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How the government’s mistreatment of the COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately and negatively impacted essential workers, BIPOC communities, and incarcerated people.

By Patrisse Cullors

Today I want to talk to you all about something that is has been heavy on my heart, and that is how the government’s mistreatment of the Covid-19 pandemic has disproportionately and negatively impacted essential workers, BIPOC communities and incarcerated people. I also share some important and eye opening statistics about BIPOC essential workers and incarcerated people’s experience in the pandemic and my hopes for the future administration’s plan for tackling Covid-19.

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all right everyone patrice colors here

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i’ve been really torn up about something

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that is how this government has

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dealt with covid 19. i don’t know it

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just doesn’t sit right with me

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especially because the people who are

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are bipoc folks black indigenous

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people of color you know the population

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are folks who are sitting inside of

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people who are the essential workers

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folks who are being forced

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to deal with this pandemic even though

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isn’t supporting them i know that i am

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and i just want to take some space to

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what has happened to so many families

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how does covid 19 impact bipoc

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differently so we’ve been romanticizing

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the essential worker i just

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finished watching the grey’s anatomy

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episode with all the doctors

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and nurses like being the superheroes

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only 30 of our essential workers are

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70 are your grocery shore worker

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your truck driver your usps

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driver amazon driver and your child care

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these are the folks who are being hit

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the hardest these are the folks who are

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black indigenous and people of color

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they’re often doing thankless work

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and yet they are making our whole worlds

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and they’re doing it risking their lives

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and yoshonda i just want you to know

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i’ve been watching grey’s anatomy for

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it’s high drama i love the high drama

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let me give you a few statistics people

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43 of essential workers in this pandemic

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75 of essential workers inside of new

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are people of color about one in five

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black workers are able to work from home

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and about one in six latino workers

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are able to work from home this is where

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we’re at in this country

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are being forced to be essential workers

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inside of this pandemic and not

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that they should be getting and y’all i

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and go on the house floor and yell at

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all of the republicans because as you

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we’ve only had one stimulus package with

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so many of our community members

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unable to feed their selves their

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unable to pay their rent losing their

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and losing everything that they worked

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for we are rooting for you essential

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thank you for everything that you are

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the community i’m going to talk about

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never talk about them and that’s

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so i’m not gonna actually talk about the

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epidemic of incarceration for black

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and this video we’ll save that for

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another time we’re gonna

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focus in on el paso texas and what’s

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because covid 19 and incarceration means

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and before we get to the nitty-gritty of

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let’s go over a couple of statistics

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are infected at a five times greater

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than the overall u.s population the

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of incarcerated people is 30 times

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higher than the national rate the

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largest outbreaks of covid 19

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were in correctional facilities as of

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august inside of san quentin over 2600

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incarcerated people and guards have been

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an incarcerated person inside of san

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it is a perfect environment for people

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die in prisons and jails have guards

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but they also need to be able to run

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who mows the lawns who cooks the food

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it’s people who are incarcerated

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they’re the actual essential workers

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inside of jails and prisons

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many of them haven’t actually been

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they’re being forced to risk their lives

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dead body into the mobile morgues

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this is sinister this is sinister

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as i’m reflecting on the impact covid 19

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has had on bipoc communities

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i’m thinking about this president

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and how he denied that covid 19 was a

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even when he got covid 19. i’m thinking

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how our folks have little to no

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access to adequate health care and what

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i’m really really struck with

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is the need for universal health care

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the need for every single person to be

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and know that they’re going to get the

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support that they need i know all this

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sounds bleak it does for me

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but i am feeling hopeful i’ve never let

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anything stop me from fighting

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for my people i’m definitely not going

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gonna let a global pandemic stop me from

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stay safe stay educated stay connected

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we need you i also forgot to say like

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