Read, Watch, Listen, Learn about Race, Racism, and Anti-Racism, Week of August 8, 2020

Hispanic, Black children at higher risk of coronavirus-related hospitalization, CDC finds (Washington Post)

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.

Sydney Trent tells the story of the founders of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority at Howard University who, by marching in the 1913 suffragette parade in Washington D.C., defied both the misogyny of the larger society and the racism within the suffragette movement itself.

Parks In Nonwhite Areas Are Half The Size Of Ones In Majority-White Areas, Study Says (NPR)

“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.”

Black leaders call for an anti-racist state budget

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.”

Why Black Workers Will Hurt the Most if Congress Doesn’t Extend Jobless Benefits (New York Times)

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.”


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