2020-05-12 13:00:46

COVID-19 Took Chicago Black Lives First & Exposed Structural Racism

Democracy Now! looks at the coronavirus pandemic's disproportionate toll on African Americans through the story of Chicago's first 100 recorded deaths.

A report by ProPublica found that 70 of the first 100 people to die were African American. Black people account for 30% of Chicago's population and 72% of COVID-19 deaths.

DN speaks with ProPublica reporter Adriana Gallardo, who contributed to the report COVID-19 Took Black Lives First. It Didn't Have To. She says the story paints a picture of "sophisticated structural racism" in Chicago.

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