Coronavirus by the Numbers
Citing many statistics, Nikole Hannah-Jones (@nhannahjones) recently wrote a thread about how Black Americans are being disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 and why this is the case.
Nikole ends the thread with the following statement: “Being black in America, a country built and maintained on a system of racial caste, kills. This virus is NOT the great equalizer, it is simply exploiting the grave inequalities that have always existed and hastening an early death that was coming for so many black folks anyway. If it is unacceptable now, it has to be unacceptable when we conquer this virus. And I hope we as journalists, we as society, will stop putting forth notions that a force — good or bad — can be equal in a vastly unequal society.”
To make these inequalities visible, Melvin Peralta (@melvinmperalta) shared his art on twitter which contrasts COVID-19 cases by race/ethnicity with the population by race/ethnicity in his current home state of Michigan.
Drawing on data from APM Research Lab, Melvin shared images of various U.S. states, comparing the state’s population by race/ethnicity to its COVID-related deaths.
Christelle Rocha (@Maestra_Rocha)