RACISM AND PANDEMIC
Do you know that minority ethnic groups in the Uk were more likely to test positive for Covid19 during the first wave of the pandemic? The substantial impact of Coronavirus on black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) people, who were more likely then white British people to die from diseases has highlighted long-standing disparities in health, income, housing and jobs. According to the office for National Statistics, black people were more then four times as likes to die for Covid 19 as the white British population.
Disproportionate rates of poverty, unstable and low paid labour, which was mostly undertaken by key workers, as well as poorer working conditions and overcrowding houses – all of which placed ethnic minorities at a higher risk of infections. In addition, according to a survey conducted by U.K. Human Rights Commission, as part of an investigation into racism and inequalities, 64% of Black people do not believe that their health is as well protected by the NHS as
that of white people’s. With a 34.3% who disagreed, and another 29.6% who disagreed strongly, followed by a 78% of Black women who does not fell equally protected. We have to remember that cities have a larger concentration of
(BAME) and from what we know urban areas in England were hit the hardest; Therefore we have to take into consideration that the correlation of the statistics doesn’t necessarily fit the narrative.
For example, in some cultural dynamic we have some household with larger amount of inhabitant. The Bangladeshi community in Britain, has the 24% highest rates of overcrowding household, followed by the Pakistani with the 18% and the Black African community with 16%. Furthermore, is important to remember that some of the statistics don’t rely on race but on cultural norms of specific minority communities. However there are still underline issues about minority groups who does not feel protected in comparison to their white counterpart when it comes to
the NHS which is to take into consideration. What are your thoughts on this?
Article by Fatima Mboup.