In St. Louis, Missouri, all but three people who have died after being infected with the coronavirus were African American. Of the confirmed coronavirus cases whose race was reported in St. Louis County, 55% positive cases were black while 36.6% were white — however, only 24.9% of its population is African American only, while 68.2% of its population are white only. Although data has laid bare the glaring racial disparities in the impact of the novel virus in St. Louis and beyond, the impacts on the black community have more to do with inequity than just race. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.
In St. Louis, Missouri, all but three people who have died after being infected with the coronavirus were African American. In St. Louis, at least 14 of the city's 17 residents who died from the novel virus were also African American. All of the St. Louis' reported COVID-19 deaths were African American until April 10, when the City of St. Louis Department of Health reported the first deaths outside the racial minority group. The deaths of a Hispanic female in her 50s, a white male in 90s, and a woman in her 80s whose race was not identified in reports to the public health officials were announced on Friday in a press release. Broadly, the novel virus has ravaged St. Louis' black community. Of the confirmed coronavirus cases whose race was reported in St. Louis County, 55% positive cases were black while 36.6% were white, according to data obtained by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch from St. Louis County. (40% of St. Louis County's positive cases were unknown.) Although African Americans make up more than half of St. Louis' coronavirus cases, only 24.9% of its population is African American only, while 68.2% of its population are white only, according to the US Census Bureau. However, the unfortunate reality is that St. Louis is not the only US city to be grappling with the disproportionate impacts of COVID-19. "If you look at the health disparities in the city of St. Louis, they're not unique," St. Louis' health director Dr. Fredrick Echols said during a briefing Wednesday, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. "Inequities exist across the U.S. and across the world, and it's posed a challenge for public health agencies, (which) have to address those issues and ensure all individuals, regardless of race, socioeconomic status, income, or educational attainment have access to quality health-related resources," he added. The novel coronavirus has swept across the country infecting more than 542,000 and killing over 21,000 in the US alone, according to data collected by John Hopkins. As the number of people stricken by the coronavirus continues to soar, emerging data on the novel virus in the country shows that black communities have been hardest hit by the novel virus. In Chicago, African Americans make up 30% of the population — but 72% of the people who've died from COVID-19 were black. The racial disparity is also evident in emerging data on coronavirus deaths in Louisiana, Illinois, New Jersey, and Michigan, according to CNN. Although data has laid bare the glaring racial disparities in the impact of the novel virus in St. Louis and beyond, US Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams said the impacts on black communities across American have more to do with social issues than race. "We do not think people of color are biologically or genetically disposed to get COVID-19," Adams said Friday at the White House coronavirus press briefing. "But they are socially predisposed to coronavirus exposure and to have a higher incidence of the very diseases that put you at risk for severe complications from coronavirus." Research shows that the US's long history of racism and social inequity has contributed to racial minorities being disproportionately impacted by national health crises, such as the coronavirus outbreak. Dr. Alex Garza, the head of the St. Louis Metropolitan Pandemic Task Force, said that these social and racial inequities have long exited in St. Louis and beyond long before the coronavirus ravaged the US. " "We know that populations that are socioeconomically challenged that don't have access to good health care, that don't have access to nutritious food, are victims of many diseases including diabetes, high blood pressure, " Gaza told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "It's an indication of social inequities that existed before this pandemic came around."Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Behind the scenes with Shepard Smith — the Fox News star who just announced his resignation from the network
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Trump is restarting his campaign rallies. The first will be on Juneteenth in Tulsa — the site of the Tulsa race massacre.
