided and they will always win, just as they have in Vermont for decades.
Their biggest fear is people coming together in love and harmony. Because then the “fight” is over. It’s also when peace and prosperity can reign. We definitely need a new spirit in this state and country.
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