Racism and COVID-19
Inequities and Policing

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Racism and COVID-19: Inequities and Policing
Facebook Live Q&A with David Harris, Managing Director, Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race & Justice, Harvard Law School

Presented jointly by The Forum at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and The World from PRX & WGBH

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Calls for social justice and police reform have gained momentum as unrest continues across the country in the wake of the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and Rayshard Brooks. These calls are intersecting with the coronavirus pandemic, which has highlighted long existing health and economic disparities between Black Americans and other groups. Even now, as COVID-19 cases crest more than 2 million in the country, we see disproportionate impacts on black communities, with the overall mortality rate for Black Americans from COVID-19 more than twice as high as those for Whites, Asian and Latino Americans. In this Facebook Live Q&A, David Harris, Managing Director of the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race & Justice at Harvard Law School, discussed the drivers of current unrest and issues of police injustice — and steps to consider to create a more just society. 

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Presented jointly by The Forum at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and The World from PRX & WGBH

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