Skip to comments.'Perfect storm for when COVID hits': Neglected Black communities in Alabama see coronavirus surge
Posted on 06/17/2020 5:34:07 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer
LOWNDES COUNTY, Ala. -- The area known as Alabama's Black Belt has been hit hard by the coronavirus.
The mostly rural region, which includes more than a dozen counties and is famous for pivotal Civil Rights-era events like the march from Selma and the Montgomery bus boycott, has some of the highest infection rates in the state.
It also has high unemployment, low income levels - several counties have poverty rates north of 30 percent, according to a 2019 University of Alabama analysis - and limited access to grocery stores, sewage service and health care.
Some hard-hit areas, like Lowndes County, outside Montgomery, the state capital, don't have a single intensive care bed, according to the Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Center.
To Felecia Lucky, president of the Black Belt Community Foundation, the virus has only magnified the region's long-simmering problems.
"When you look at our communities that are predominantly African American, with the lack of access to health care, pre-existing conditions - it's almost all the ingredients for a perfect storm for when COVID hits," she said.
Perman Hardy, a Lowndes County resident, said the virus was highlighting how people in the region can feel forgotten.
"This coronavirus has brought a lot to the surface that was hidden," he said. "You really seeing a lot of what the minority and Black people have to endure and what they are still enduring."
He added: "If you have a state like Alabama, cases steady going up, what are you going to do in the rural part of Alabama?"
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It’s unfair to expect everyone to accept lockdown and follow rules and stuff.
Its Racist to be anti-lockdown. That’s the next shift
Might explain why they don’t have any ICU beds there.
Is that where Lady Bird Johnson owned a bunch of land?
NBC sees a racism boogyman under every rock and behind every tree and blasts it through their megaphone. The only ones who believe their nonsense are gullible blacks.
Maybe Black Lives Matter communists will come down and build a textile plant and pay the folks high wages to make clothes in the USA. Maybe Nike could pay Americans to make outrageously priced shoes right here in Alabama. What a novel idea.
No one is stopping the folks from being in lockdown.
Neglected? Perhaps they can try doing for themselves on a community scale
“”When you look at our communities that are predominantly African American, with the lack of access to health care, pre-existing conditions”
So did Odunga Care let these folks down? That will be the last rock that these communities will look under for an excuss.
Coronavirus, like basketball and rap music, is an invention of the Man, to keep the black man down.
Virus be racis!
Sounds like theyd all qualify for Medicaid or full subsidy zero monthly payment Obamacare, both of which cover pre-existing conditions and are free. So, why are they lacking healthcare then?
What is the exact mechanism that causes their oppression? Do they not know about COVID-19? Have they not heard about social distancing? Do they have no masks? If they could identify a concrete problem, then we could fix it. But the don’t. They don’t want the problem fixed. They just want you to feel guilty. This kind of rhetoric is not news. It is emotional manipulation.
No doctors or hospitals. No industry. No nothing.
And no entrepreneurs.
Lots of welfare though.
Ran some numbers for Lowndes Co. Al and Rockland Co NY (an upper middle class suburb of NY City
Cases/1000 Lowndes 40 Rockland 43 NY State 21
Deaths/1000 1.5 2.1 1.5
County is above average, but not an outlier.
Why isn’t BLM - with all its millions extorted from businesses - in there helping their fellow blacks?
Nailed it, it's all about extorting money and guilty Whites and corporations are tripping over each other to pay for redemption, which will never come.
You can also be sure the newly acquired BLM wealth is going into the hands of a very very few and the masses will never see a penny of it.
Just like the money Soros’s organizations set aside to bail out protesters from jail has disappeared into a few hands - millions upon millions.
No different from African warlords and dictators who take all aide money from the West and disappear it while their people starve to death.
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