It is a fact that new angles of inequality and racial discrimination have emerged. While the world’s most powerful country has now become the biggest target of the Coronavirus, the consequences of economic inequality and racial discrimination in the capitalist system are now becoming more apparent, echoing not only in the US media but also in Washington DC. I can hear clearly too.
A recent analysis in the New York Times states that while the epidemic has gripped people of all races and ethnic backgrounds, it has left the deadliest on the country’s poor, especially African Americans. The whole situation is not yet clear, but according to the latest statistics, in the big cities where the number of minorities is high, the African population is not only the most affected by the coronavirus but also the death toll is increasing in the same population.
Against this background, the country’s Surgeon General Jerome Adams, who is also of African descent, said in a recent statement: “I also have respiratory problems. I am also going through the early stages of diabetes because my childhood was also mired in poverty. Pham has gone through a population of people. Like me, other black Americans can easily fall victim to Code-19. “The nation’s dark populace, including me, is most in danger from this pestilence and we should all do our part to forestall it.”
Overall, the coronavirus has paralyzed the United States and paralyzed the entire system. Although the situation is changing on a daily basis, so far 456,000 people have been reported in the United States and more than 16,000 people have lost their lives, which is still unmatched by any other country in the world. There are so many. There are lockdowns across the country, government and private offices are closed, and most people are working online from home, in addition to the much-needed staff. Businesses are locked and the number of unemployed people is rising across the country.
Most affected areas
Of all the major cities and states in the United States, this is the case, but in proportion to their population, people of African descent are the most affected. In the state of Michigan, where the proportion of the African population is 14%, 33% of the population is affected by the epidemic and 40% of the deaths are due to them. Similarly, in Chicago, where 30% of the city’s population is of African descent, 67% of those who die belong to that population. The situation is no different in the city and county of Milwaukee. Although 26 percent of the population here is of African descent, 81 percent of those who die in Popeye County are the same. The situation is not much different in other states, including New York, North Carolina, Louisiana, and Illinois.
The impetus for this situation is the inhumane attitude of centuries-old racial discrimination and unequal economic system which does not allow the backward population to come out of poverty and class trap. As a result of these attitudes and policies, people of African descent who are already more likely than other Americans to suffer from diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and many other life-threatening diseases are more susceptible to the virus.
Syed Fayyaz al-Hassan, a Pakistani-born member of the Texas State Democratic Party’s executive committee and co-chair of the Muslim American Democratic Cox, told the daily Jeddah that “it is not surprising that African-Americans are infected with the coronavirus.” The biggest risks are that a large portion of the population is forced to live below the poverty line. Rising psychological problems in this population, rising infant and maternal mortality rates, and rapidly growing psychiatric disorders such as Gulf War Syndrome among black veterans are just a few examples of social prejudice. Historically, economically and socially, the prejudice that is being perpetrated against this community is having consequences in the form of various health problems in the community. ”
Trouble for low-income people
In low-income areas, where the white population is low and the black population is high, public health services are less available and even if they are, most of the population cannot afford expensive drugs and treatment. Most low-income workers in the United States cannot afford the skyrocketing fees and purchases of medicines from for-profit insurance companies. The working class cannot even afford to stay at home during this epidemic because ‘social distances’ mean nothing more than starvation for their families. In this context, substandard housing facilities, homelessness, lack of education and other issues further facilitate the spread of the coronavirus among the underprivileged. How serious are the people in power in the United States today about solving these problems?
Immediately after the publication of the New York Times analysis, President Donald Trump, in his daily briefing, had to admit, under the constraints of the current presidential campaign, that the population was showing the most deadly effects of the coronavirus, but for Trump, From the reactionary Republican Party, this issue is not so important because they are more concerned about the presidential election today. Perhaps that is why he has sometimes blamed former President Barack Obama’s policies, sometimes the Democratic Party and sometimes China for the corona virus.
However, Bernie Sanders, the Socialist leader of the Democratic Party, who recently announced his withdrawal from the party’s internal elections (or primaries) for the presidency, has said in recent days that Growing gulfs and economic inequalities have increased dramatically over the past hundred years. The coronavirus is relatively easy for the affluent to deal with, while half of the US population lives on one paycheck. There are also people who are making a living by doing more than one job. What will happen to them? ”
In light of these circumstances, to say that the coronavirus is the same deadly epidemic for all, regardless of race, now seems a bit ridiculous. The fact is that this epidemic is not as harmful to the privileged and affluent sections of society as it is to the lower classes. Undoubtedly, today is the world’s largest capitalist country, the coronavirus has further highlighted the angles of economic inequality and racial discrimination that are no less than a double-edged sword for the country’s backward classes.