Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez took to Twitter to suggest the death toll from the coronavirus are being spread disproportionally in “Black + Brown communities” due to racism.
Ocasio-Cortex used the opportunity to ask for legislation to address the issue at hand “with a lens of reparations.”
COVID deaths are disproportionately spiking in Black + Brown communities.
Why? Because the chronic toll of redlining, environmental racism, wealth gap, etc. ARE underlying health conditions.
Inequality is a comorbidity. COVID relief should be drafted with a lens of reparations.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) April 3, 2020
Of course, the tweet gained some responses.
Fox News contributor Dan Boningo wrote:
“While Democrat Rep. Fredrica Wilson attempted to politicize the crisis by arguing that the virus was sexist against women (despite 70% of the deaths so far being men), AOC believes the virus is actually racist (a very important distinction!). “COVID deaths are disproportionately spiking in Black + Brown communities,” she wrote on twitter. “Why? Because the chronic toll of redlining, environmental racism, wealth gap, etc. ARE underlying health conditions. Inequality is a comorbidity. COVID relief should be drafted with a lens of reparations.”
Things like population density, and the fact that millions of illegal immigrants live in New York play a large role in the spread of the coronavirus, but the Congresswoman failed to mention any of these factors.”
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“My first thought was that the racial disparity must be the result of population density – because minorities, on average, tend to live in more population dense areas such as cities.
But when I looked for the exact data to investigate my thesis, I only found a complete lack of it. Ibram X. Kendi, a “Director of Antiracist Research” at American University shares AOC concerns, but noted in a recent article in The Atlantic that the data just don’t exist (yet).”
The “Director of Antiracist Research” said in the article while speaking with The Atlantic:
“I worry the virus is disproportionately infecting and killing people of color right now—and we don’t even know. I worry the pandemic of racism is worsening the coronavirus pandemic right now—and we don’t even know. And Americans don’t seem to care to know.
I suspect that some Americans believe that racial data will worsen racism. But without racial data, we can’t see whether there are disparities between the races in coronavirus testing, infection, and death rates. If we can’t see racial disparities, then we can’t see the racist policies behind any disparities and deaths. If we can’t see racist policies, we can’t eliminate racist policies, or replace them with anti-racist policies that protect equity and life. Without racial data, we can’t see racism, and racism becomes like asymptomatic carriers—spreading the virus, and no one knows it.”
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This means the numbers to back up the claims made from the Congresswoman are nonexistent, and Ocasio-Cortez pushed inherently false information to millions of people.
Although New York is in a critical moment for fighting the virus, many of its politicians have continued to politicize the pandemic just like freshman Democrat Ocasio-Cortez.
Earlier this month, Mayor Bill de Blasio claimed “the fate of New York City rests in the hands of one. He is a New Yorker. And right now, he is betraying the city he comes from.”