WASHINGTON — Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has known as for coronavirus reparations for minorities, claiming increased numbers of COVID-19 fatalities in low-income communities stems from underlying inequality.
“COVID deaths are disproportionately spiking in Black + Brown communities,” Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) tweeted to her 6 million followers on Friday morning.
“Why? As a result of the power toll of redlining, environmental racism, wealth hole, and many others. ARE underlying well being circumstances,” the Bronx-born lawmaker added.
“Inequality is a comorbidity. COVID reduction needs to be drafted with a lens of reparations,” she wrote.
Along with her district ravaged by the coronavirus, AOC got here below hearth Friday for taking part in a “digital discussion board” with constituents — from the comforts of her plush abode in DC.
Congress expanded unemployment advantages in its $2 trillion coronavirus assist bundle however there was no dialogue of reparations for poorer communities.
The Affiliation of American Medical Faculties final month warned the outbreak could possibly be significantly brutal for marginalized communities who can’t afford to overlook work and haven’t any method to keep away from crowded circumstances.
A New York Metropolis Division of Well being map launched Wednesday exhibits the virus is hitting lower-income neighborhoods tougher, with extra instances in locations akin to Brownsville, South Bronx, Flatbush, Jackson Heights and Elmhurst.
The 30-year-old self-described Democratic socialist has been important of the federal government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, lashing out at Gov. Andrew Cuomo for not briefly suspending lease funds like he did for mortgage holders.
“We’re form of creating a category and race difficulty,” AOC instructed WNYC’s “The Brian Lehrer Present” on Wednesday.
“We’re basically rewarding and providing preferential remedy to landowners and people who’re extra rich, and we’re not providing that very same form of reduction to renters.”