The rates at which minorities are being affected by the COVID-19 pandemic are disproportional to those of white people. Healthcare has always been an area in which black families have been systemically neglected with the proper resources to remain healthy: a right that should be given to everyone. Even though it might feel a little distant to those who aren’t directly affected by the virus individually or by the poor health of a relative or a close friend; we should be aware of all the layers that are constantly adding to the oppression of black people.
An academic article, Racial Health Disparities (Taylor, 2019), emphasizes areas in which Black people are kept at disadvantage due to the systemic system we live in. Maternal mortality rates, infant mortality rates, child firearm mortality rates are all higher for Black people and the list could go on. The stereotypes that are associated with black people are so deeply engrained in people’s minds that crime is often heavily correlated with being black. With all these misinformed perceptions that white people have formed towards the black community, it doesn’t help to add that the wealth disparity has a large influence over the success of minorities. “The high cost of coverage has kept the number of uninsured and underinsured unacceptably high: of the 27.5 million people that still lack health insurance coverage, 45 percent cite cost as the reason for being uninsured” (Taylor, 2019). The COVID-19 pandemic has caused additional pressure, and there are many out-of pocket costs that add to the strain on basic necessities. Battling between the financial pressures of medicine and those of basic necessities should not be a concern that black families should go through.