PHOENIX – COVID-19 is disproportionately killing African Americans across the United States and hurting their businesses at higher rates when compared to other ethnicities. But the Trump administration seems content with shirking responsibility.
Back in April, Trump administration officials summed up the disparity in deaths to: The health of black Americans is worse than the health of other Americans.
The administration has apparently decided to cast the blame for African Americans’ disproportionate deaths elsewhere and ignore the many ways that Trump has made black Americans uniquely vulnerable to the virus.
Rubbing salt in the wound, the number of working African American business owners fell 40 percent, far more than other groups amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Meanwhile, 16 percent of African Americans reported being laid off or furloughed since the pandemic hit the United States, compared with 11 percent of whites. African American unemployment in Arizona was already lagging under the Trump administration, and now the situation is likely even direr.
Instead of swift action, Trump’s response has been paralysis. The White House Opportunity and Revitalization Council, repurposed by Trump on April 22 to confront the pandemic’s disproportionate damage to communities of color, appears stuck in limbo with no clear plan of action.
“Trump has failed in his COVID-19 response by downplaying risks, ignoring experts, and wasting precious time — and Trump’s failures are disproportionately hurting communities of color in Arizona and across the country,” said Matt Grodsky, Arizona Democratic Party spokesman, “We need a President who will lead and solve problems, not shift blame and make matters worse.”