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Black America and COVID-19

Documenting the impact of COVID-19 on Black America.


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Masking while black: A coronavirus story: When covering your face could save your life or get you killed
Then Washington Post
Damon Young
April 10, 2020
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'It Conjures Up Every Racial Stereotype.' For Black Men, Homemade Masks May Be a Risk All Their Own
Time Magazine
Alejandro de la Garza
April 14, 2020
news A pedestrian walks a dog in the middle of an empty street in Miami, Florida, on April 8, 2020. Marco Bello—Bloomberg via Getty Images
For Black Men, Fear That Masks Will Invite Racial Profiling
The New York Times
news As the coronavirus spreads, black men face two concerns: the virus and those who see their covered faces as threatening.Credit...Brittainy Newman/The New York Times
Senators are demanding a solution to police stopping black men for wearing — and not wearing — masks
news Police bias against black communities has not abated during the Covid-19 pandemic, prompting senators to demand that the Department of Justice provide anti-bias training for law enforcement officers. John Lamparski/Getty Images

Resources to Challenge Policing and Incarceration as Part of a COVID-19 Response
Human Impact Partners
May 2020

resource collection Human Impact Partners
Policing During Covid-19: A public health messsaging tool-kit to invest in health not punishment
Human Impact Partners
May 2020
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Is the NYPD enforcing social distancing differently in communities of color?
Melissa Pandika
news Jose Perez/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images/Getty Images

Early Data Shows Black People Are Being Disproportionally Arrested for Social Distancing Violations
Joshua Kaplan and Benjamin Hard
May 8, 2020


news Demonstrators wave flags outside of the Statehouse in Columbus, Ohio, last month during a protest against the state’s stay-at-home order. (Megan Jelinger/AFP via Getty Images)

Journalist Arrested in Manhattan for Writing “Trump=Plague” in Chalk
May 8, 2020

news Writer and journalist Jill Nelson, arrested for writing “Trump = Plague” on a boarded-up storefront in Manhattan (courtesy of Jill Nelson)

"Déjà Vu": Attorneys Say De Blasio's Social Distancing Enforcement Is Stop-And-Frisk All Over Again

news Francisco Garcia, seen in the black t-shirt and Yankees cap, kneels on a man's head after punching him during social distancing enforcement in the East Village COURTESY OF WITNESS DAQUAN OWENS
Op-ed: Racism underlies both lethal policing and COVID-19 disparities
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Harvard University
Mary Bassett, Caroline Buckee, and Nancy Krieger
​June 5, 2020

Read the NY Daily News article here
op-ed Pro-humanity vs. anti-science. (Wes Parnell/New York Daily News / AP/Paul Sancya)

Racism and COVID-19: Inequities and Policing
Facebook Live Q&A with David Harris, Managing Director, Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race & Justice, Harvard Law School

Presented jointly by The Forum at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and The World from PRX & WGBH
June 18, 2020

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Breathe Act Launch
Electoral Justice Project, The Movement for Black Lives
July 7, 2020

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Testimony in Opposition to Massachusetts “Police Reform” Bill S.2820
Charles Hamilton Houston Institute For Race and Justice
July 17, 2020


"Sweeping Police Reform" #ReformShiftBuildMA
July 14, 2020

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