SOCY 2450 Macomb Community College Race Ethnicity in Macomb County Discussion

I want you to take a tour of this FREE course on diversity. It is a great place to start discussions on the issue of racial inequality in the US. It has a very broad perspective and begins with HOW WE TALK ABOUT RACE ISSUES. 

Please look through each module. There are lots of articles, charts, and videos embedded in the course. See what the topics are. Write your discussion post about the course answering these questions:

Would you be interested in taking part in one or all of the modules offered? Who do you think would benefit most from this diversity dialogues course?

How the Coronavirus Pandemic has Highlighted Racial Inequality

A Summation of the Relationship Between COVID-19 and Racial Inequality in the U.S.

Consider these key pieces of data (which may vary as the pandemic continues to evolve):

By the end of May 2020:

  • Nationally, African-American deaths from COVID-19 are nearly two times greater than would be expected based on their share of the population.1
  • In 42 states plus Washington D.C., Hispanics/Latinos make up a greater share of confirmed cases than their share of the population.1

Responses to this:

“Racial ethnic disparities in COVID-19 are the result of pre-pandemic realities. It’s a legacy of structural discrimination that has limited access to health and wealth for people of color,” said Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith, director of the Equity Research and Innovation Center at Yale School of Medicine. Dr. Nunez-Smith also noted that African-Americans also often have less access to quality health care, and are disproportionately represented in essential frontline jobs that can’t be done from home, increasing their exposure to the virus.1

Dr. Utibe Essien, a health equity researcher at the University of Pittsburgh, has been studying COVID-19 racial and ethnic disparities. Dr. Essien has noted similar findings of significant increase in COVID-19 fatalities for African-American and Hispanic and Latino Americans. He has urged for collection of more demographic and cultural data in relationship to COVID-19 patients. Note the representation below, as included in Dr. Essien’s research2:


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Racism against Asians and Asian-Americans during COVID-19 PandemicHate poster

A disturbing sign posted. From the article Coronavirus discrimination: Victims share stories of hate crimes after 650+ incidents reported: (Links to an external site.)I Am Not A Virus

Forbes urges Americans not to participate in racist remarks or treatment during COVID-19 pandemic. From the article (Links to an external site.)Fight the Virus

Read the PBS story: ‘We have been through this before.’ Why anti-Asian hate crimes are rising amid coronavirus: (Links to an external site.)

Additional readings provided by Mathematics Professor Jonathan Oaks:

‘I will not stand silent.’ 10 Asian Americans Reflect on Racism During the Pandemic (Links to an external site.) (Time)

Anti-Asian Racism & Coronavirus (Links to an external site.) (The New York Times)

Examining COVID’s impact on Asians and Pacific Islanders (Links to an external site.) (The Harvard Gazette)

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