“White America gets a cold, Black America gets pneumonia.”
The phrase is a juxtaposition detailing how societal problems affecting White people frequently have a disparate impact on Black people, and it’s an apt way to describe the Black experience in America — particularly during the Covid-19 pandemic. As the Covid-19 death toll has climbed, it’s been established Black people are disproportionately impacted by the virus. Even when schools began reopening, many Black and Hispanic communities said they were keeping their kids at home because they didn’t feel safe.
White people stealing land from Black people is a tale as old as time. It happened in Mississippi, where Black landowners “lost” 12 million acres over the past century. It happened in Chicago after White people cheated aspiring Black homeowners with predatory contracts. It happened in California when Los Angeles County officials used eminent domain to steal land from Anthony Bruce’s ancestors in 1924.
Anthony is a descendant of Willa and Charles Bruce, who became Manhattan Beach’s first Black landowners in 1912. By 1924, the Bruces created a thriving beach resort that doubled as a safe space for Black people…
The case for reparations for Black descendants of slavery in America is, for some, a controversial subject. Those who oppose the idea repeatedly question where the money will come from. Now, a Chicago suburb has provided a blueprint, but the question is: can and will other cities do the same?
Evanston, Illinois will likely make history as the first city to pay reparations to its Black residents. Robin Rue Simmons, a 5th Ward Alderman there, is spearheading the charge. Simmons, who is Black, describes her measure as one that will help “burdened” families“get some relief.” …
A blog from Medium about the fight against anti-Black racism.