African Americans


The Crisis Within the Crisis: COVID-19 Is Ravaging African Americans

, Senior Climate Justice and Health Scientist

Why hasn’t the CDC acknowledged that African Americans are at higher risk for severe COVID-19 illness and death and why isn’t that reflected in its updated COVID-19 Guidelines? It is no secret that simply being African American in the United States is bad for one’s health. Early data also suggest that you’re more likely to die if you get COVID-19—and you’re African American. The CDC has a responsibility to speak to what the emerging data say about the health of African American communities. Help is needed NOW. Read more >

Photo: Yvette Arellano/TEJAS
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As temperatures soar above the 100ºF mark, hitting a high of 106ºF by mid-day, children play in open fire hydrants during a heat wave in New York, NY.

African Americans Are Disproportionately Exposed to Extreme Heat

, Senior Climate Justice and Health Scientist

Climate change is a threat multiplier. This is a fact I know to be true. I also know that our most vulnerable populations, particularly environmental justice communities—people of color and/or low socioeconomic status—are suffering and will continue to suffer first and worst from the adverse effects of climate change. Case in point? Extreme heat. Read more >

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