Shining a Light on the Health Disparities COVID-19 has exposed for Marginalized Communities

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In the opening scenes of the movie Just Mercy, Alice Stevenson is forcefully sweeping the front porch of her family’s Delaware home, nervous about the danger her son Bryan could face in southern Alabama.

“What you are doing is going to make a lot of people upset,” she says after Bryan Stevenson finally gets his mother to sit and talk.

Bryan, played by actor Michael B. Jordan, gently reminds his mother that it was the example of her heart for others that set him on his path.

“You always taught me to fight for the people who need the help the most,” he said.

Right now, in our battle against COVID-19, we must fight for more justice and mercy on behalf of the most vulnerable in our society.

The painful reality is that African-Americans are more likely to die of COVID-19 than any other group in the U.S.

The objective for thousands of African-Americans during the current global pandemic is to simply stay alive.

The facts are oppressive.

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