This excerpt from NPR's popular Planet Money program highlights new opinion pieces and research by economist William Darity Jr. about how COVID-19's disproportionate impact on the Black community is directly related to the racial wealth gap. [NPR]
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The mortality data across the U.S. all tells the same story - Black Americans are contracting and dying of COVID-19 at a much higher rate than the rest of the population. Black America is facing devastation not just from the virus, but from the chronic harms caused by police violence, unemployment, and other hallmarks of structural racism. This week, our researchers break down the causes and potential solutions to the COVID-19 crisis in the Black community.