"High COVID-19 deaths in communities or color are shocking, but not surprising
By Renée Graham Globe Columnist,Updated April 10, 2020, 5:00 a.m.
Racism is a killer. In a pandemic, it’s a mass murderer.
While staggering, the disproportionately high rates of infection and death in communities of color from coronavirus are not unexpected. Even in a global health crisis, Black and brown people can’t practice social distancing from the systemic, institutional, and foundational racism that overshadows and undermines our lives.
“When you are subjected to racism and internalize racism, it can lead to poor health outcomes,” said Dr. Fatima Cody Stanford, an obesity medicine physician at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. “We live in a very racist society, so it’s not at all surprising that this is something we need to be aware of and think about as we talk about COVID-19."
Being a person of color isn’t a risk factor for coronavirus. Living in a racist country is - The Boston Globe