Colin Kaepernick Launches Coronavirus Relief Fund To Aid People Of Color
The Know Your Rights Camp has raised more than $137,000 in two days.
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“Black and brown communities are being disproportionately devastated by COVID-19 because of hundreds of years of structural racism,” he says in the minute-long video posted to Twitter. “That’s why we’ve established the Know Your Rights Camp COVID-19 Relief Fund to help address these issues.”
Structural racism makes Black & Brown ppl more likely to die from #COVID19. We've launched the Know Your Rights Camp COVID-19 Relief Fund to directly impact the disproportionate effect #coronavirus is having on our communities. #WeGotUs 🖤✊🏾 Donate at: https://t.co/ag2euE1Qtz pic.twitter.com/aBcjKku2kC
— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) April 16, 2020
The video, which has over 240,000 views, shows maps of coronavirus cases by area, as well as instances of Black people who have died from the virus.
“Health inequities are because we’ve had policies that devalue groups of people,” one of the video's narrators said.
The 32-year-old donated $100,000 to the fund, and the camp has raised an additional $50,000 in two days. Donations to the relief fund will aid in buying and distributing food, providing shelter, purchasing personal protective equipment and helping people who are incarcerated.
I’m donating $100,000 to the Know Your Rights Camp COVID-19 Relief Fund. Join us in our mission to help address the disproportionate affect the pandemic is having on our communities🖤✊🏾Use the hashtag #WeGotUs & tag @yourrightscamp after you donate so they can show you some love pic.twitter.com/yzcTlvw7mR— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) April 16, 2020
The foundation has already delivered 75 meals to the staff at the Brooklyn Hospital Center, according to its website.
Contributions will also go toward researching how the virus is spreading through Black communities. The Know Your Rights Camp is working with The Atlantic’s COVID Tracking Project and The Antiracist Research & Policy Center's Racial Data Tracker to give the public pertinent data about the virus.
The Know Your Rights Camp website highlights how housing, medical racism, incarceration and other forms of structural racism are affecting the rate at which Black people are being infected by the coronavirus.
U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams said that many “Black Americans are at higher risk for COVID,” as Blavity previously reported.
“When you look at being Black in America, people, unfortunately, are more likely to be of low socioeconomic status, which makes it harder to social distance. We know that Blacks are more likely to have diabetes, heart disease, lung disease, and I've shared myself, personally, that I have high blood pressure," he said.
Most state health departments have yet to release the race and ethnicity of those who have contracted COVID-19 even though many have been calling on the government to track the racial data, reports The Washington Post. The CDC just began analyzing cases by demographics about a week ago. The majority of cases tracked by the CDC do not have race specified. Of the 24% of cases that do specify race, 64% are white and 34% are Black. Recoveries and deaths are not recorded.
Black communities in Illinois, North Carolina, Louisiana, Michigan and Wisconsin are seeing higher percentages of deaths in comparison to population.
While Black people make up 33% of the population in Louisiana, they constitute about 70% of coronavirus-related deaths, according to The Post.
All coronavirus deaths in St. Louis were Black people, up until April 10 when the city reported a Hispanic woman, a white man and a woman whose race was not identified all died, according to Business Insider.