President Donald Trump is restarting his campaign rallies that were put on pause due to the...President Donald Trump is restarting his campaign rallies that were put on pause due to the spread of the novel coronavirus. His first rebooted rally will be on June 19 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, The New York Times reported. Juneteenth, celebrated on June 19, is a holiday to celebrate the end of slavery and is commemorated by Black Americans as an independence day. In 1921, the Tulsa Race Massacre claimed the lives of as many as 300 African Americans, according to The Tulsa Historical Society and Museum. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. President Donald Trump is restarting his campaign rallies that were put on pause due to the spread of the novel coronavirus, which in the US has infected nearly 2 million and killed more than 112,000. President Donald Trump will host his first rebooted rally on June 19 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, The New York Times reported. Some have pointed out that Trump's first rally would be held on Juneteenth — a holiday to celebrate the end of slavery that is commemorated by Black Americans as an independence day — in a city where a race massacre took place 99 years ago. According to CNN, hundreds of African-Americans died during the Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921. In a statement, Trump campaign advisor Katrina Pierson defended the move. "As part of the party of Lincoln, Republicans are proud of the history of Juneteenth, which is the anniversary of the last reading of the Emancipation Proclamation," Pierson wrote. Going to the site of a race massacre where a white mob attacked black people on JUNETEENTH https://t.co/FoAzzlqd2y — Andrea Purse (@drepurse) June 10, 2020 The Tulsa race massacre happened 99 years ago. Tensions between white and Black Americans in the city were high due to the success of "Black Wall Street," or the Greenwood District, which had more than 300 Black-owned businesses. Mechelle Brown, director of programs at the Greenwood Cultural Center told CNN that white people at the time would make comments like: "How dare these Negroes have a grand piano in their house, and I don't have a piano in my house." White armed mobs stormed Greenwood after an incident where Sarah Page, a 17-year-old white girl, who operated an elevator initially claimed she was assaulted by Dick Rowland, a 19-year-old Black man who took the elevator. "This particular day after the elevator doors closed and Sarah Page and Dick Rowland were alone in the elevator a few moments, there was a scream," Brown told CNN. The account of events varies, as the Tulsa Historical Society and Museum points out. As CNN wrote: "Other historic accounts say Rowland tripped leaving the elevator, grabbed Page's arm, she screamed and an onlooker went to authorities." Rowland reportedly ran after the incident but was arrested later and charged by local authorities, though Page declined to press charges. Rumors circulated that she was raped. After an "inflammatory" story in the local paper, the Tulsa Historical Society and Museum said, the confrontations started off between a group of Black and white men, who confronted each other in front of the courthouse where Rowland was being held. After gunshots were fired, the Black men retreated to Greenwood, before a white mob destroyed and looted the district. According to Human Rights Watch, more than 1,2o0 houses and 35 square blocks were destroyed in just one day. By the end of the massacre, "Black Wall Street" was decimated and photos showed Black people dead in the street. The Tulsa Historical Society and Museum explained that "contemporary reports of deaths began at 36. Historians now believe as many as 300 people may have died." Despite the magnitude of destruction, the massacre was largely ignored and missing from the educational curriculum in the state. "Oklahoma schools did not talk about it. In fact, newspapers didn't even print any information about the Tulsa Race Riot," US Senator James Lankford of Oklahoma told CNN affiliate KFOR in 2018. "It was completely ignored. It was one of those horrible events that everyone wanted to sweep under the rug and ignore." June 1, 2020, marked the 99th anniversary of the massacre, as protests for racial justice continued across the country after the death of George Floyd, a Black man, who became unresponsive when a white police officer knelt on his neck. All four officers involved were fired and charged with crimes relating to his death: ex-officer Dereck Chauvin was charged with second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and manslaughter, three others were charged with aiding and abetting. Trump's response to the protests has been widely panned and he called for law enforcement to 'dominate' protesters in the street. Trump has criticized protesters and made insensitive comments about Floyd. Past rallies have been a hotbed for violent rhetoric, and Trump has a history of racially charged comments. In the past, he called African nations "shithole countries," and said there were fine people on "both sides" in response to white supremacists gathering in Charlottesville in 2017 that left a counter-protester Heather Heyer dead. "President Trump has built a record of success for Black Americans, including unprecedented low unemployment before the global pandemic, all-time high funding for Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and criminal justice reform," his campaign advisor also said in the statement. Trump campaign’s @KatrinaPierson responds to a request for comment on the date/location of the Tulsa rally: “Joe Biden spent last Juneteenth raising money at a private fundraiser.” pic.twitter.com/k1ZrgcOQTd — Misyrlena Egkolfopoulou (@misyrlena) June 11, 2020 According to The Times, Trump's planned rally comes as polls show his political opponent former Vice President Joe Biden leading by several points. In her statement, Pierson also went on to reference an incident where Biden called out two Southern segregationist senators by name as he defended himself over accusations of being "old-fashioned," The New York Times reported at the time. "Joe Biden spent last Juneteenth raising money at a private fundraiser and defending comments he made celebrating his work with segregationist senators," she wrote. Biden said he was speaking on the need to "be able to reach consensus under our system," but some other democrats had accused him of "too focused on overtures to the right," the Times reported. Trump won Oklahoma, a deep-red state, by 36 points in the 2016 election. The state began lifting its coronavirus lockdown on April 24. However, experts warn that the risk of catching the coronavirus is not over. Oklahoma had recorded 7,480 cases of the coronavirus and 355 deaths, as of Wednesday, June 10. According to The Times, it's very unlikely that any social distancing measures will be put in place and attendees will most likely not be required to wear masks. However, some campaign officials said they were considering providing hand sanitizer to reduce risk. "Americans are ready to get back to action and so is President Trump," Brad Parscale, the president's campaign manager, said in a statement earlier in the week, according to the Times. "The Great American Comeback is real and the rallies will be tremendous."Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Inside London during COVID-19 lockdown
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