Civil Rights Leaders Call on Congress to Address Disproportionate Impact of Coronavirus on Black Americans

Melanie Campbell

(TriceEdneyWire.com) – The NAACP has requested an urgent meeting with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer regarding racial equity in the coronavirus response proposal.

According to a release, “Marc H. Morial, President and CEO of the National Urban League; Melanie Campbell, President and CEO of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation and Convener of the Black Women’s Roundtable; NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson and Rev. Al Sharpton, Founder and President of the National Action Network, insisted that coronavirus response legislation must take racial equity into account.”

“As we often say, when white America catches a cold, Black America gets pneumonia, and never has that metaphor been more apt,” Morial said in a statement. “Urban communities of color are likely to suffer the brunt of the health and economic impacts of the coronavirus crisis and any legislative response must contain targeted relief.”

“We’re concerned about the impact it will have on children who are out of school and don’t have the broadband internet access they need for digital learning at home,” Campbell added, “And comprehensive paid family leave for all is needed now more than ever.”

“Low-income workers, who are disproportionately African-American, are the least likely to have paid sick leave,” said Johnson, NAACP president. “Black workers are more likely to face short-term layoffs or total loss of employment. How is the country going to address their plight?”

Sharpton noted in the release that urban neighborhoods and communities of color often lack access to quality health care facilities.

“What efforts will be made to make testing freely available in urban and poor communities?” Sharpton asked. “We need to make sure that the relief offered in any coronavirus response plan does not bypass the communities most in need.”

4 Comments

  1. Sae on March 21, 2020 at 8:04 am

    Race hustlers always want special treatment rather than equality.

    Make policy based on hard numbers, not colors. There are black people who are successful, and poor whites. It is nonsense to make policy based on race and claim to be fighting inequality. You are simply putting race into law.

    If you are poor and do not have access to these things, that should be the focus of the policy, not “if you are a certain color AND ALSO-“. Do not claim to be fighting racism if you support doing as such. You are putting race into law. If before your situation, your race is the founding spire of the policy, you are clearly arguing in bad faith and do not want to help poor people get access to these things and would rather focus on race than get something done.

    • Drea on March 24, 2020 at 12:28 am

      Quoted “It is nonsense to make policy based on race and claim to be fighting inequality.” Thats a very ignorant comment race is law. Tell me why law is called the Black law book? In America there is a lot of inequality. Equal opportunity is an understatement. And there are alot of disadvantaged Indegeinous Aboriginals suffer from racism. It has everything to do with racism and law lets not be foolish on what is the truth.

  2. Dean Whiteman on March 21, 2020 at 4:01 pm

    You need a couple of courses in American history African Americans built the wealthiest country in this world with 300 years worth of free labor that wealth is still around along with the poverty. America had a debt to pay to African Americans who has blood equity in this land and organizations like the NAACP, CBC, and other socalled civil rights groups have failed us

  3. Drea on March 24, 2020 at 12:30 am

    Quoted “It is nonsense to make policy based on race and claim to be fighting inequality.” Thats a very ignorant comment race is law. Tell me why law is called the Black law book? In America there is a lot of inequality. Equal opportunity is an understatement. And there are alot of disadvantaged Indegeinous Aboriginals suffer from racism. It has everything to do with racism and law lets not be foolish on what is the truth.

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