Washington, D.C. — A new Center for American Progress analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data demonstrates that over the past several months, families of color have disproportionately experienced negative social, economic, and mental health effects of the coronavirus crisis.
This new analysis provides racially disaggregated estimates for the percentages of U.S. households experiencing economic, housing, and food insecurity, as well as health and health care problems. It is based on U.S. Census Bureau data collected from May 28 to June 2 of this year.
Among the key findings:
“Data show that the coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated racial disparities and harmed the physical and economic well-being of Black and Latinx households,” said Connor Maxwell, senior policy analyst for Race and Ethnicity Policy at CAP and author of the analysis. “As Americans grapple with the racism endemic in our nation’s police forces, these data underscore that systemic racism permeates every aspect of American society, from the labor market, to housing, to food security and access to health services. Discrimination in all these areas during the coronavirus crisis, and for centuries before that, has compounded to persistently harm communities of color.”
Read: “The Coronavirus Crisis Is Worsening Racial Inequality” by Connor Maxwell