Racial disparities in Covid-19 deaths

A Propublica article points out that, based on the data now available, blacks have been dying from the CCPVirus disproportionately.

As of Friday morning, African Americans made up almost half of Milwaukee County’s 945 cases and 81% of its 27 deaths in a county whose population is 26% black. Milwaukee is one of the few places in the United States that is tracking the racial breakdown of people who have been infected by the novel coronavirus, offering a glimpse at the disproportionate destruction it is inflicting on black communities nationwide.

In Michigan, where the state’s population is 14% black, African Americans made up 35% of cases and 40% of deaths as of Friday morning. Detroit, where a majority of residents are black, has emerged as a hot spot with a high death toll. As has New Orleans. Louisiana has not published case breakdowns by race, but 40% of the state’s deaths have happened in Orleans Parish, where the majority of residents are black.

Illinois and North Carolina are two of the few areas publishing statistics on COVID-19 cases by race, and their data shows a disproportionate number of African Americans were infected.

Naturally, the article blames this on the racism:

Then, when the shelter-in-place order came, there was a natural pushback among those who recalled other painful government restrictions — including segregation and mass incarceration — on where black people could walk and gather…

Environmental, economic and political factors have compounded for generations, putting black people at higher risk of chronic conditions that leave lungs weak and immune systems vulnerable: asthma, heart disease, hypertension and diabetes. In Milwaukee, simply being black means your life expectancy is 14 years shorter, on average, than someone white.

The way I see it, there are three things that would motivate people to obey social-distancing guidelines: A sense of civil responsibility (IE. concern about others), fear of contracting the disease oneself, and  fear of punishment by the government.

Readers of this blog, and astute citizens of multi-racial societies, are well aware that black crime rates are consistently higher than that of whites – and that white crime rates are higher than that of Asians.

What prevents people from committing crimes? Concern about others, fear of being beaten/shot by the victim, and fear of being caught and punished by the government.

It should come as no surprise that more crime-prone populations are also less likely to conform to social-distancing guidelines. The main motivation would be fear of contracting the disease themselves, or perhaps of passing it on to loved ones.

Should the CCPVirus linger among blacks, after it has been mostly eradicated among other races, we can look forward to charges of “racism” when we keep our distance from blacks – just as there were cries of “racism” when people were wary of Asians.

So far, it appears that the majority of Coronattacks against Asians have been perpetrated by blacks. Here’s a link for the latest (known) Coronattack. So far, no major news outlet has pointed out that such perpetrators are usually black. But if whites were to attack blacks (in the scenario I described above), those same news outlets will put the race of the perpetrators at the top of the articles.

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2 Responses to Racial disparities in Covid-19 deaths

  1. Are you aware that you violate Twitter’s terms of service if you promote the idea that there are ethnic differences in Coronavirus (aka CCP) Virus affliction? Can you find and post that link? I would have to do a search

    All ethnic differences are racist prejudice and are not allowed, even if they are true
    Also, Italy’s politicians and medical authorities confirmed that thousands of Italians are dying because it would have been racist to bar Chinese from entering Italy.
    Furthermore, in Germany
    a) borders are closed (I thought that was impossible)
    b) refugees are exempted from border closure (of course, illegals have special rights)
    c) Muslims and refugees defy all social distancing and quarantine rules and are usually not punished. Refugees show their justified anger by trying to burn down their housing and attacking police in 100 strong battalions.

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