George Floyd’s killing has opened the wounds of centuries of American racism

George Floyd’s killing has opened the wounds of centuries of American racism
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[Ed. – Didn’t liberals write nearly identically titled articles after the deaths of Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin, and others? Granted, this one is more encyclopedic in its grievance-mongering, but we have trouble understanding why Vox saw the need for publishing it.]

… [R]acial disparities are not just limited to criminal justice. Inequities are present in so many aspects of American life. Just look at the coronavirus crisis: The disease is disproportionately sickening and killing people of color, and it’s hitting in areas where minorities live harder. That’s true in Minnesota, where Floyd lived. Women of color are disproportionately essential workers who are putting themselves at risk, often for low-paid jobs with no health insurance. Black and Hispanic people are likelier to be laid off or furloughed during the pandemic. That’s what happened to Floyd.

In the flurry of news around the protests of Floyd’s death, on top of everything else, it can be easy to lose sight of the real problem: The centuries of racism in the bedrock of American society continue to do enormous damage. And that damage is borne in large part by black Americans.

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