Case Report Week of May 25, 2020

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You're reading Case Report, a weekly digest of our expert network's best research, analysis, and policy recommendations related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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.

How the Crisis is Making Racial Inequality Worse

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]

Inequality and Coronavirus

On this podcast episode, economist Heather Boushey says that the best way to protect the Black community from the impact of COVID-19 is nationalizing access for "everything from paid sick days to healthcare."  [Pitchfork Economics]

Mapping racial inequity amid COVID-19 underscores policy discriminations against Black Americans

Education researcher Andre Perry co-authors this blog post for Brookings about how decades of discriminatory policymaking, rather than individual choices, are responsible for the high death rate of Black Americans during COVID-19 pandemic. [Brookings]

The Pandemic Will Cleave America in Two

Sociologist Hedwig Lee is quoted in this prophetic piece from April about how long-standing problems facing the Black community, such as police violence, could compound the devastating impact of COVID-19. [The Atlantic]