The sudden death of American actor Chadwick Boseman, aka “King T’Challa,” struck me like an invisible train. I was blindsided and wasn’t ready to hear that unfortunate announcement. His character as the lead in the 2018 superhero film Black Panther gave me and the rest of Black America the same magic felt when the Obamas stepped onto the world stage for the first time.
Gov. Kevin Stitt shouldn’t be wishing or hoping that a novel virus doesn’t spread to the grandmother who is picking up her 10-year-old grandchild who contracted COVID-19. Because if he is wrong, he’ll surely have blood on his hands.
Non-white parents are far more likely to believe their children might have fallen behind and need additional instruction next school year to make up for a learning deficit. Among white parents, 41% say their child will not need additional instruction, whereas just 28% of non-white parents agree with that sentiment.
As we confront this pain and suffering one thing is clear, we must not engage in “happy talk” about “we are in this together” and “we are going to be alright.” From our point of view, we are not all experiencing this pandemic in the same way.
The novel coronavirus disease reveals the demarcation of injustice in America; consequently, poor people, other marginalized communities, and Black Americans are at higher risk of morbidity and death.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma (BCBSOK), Oklahoma’s largest member-owned health insurer, announced today it is waiving member cost-sharing, including deductibles, copayments and coinsurance, related to treatment for COVID-19.