The State of the Nation Part Two: The State of Black America

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Date & Time May 17 2021 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Ta-Nehisi Coates
Frederick Wherry
Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor
Patrick Sharkey
Kathryn Edin
Audience Open to the Public, Registration Required, Off-Site

African Americans make up 13.4 percent of the U.S. population but they represent approximately 23 percent of COVID-19 deaths. Black Americans are three times more likely to die from infection than whites. They are also disproportionately represented among those living in poverty; those engaged in “essential” services placing them at higher risk of contagion; and those afflicted by preexisting conditions such as Diabetes and Hypertension.  This panel examines variations of experience among African Americans and interrogates the relationship between racial inequality and public health.