Tuesday, June 16, 2020

African American deaths from Covid-19 exceed white deaths as percentage of popuation

Coronavirus deaths impact more African Americans and Latinos ...

From "Covid-19 is taking a deadly toll on African Americans" by Brian Gilmore, in June/July, 2020, The Progressive, p.46

Black people in Michigan make up just 14 percent of the state’s population but accounted for 40 percent of its COVID-19 deaths through early April. 

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Sunday, June 14, 2020

Do police belong in schools or are there better ways to handle school misconduct?

Do police belong in schools or should then be more school counselors, social workers, student assistance counselors, and restorative justice programs?

 What happens when school misbehavior gets criminalized?


Why are Covid-19 infection and death rates higher among people of color than whites?

COVID-19: The Questions Ahead for Future Travel and Transport | RAND

Why are Covid-19 infection and death rates higher among people of color than whites?

The general answer is because people of color are poorer than whites and don't have has many and different social resources. First,  more people of color live in public housing and higher density apartment buildings and neighborhoods where social distancing is much more difficult.

Second, people of color are more likely to use public transporation and not have their personal vehicles.

Third, people of color tend to work in minimum wage service jobs which do not allow teleworking. These jobs are usually hourly instead of salaried with fewer benefits such as sick leave and personal time off.

Fourth, people of color tend to have less access to health care because of lack of health insurance and lack of geographical access to providers.

Fifth, people of color are more likely to have chronic health conditions which go untreated or poorly treated such as hypertension, heart diesease, pulmonary conditions such as asthma, diabetes, and other metabolic conditions.

The above named factors denser housing, more use of public transporation, hourly jobs, lack of access to health care, and untreated chronic health diseases are systemic factors which contribute to the infection and health disparities.

These are problems that can be solved if there is the political will and the managerial competence to design more effective and efficient social systems that produce better outcomes.

Friday, June 12, 2020

Why are blacks dying in the Covid-19 pandemic at significantly higher rates than whites?

Chart: COVID-19's Devastating Impact On African Americans | Statista

Communities of color have been hit much harder by Covid-19 than white communities. There are many reasons for this and we will be covering these reasons to better understand how systemic racism works and the consequences for our society.

As of April 6,2020, Louisiana is composed of 32% of blacks and account for 70% of the deaths. In Illinois blacks make up 15% of the population and42% of the deaths. This pattern is consistant across the country.


To be continued

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Why are tax payors paying for civil damages in malpractice by police officers?

Just how generous are Detroit's pensions?

From  Bozelko, Chandra, "How much police brutality is in our wallet?" The Daily Record, June 8, 2020, p.5

It’s not fair that officers who don’t brutalize people would lose their retirements because of the bad apples. But that’s the problem with these alleged good cops; they’re not that good if they let the bad cops keep choking and shooting people. Putting pensions in danger would cause the cops to police themselves more.
November is coming. Ask candidates to promise to negotiate union contracts where cops’, corrections officers’ and other peace officers’ pockets are on the line with black lives. Vote for those who do

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Before you vote for Sheriff, Mayor, Town Supervisor, Governor, find out what's in the police officer's contracts that they have negotiated.

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Tax payers pay for police malpractice enabling it to continue

Cost of Police-Misconduct Cases Soars in Big U.S. Cities - WSJ

From "How Much Police Brutality Is In Our Wallet?" by Chandra Bozelko in The Daily Record, June 8, 2020, p.5

The protests and riots popping up around the country present the issue of how we value lives, spurred on by the death of George Floyd, a demise that’s been called — properly, in my opinion — murder by authorities. Police violence will never end in the United States as long as we think black people and their lives are disposable. 

Who matters and who doesn’t is part of what’s happening in the streets these days. Another reason why police brutality persists is that its perpetrators never have to pay for it. Claims for damages from violence by law enforcement are borne by taxpayers as police union members skip off with their pensions.

If state and local governments paid each successful claim of brutality or corruption out of police pension funds, this violence would go the way of dial-up internet; no one would use it or even think about it except in hindsight as they talk about how common it once was. 

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Editor's note:

Systemic racism is often hidden from conscious awareness. It is not until we take a look behind the curtain that we begin to see the factors that contribute to way things are.

To become aware of systemic racism, a person has to read between the lines, and look for the back story.

One of the interesting things about police misconduct is that the officer perpetrating the misconduct and malpractice is shielded from identification and does not have to personally take responsibility for their malpractice. This is unlike any other profession. Most professionals can be sued for malpractice, and have their licenses to practice suspended or revoked. Not so with police officers whose damages for malpractice gets paid for by the tax payers.

Why would taxpayers want to pay for the malpractice of police officers any more that they would want to pay for the malpractice of their physicians, lawyers or any other professional whose job it was was to serve them to the best of their ability in alignment with commonly recognized professional standards?

Tax payers paying for police officer malpractice is a form of enabling that malpractice because police officers are not personally held accountable for damages the harm they have caused as they carry out the practices of their profession.

“The public knows nothing about it,” former New Orleans Mayor Marc Morial told the NPR show “Marketplace” on June 2: “Many times it’s hidden behind confidentiality agreements, attorney-client privilege. It’s not discussed.” You don’t know if those mill (tax) rate hikes covered a debt incurred by a rogue cop.

With the tax payer paying the civil damages for police officer malpractice, the malpractice continues and is unconsciously added and abetted by the public who cast a blind eye and pay for the brutality towards nonwhite citizens.

Saturday, June 6, 2020

Support the NAACP Legal Defense Fund

Today, 06/06/20, I renewed my membership in the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. You can help too.

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