Hispanic children are approximately eight times more likely and Black children five times more likely to be hospitalized with covid-19 than their White peers, according to a study released Friday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“A study published by The Trust for Public Land found that parks serving primarily nonwhite populations are, on average, half the size of parks that serve majority-white populations, and are potentially five times more crowded.”
In an op ed for the Newark Star Ledger, Brandon McCoy, president of the New Jersey Policy Perspective, and members of the United Black Agenda, criticize lawmakers and elected officials for failing to make the real changes necessary to narrow the racial gaps in New Jersey. They reserved their harshest criticism for Gov. Phil Murphy. “[H]e and his administration came in committing to more and promising to do better. Rather than fight for a budget that maintained investments in public services and programs that families rely on, the administration worked with the legislature to pass one rife with spending cuts, while also leaving in place Christie-era tax breaks for wealthy families and big corporations.”
Starting in April, the “$600 weekly payments to unemployed workers in addition to state jobless benefits, smooth[ed] sharp differences between more and less generous states. . . . Black workers disproportionately live in states with the lowest benefit levels and the highest barriers to receiving them. Without the $600 federal payments, the most an unemployed worker in Florida or Alabama can receive is $275 a week. Workers still covered under the expanded gig worker categories would potentially get even less.”