COVID-19 and Racism

Black Lives Matter!

We know that COVID-19 is disproportionately affecting people of color and disadvantaged communities. Race and ethnicity are risk markers for other underlying conditions that impact health — including socioeconomic status, access to health care, and increased exposure to the virus due to occupation (frontline, essential, and critical infrastructure workers).

If they had died of COVID-19 at the same actual rate as white Americans, about 18,000 Black, 6,000 hispanic, 600 indigenous, and 70 Pacific Islander Americans would still be alive. 

American Public Media
August 5, 2020

Here are two shining examples of what our COVIDxNOW and EBW members are doing to address racism and systemic oppression.


Grammy-nominated Musician with a Message
Founder of the SaulPaul Foundation and Be the Change, author and activist. Through his life experiences, music and the arts, and his community, SaulPaul is building solutions to support foster youth, incarcerated individuals, and the homeloss through the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. He tells of his personal life story and how he is using his talent and passion to inspire others to Be the Change.

Stuart Williams

Founder and Chairman of In Place Impact
Stuart comes from a background of investment banking and decided to change course and focus on addressing the causes of poverty. He traveled around the world to learn more about this and the outcome is his approach of “impact economics,” working directly in, and with, communities to alleviate poverty and build inclusive and sustainable communities.