Why Are Black Americans Hit Harder by Coronavirus? | Amanpour and Company

Amanpour and Company

Apr 9, 2020

Coronavirus has hit Louisiana hard, with new data revealing that it has affected African Americans particularly badly: The state’s black community accounts for 70% of the deaths, even though they make up only 33% of the population. The Mayor of New Orleans, LaToya Cantrell, says this disparity is reflected nationwide because of systemic problems with poverty traps and lack of resources. Mayor Cantrell speaks with Walter Isaacson–and explains why Mardi Gras went ahead as a pandemic loomed.

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