Public Health Emergencies: Coronavirus and Systemic Racism : Short Wave Across the country, demonstrators are protesting the death of George Floyd and the ongoing systemic racism that is woven into the fabric of the United States. The protests come in the middle of an unprecedented pandemic that is disproportionately killing people of color — particularly black Americans. We talk to public health expert David Williams about how these two historic moments are intertwined.
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Coronavirus And Racism Are Dual Public Health Emergencies

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Coronavirus And Racism Are Dual Public Health Emergencies

Coronavirus And Racism Are Dual Public Health Emergencies

Coronavirus And Racism Are Dual Public Health Emergencies

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Demonstrators raise their fists on Wednesday during a protest in downtown Los Angeles. Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP hide caption

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Demonstrators raise their fists on Wednesday during a protest in downtown Los Angeles.

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Across the country, demonstrators are protesting the death of George Floyd and the ongoing systemic racism that is woven into the fabric of the United States. The protests come in the middle of an unprecedented pandemic that is disproportionately killing people of color — particularly black Americans. We talk to public health expert David Williams about systemic racism that is at the heart of a long-standing public health crisis for Black America. And we discuss the risks facing protesters who are gathering, despite the dangers of coronavirus.

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This episode was produced by Rebecca Ramirez and fact-checked by Emily Vaughn. Geoff Brumfiel and Leah Donnella were the editors.

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