The data that Black people are not being tested even when they have COVID-19 symptoms—and are also dying in their homes without access to testing or treatment—is clear. The data that Black people are essential to the economy and survival of the United States is clear. The data that, despite these facts, many Black people are unable to walk around their neighborhoods without fear of detainment and arrest solely because they’re Black, is clear.

Rationing of ventilators is based upon who is deemed critical to save. Freedom to protest or go to the park to get some sun while practicing social distancing is predicated on empathy. Ending the belief in a hierarchy in human value based upon skin color is the only way we will end health inequities and the over policing and undervaluing of Black folks.

Joia Crear Perry, MD, Principal at Health Equity Cypher; Anton Gunn, Principal at Health Equity Cypher; and L. Toni Lewis, MD, Principal at Health Equity Cypher, discuss in the video above.

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