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COVID-19, Black ‘hard-headedness’ will conspire to kill you

Nobody’s going to cry for you when COVID-19 tucks you in a soil grave six feet under  Black communities may now be bearing the brunt of the spread of COVID-19 in the South, and urban areas

Nobody’s going to cry for you when COVID-19 tucks you in a soil grave six feet under 

Black communities may now be bearing the brunt of the spread of COVID-19 in the South, and urban areas like Chicago, Ill. and Detroit, Mich., based on a number of factors, but in South Los Angeles, Compton, and Inglewood, the following rings sadly true:

For two months running our community did not (1) take the pandemic seriously; (2) embraced an untruth by Afrocentric hardliners that our immune system is resistant to the coronavirus, (3) Black millennials by-in-large ignored the “self-distancing” stricture (two weeks ago a phalanx of LAPD police officers brandishing batons were called to break up a birthday party near Slauson/Western attended by roughly sixty 20-something Black females that nearly ended in a riot because the group taunted the cops and refused to disperse initially, (4) As late as 8-10 days ago, there were no coronavirus testing stations in South LA, Compton or Inglewood, therefore infected Blacks may have been spreading the disease exponentially.

Because many or shall I say “most” Blacks who may be infected never tested for the virus, quite possibly infecting hundreds, the urban community in Los Angeles may not have seen the worst of COVID-19’s virulence as the disease spreads geometrically.

COVID-19 is, after all an equal opportunity grim reaper.

 

 

 

Jarrette Fellows, Jr. is Publisher and Editor of Compton Herald. He attended junior and senior high school in Compton, and is an alumnus of California State University, Los Angeles.

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